DSP Job Coach – Preemployment Program

DSP Job Coach - Preemployment Program

Passages seeks a full-time DSP/Job Coach for our Pre-employment program in partnership with area high schools. This individual should have experience working with individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

The job coach will work closely with high school students to prepare them for what is next after high school - be it college or the work force.

Reports To: Creative Learning Program Manager

Job Qualifications:

18 years of age or older

High school diploma or equivalent

Experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities; prefer 2 years

Valid driver’s license

Reliable transportation and proof of current auto insurance


Essential Job Functions:

  1. Certification in CPI, CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration (Core A & Core B) and any other training specified.
  2. Able to implement plans that emphasize the development of independence, employment, and person-centered practices through the participant’s Individual Support Plan, Individual Plan of Employment, and Behavioral Support Plan. Has the ability to effectively use person centered language.
  3. Support individuals to choose, understand and learn new things in a variety of settings while helping to recognize and develop natural supports that will aid in the success of integration and employment.
  1. Can effectively organize and oversee groups in the community.
  2. Maintain confidentiality and supports Passages privacy practices at all times.
  3. Ensures the individual(s) being supported are aware of their rights and help facilitate self advocacy through different mediums like but not limited to hands-on experiences, role playing and modeling.
  1. In every situation, respects the rights, dignity and honor of the individuals being served and any individual they come into contact with.
  1. Look at ways to reduce barriers that will allow for more community employment opportunities for individuals served.
  1. Monitor medical conditions thoroughly and consistently. Notify appropriate supervisor of any health concerns or needs for the individual(s) supported.
  1. Complete needed reporting and documentation.
  2. Educate participant(s) on the benefits of healthy living and how it plays a role on independence, employment and integration.  Always keeps the participant(s) health and wellbeing at the forefront of support.
  1. Conduct self as a professional role model for individuals in communication and actions to protect, respect and ensure individual(s) rights.
  1. Maintain satisfactory attendance to work shifts, staff meetings and other assigned agency functions.
  1. Meet all aspects of agency/department policies and procedures, personnel policies and safety regulations.
  1. Complete duties assigned by supervisor or designee.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift or move items up to 75 pounds.

Walking or standing for extended periods of time.

Physical restraint/redirection of individuals.

Block assaults and physically redirect aggressive individuals.

Bending, stooping, and stretching.

Ability to assist an individual to have proper personal hygiene and restroom skills.

Good eye/hand coordination.


Skills /Knowledge

Welcomes change/willing to try new ideas

Maintains good work ethic

Follows through on commitments to individuals, data requirements and training.

Exhibits positive, professional manner


Demonstrates initiative and ability to work independently

Problem solving skills

Organizational skills

Basic math skills

Knowledge of infection control/universal precautions

Knowledge of home and community safety

Written and verbal communication skills

Maintains open communication with confidentiality

Seeks feedback from team members, supervisor, consumers, families, employers, etc.

Active team player

Understanding of agency policies and procedures


Job Location


County high schools

Passages, Inc.

Within a 50-mile radius in community

How to Apply

Please download our Employment Application to fill out and return in person to the Human Resources Manager, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 301 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 201 (second floor) in Columbia City, Indiana, or by mail to:

Passages, Inc.
Attn: Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 1005
Columbia City, IN 46725

If you would rather fill out and submit the application online, you can fill out the full application here.

If you plan to fill out the online application form, please allow at least 15 to 20 minutes to fill out the form. Progress on the form cannot be saved and could be lost if you leave the page.

If we identify you as a candidate for a Direct Support Professional position, we will contact you.

Thank you for your interest in Passages, Inc.

Passages, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Passages, Inc. is a drug free workplace. Job applicants and employees are subject to drug testing.