Direct Support Professional

Program: Community Habilitation Program

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Status: Variable Hour Employee

Reports To: Program Coordinator     

Job Summary: The DSP provides support to an individual(s) with a disability, to assist with individualized choices in the community setting.


  • High school diploma (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • One (1) year of previous work or life experience teaching daily living skills / providing supports to individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate and use good judgment
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Clear all pre-screenings, including criminal history records check, drug screen, child abuse registry, exclusions database
  • Have and maintain clean NYS driver license.
  • Have registered, inspected,  insured motor vehicle
  • Able to operate motor vehicle focused on safety in compliance with all applicable laws
  • Able to plan and schedule tasks, activities, etc.
  • Able to guide another in learning independent living skills
  • Physical demands of the job include being able to:
    • stoop, kneel, reach, push, pull, sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, listen and communicate appropriately
    • exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects and assist people in and out of wheelchairs
    • assist with personal care, including transferring and toileting as needed


Essential Functions:

The DSP works with an individual to support individualized choices that:

  • Maximize development of skills and behaviors necessary for the individual to be an active participant in the community
  • Include activities that are relevant to the development of the individual, self-awareness, and for the development of meaningful personal relationships with individuals of any ability in inclusive settings and communities
  • Involve age-appropriate activities
  • Display dignity and respect for the individual and his/her rights and choices
  • Are provided in settings where the individual’s participation is encouraged, and are based upon the individual’s strengths, capabilities, interests, needs and preferences
  • Improve or enhance the individual’s independence
  • Are provided in accordance with the Individualized Service Plan, Habilitation Plan, safeguards, and goals
  • Submit timely accurate documentation consistently no later than every Monday at 4 p.m. for the prior week (Saturday through Friday)
  • Uphold the codes of conduct and ethics as well as all ARISE policies and procedures
  • Exercise sound judgment as a matter of course and hold protected health information and other sensitive information in the strictest of confidence in accordance with ARISE and HIPAA policies
  • Act in accordance with New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities “Direct Support Professional Standardized Competencies”
  • Follow the Code of Ethics developed through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and attend all OPWDD mandated trainings
  • Report promptly and maintain a punctual schedule
  • Observe appropriate dress code and practice good hygiene
  • Limit telephone use to bona fide ARISE business and/or emergencies
  • Attend mandatory meetings (trainings, team and/or supervisory meetings, etc.)
  • Perform other duties as required