Direct support Yakima Ellensburg washingtonDirect Support Professionals

The primary role of the Direct Support Professional is to provide daily living support to the clients by being in the client’s home and community.

Job Description

At Kittitas Interactive Management, we make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by creating opportunities to teach, learn and build relationships within their communities. Are you a dynamic, responsible, energetic individual who is passionate about helping people grow and succeed? As a direct support professional/ In-home caregiver, you would be responsible for supporting a person living in and engaging with the community. If contributing to something meaningful and making a difference describes you, we would love to hear from you today!

About the KIM

Kittitas Interactive Management is a family-owned non-profit organization established in 1999. The mission statement of K.I.M. is: Advocating change for a better tomorrow! We provide in-home care, habilitation, personal care, and community access opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. We pride ourselves on being open, honest, fun, friendly, and involved in the client’s lives.

Our services follow the “CHIRPS” Values acronym: Competence, Health & Safety, Integration, Relationships, Power & Choice, and Status. We tailor our care to each client’s abilities, wishes, and personal choices. By combining our fundamental values with our mission, we seek to earn the right to be viewed as the most trusted supported living provider in Washington State.

We employ staff that embodies empathy and honesty and can promote our core values every day. Sick pay is available for all employees after 90 days of employment. For full-time employees, we offer a full benefits package including medical, vision, and dental insurances.

Job Requirements:

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Minimum age of 18 years.
  • Current criminal background check cleared by DSHS/BCCU before working alone unsupervised with the clients.
  • Valid driver’s license or Washington State ID.
  • Home telephone or cell phone.
  • Ability to follow instructions, organize and set priorities
  • the ability to work well with other staff and clients.
  • Exhibit job-related competency and ability to make independent judgments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide training, assistance, and support to clients in all areas of daily living as outlined in the client’s POC (Plan of Care), IISP (Individual Instruction and Support Plan), PBSP (Positive Behavior Support Plan), and therapist approved treatment plan.
  • Supervise clients to ensure adequate safety.
  • Ensure adequate health care for each client.
  • Implement and evaluate individualized programs for clients.
  • Maintain client confidentially.
  • Maintain appropriate staff/client relationships.
  • Acknowledge the needs, wants, and rights of clients with dignity and respect.
  • Transport clients to and from all agency activities.
  • Accompany clients on all outings and activities.
  • Complete all forms, reports, and datasheets as required by the administrator.
  • Safeguard all company and client property.
  • Be aware and abide by all agency policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Promptly report instances of injuries, behaviors, abuse and safety hazards, etc. to the administrator.
  • Maintain an ongoing inventory of the client’s personal property.
  • Keep all hazardous materials, medications, etc. in the designated locked location.
  • Report to work on time.
  • While on duty, the staff is not allowed to partake in or have any illegal drugs or alcohol.
  • In-home Caregiver
  • Staff must be awake and alert while on duty.
  • Oversee the implementation and documentation of medications.
  • Implement a safe and clean environment in which our clients live by doing household ADLS (i.e., chores, meals, bathing, hygiene, removal of garbage, laundry, etc.)
  • Abide by Chain of Command, reporting directly to Resident Coordinator for client-related reporting and Staffing Coordinator for in-house training and scheduling, except in cases otherwise instructed.
  • Assist in resident money management.

Basic Experience Supporting Developmentally Disabled Adults:

  • None required

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

  • None required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Language Skills: Excellent reading comprehension and written communication skills are required. For example, the ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents, reports, technical specifications, governmental regulations, and correspondence.
  • Ability to apply proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format to communications. Ability to present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations to management and staff. Mathematical Skills: Ability to do simple math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication. Know how to handle cash.

Kittitas Interactive Management provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, shoe size, eye color, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, K.I.M. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)
  • dsp: 1 year (Preferred)


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Detail-oriented — would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
  • Autonomous/Independent — enjoys working with little direction


  • Reading, writing, and carrying out directions
  • Charting or taking notes for others to review
  • Providing companionship and supportive listening
  • Reporting changes in the health or status of the client
  • Feeding clients
  • Maintaining patient’s health equipment
  • Responding to emergency situations
  • Administering medication
  • Transporting client to appointments
  • Facilitating community and recreational outings, including transport
  • Providing support with hobbies, studies, and social activities

Ready to make a difference?