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Therapeutic Program Worker-MVDC Job in Mount Vernon, Ohio US

Therapeutic Program Worker-MVDC

Mount Vernon Developmental Center - Mount Vernon, OH

Posted: 1/23/2024 - Expires: 4/22/2024

Job ID: 268794100


Job Description


Therapeutic Program Worker

Starting Hourly Pay: $20.60 per hour 

  • 1st Raise in 4 Months (increase to $20.92 per hour)
  • $500 bonus after 120 days
  • $500 bonus after one year
  • Multiple pay increases over your first 3.5 years of service, with an end salary of $23.49 per hour ($48,859 per year) for first shift employees. This does not even include overtime opportunities or shift differential pay!
  • Shift differential pay for 2nd & 3rd shift 
  • Potential for up to $2000 in referral bonuses
  • 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, Holiday, and Personal Leave

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

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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

Formal education in arithmetic that includes addition & subtraction & in reading, writing & speaking common English
vocabulary. In Department of Developmental Disabilities, must also possess a high school diploma or a certificate of high
school equivalence pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code 5123:2-3-01(F) (1) (c).

For positions that require operation of motor vehicle to transport consumers to recreational, educational &/or occupational
activities, a valid driver’s license is required.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

Job Skills: Therapy/Therapeutical Services, Direct Support/Direct Care

Technical Skills: Basic Documentation, Behavioral Health, Communications, Customer Service, Vehicle Operations 
Professional Skills: Conflict Management, Listening, Responsiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Teamwork

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


Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a Model Employer of Individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.  To request a reasonable accommodation due to disability, please contact ADA Coordinator Tamara Hairston at 614-466-2508 or by email at

 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.


Contact Information

Personal Contact:
17604 Coshocton Rd.
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Job Summary

Employment Type:
Full Time Employee
Job type:
Regular Employment
Skill Based Partner:
Education Level:
Attained Certificate of equivalency for a HS degree
Work Days:
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Job Reference Code
Licenses / Certifications:
Valid Drivers License
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