Respite Program Direct Support Professional

Program:                Respite Program

FLSA Status:           Non-Exempt

Benefits Status:       Variable Hour Employee

Reports To:            Program Coordinator


Job Summary:         The DSP in the Respite Program provides one-to-one support to an individual with a disability, either in the community or in the individual’s home. 



  • 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
  • Good judgment, effective 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 and 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:

  • Understand and follow the Safeguards of the individual in order to provide the appropriate level of oversight in various situations and to maintain the individual’s health and safety
  • Interact in a professional manner with parents/guardians of individuals in the respite program
  • 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
  • Submit timely accurate documentation consistently
  • Perform other duties as required