Therapeutic Program Worker Wanted

Therapeutic Program Worker
State of Ohio

Primary Location: United States of America-OHIO-Knox County-Mount Vernon

Work Locations: 

Mt. Vernon Developmental Cente 
1250 Vernonview Drive 
 Mount Vernon 43050

Organization: Developmental Disabilities – Mt. Vernon Developmental Center

Classified Indicator: Classified
Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Bargaining Unit
Work Hours: Variable
Compensation: $17.91/Hour

Unposting Date: Dec 9, 2021, 11:59:00 PM

Job Function: Developmental Disabilities

Job Level: Individual Contributor Agency Contact Name: Shay Hanson

Agency Contact Information: 
Therapeutic Program Worker (FT/PT) (210008IE) 
Job Duties


Join Our Team!

Accepting applications for Therapeutic Program Worker


Starting Hourly Pay: $17.91

  • 1st Raise in 4 Months ($18.38/hr)
  • Approximately 7 Salary Increases in 3 Years
  • Shift differential pay for 2nd & 3rd shift (additional .60/hr)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Medical Coverage Available the 1st of the Month Following Start Date
  • Free Dental & Vision After 1 Year
  • Generous Benefits Package Including Vacation, Sick, and Personal Leave
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Who Are We?

The Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is a trauma informed care agency focused on implementing our core values and providing support to people with developmental disabilities. We oversee a statewide system of supportive services that focus on ensuring the health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment. To learn more about DODD click here.

DODD Core Values:

To help Ohioans with developmental disabilities, DODD has embodied the following core values that focus on the experience of our customers, the people we serve, and their families:

  • Kindness & Empathy – All interactions are based on genuine care and concern for all involved. We listen to those we serve, our partners, and each other.
  • Collaboration – We engage with each other and our partners with openness and trust.
  • Transparency – We are accessible and visible in our business practices.
  • Quality Innovation – The services we deliver are value-added and promote excellence.
  • Inclusiveness – Cultivate an environment that embraces diversity and ideas at every level of interaction. Our systems and processes are designed to ensure that every person is treated equally, and every voice is heard fairly.
  • Accountability – We conduct ourselves professionally and will manage taxpayer dollars responsibly.

What does a Therapeutic Program Worker do?

A Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW) is a direct care worker that helps residents with daily living skills and assists them with becoming more independent, to achieve their goals. Support given to the individual will vary based on each person’s needs and capabilities.

Key TPW Tasks:

  • Assists with eating, bathing, toileting, personal hygiene, oral hygiene, dressing, grooming, communication, money management, etiquette, and social skills
  • Implements active treatment activities such as gym, pavilion, activity room and pool
  • Assists with planning and shopping activities (e.g., shopping, vocational skills, hair appointments)
  • Complete various daily, monthly documentation
    • Including documentation any unusual incidents or reporting any reaction to medication
  • Perform light housekeeping duties in the living areas
  • Assists with redirecting unsafe actions to bring about positive outcomes




  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license with less than 6 points
  • No experience required

 Major Worker Characteristics:

Knowledge of J.C.A.H. (Joint Council for Accreditation of Hospitals) standards for resident care of ICF/IID (Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities) standards for resident care and Resident Review and Licensing Regulations*. Skill in operation of motor vehicle; direct care procedures (e.g., taking of vital signs, rendering of tub baths, appropriate lifting, and positions procedures, first aid). Ability to deal with problems involving several variables within familiar context; maintain records; cooperate with co-workers; develop good rapport with residents and/or patients; demonstrate physical strength to lift 50-100lbs; read short sentences with concrete vocabulary.

(*) Developed after employment.

 Unusual Working Conditions:

May be exposed to unpredictable resident behavior, must be able to bend, stoop, stand, lift, and run. Developmental centers operate 24/7, year-round.

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DODD is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform job functions unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship.

 Background Check Information 

Background Check Information:

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant form consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to submit to urinalysis prior to the appointment to test for illegal drug use. An applicant with a positive test result will not be offered employment.