Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Posted 11 months ago

Position Summary

Provide support and training to people with developmental disabilities who live residential settings that are operated by Spaulding Support Services. Supports are based upon the individual’s skills, preferences, needs, choices, and values. The Direct Support Professional will provide opportunities for individuals to be as independent as possible by adhering to the Code of Ethics when assisting in decision making for all aspects of their life.

Essential Job Functions

  • Demonstrate respect for all individuals being supported.
  • Gains knowledge about each individual’s plan of service.  (ISP, Protective Oversight Plan, etc)
  • Implement and documents goals as identified in each individuals plan of service
  • Provide supports and/or training as needed in all daily living skills, including personal hygiene, grooming, housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, money management and shopping.
  • Provide supports and/or training as needed in other areas such as health management, medication administration, communication, socialization, self advocacy, skill development, and involvement in the community.
  • Assist and support individuals in planning and participating in recreational activities in the home and in the community that of interest to that person.
  • Purchase household items and groceries as needed and assigned.
  • Provide transportation in agency vehicles. Maintain agency vehicle in cleanliness and safety.  Provide safety in vehicles by following state laws and agency policies.  Use your own vehicle for transportation as needed if possible.
  • Perform housekeeping tasks as needed to provide a safe and clean home.
  • Prepare meals that are nutritious and well balanced according to each individual’s dietary guidelines. This includes following the menus and being trained on consistencies where applicable.
  • Assist and support individuals in maintaining good health by monitoring medical needs and implementing medical care plans.  Accompany individuals to medical and dental appointment and communicate effectively and professionally with medical providers.  Provide first aid as needed.
  • Attend trainings as required and maintain all necessary certifications.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Become certified to administer medications.  Administers and document medications accurately following the proper procedure.
  • Handle agency petty cash and individual’s personal money in a responsible manner. Obtain receipts for purchases. Document purchases on agency ledger and receipts as directed.
  • Protect the safety of individuals. Correct any hazards and notify the supervisor for assistance if needed.
  • Assist individuals with transferring and mobility as needed.
  • Read daily notes, medical logs, and other written notes/instructions.
  • Document relevant information in the daily log, medical log and other documents as assigned.
  • Support individuals in maintaining and developing relationships with family and friends.
  • Provide behavioral supports as needed by role modeling appropriate behavior, and intervening, responding, and re-directing inappropriate behavior in a respectful manner. Demonstrate skills in being proactive while following behavior plans and/or guidelines as written and as needed.
  • Interacts and communicates effectively with individuals’ families and service providers.
  • Functions effectively in a team environment.  Is respectful toward co-workers and supervisors. Conducts himself/herself in a professional manner.
  • Reports to work as scheduled.
  • Can identify abuse as described in the regulations.
  • Correctly follows procedures for mandated reporting and responding.
  • Performs job functions in compliance with agency policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the individual’s served.


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D
  • Maintenance of a valid New York State driver’s license which is free of violations that would result in the employee being deemed uninsurable by insurance agency standards.
  • Absent from the Medicaid Disqualified Exclusion Provider screening list.
  • Must meet all required background checks to provide care to the developmentally disabled according to NYS OPWDD standards.

Required Skills and Qualities

  • Caring and compassionate
  • Dependable, responsible, and ethical
  • Able to calmly handle stressful situations
  • Able to communicate effectively and legibly in writing.
  • Flexible and open-minded
  • Good judgment and decision making skills
  • Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, climb stairs; Ability to lift, transfer or physically assist individuals may be required.  Must be able to support a person’s body weight as needed for purposes of physical assistance and personal care.

Job Features

TitleDirect Support Professional (DSP)
ProgramResidential Habilitation
StatusFull-time/Part-time and Substitute
Reports ToProgram Supervisor

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