• Direct Support Professional I

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Position Number
    East 87th
    Regular Part-Time
    FLSA Status
  • Overview

    Under general supervision of clinical or higher level staff provide direct care to developmentally disabled individuals in a residential setting; assist and motivate individuals in their care to attend to their personal daily living needs and to further develop those vocational, nutritional, social, and personal skills necessary to maintain or achieve the highest possible level of independent functioning in the least restrictive environment. DSPs perform a wide variety of routine tasks and activities in support of the full range of habilitative services provided to developmentally disabled individuals. The tasks and activities performed depend upon the specific abilities of the individuals being served and the nature of the setting where the work is performed. These tasks involve encouraging, guiding and training individuals in developing daily living skills and habits, taking care of their personal needs, assuring community integration, ensuring the health and safety of individuals, and maintaining the service environment. The Direct Support Professional I is the entry level in most of the ICFs and IRAs at ICL. The Direct Support Professional II level is a position assigned to Residences that house consumers with high medical or other needs that may require specialized training and/ or more intensive supervision.


    • Teaches and reinforces use of a variety of communication skills.
    • Guides individuals through motor exercises designed to increase physical coordinative functions.
    • Teaches and reinforces principles of human growth and development, including human sexuality, as determined by each person's developmental level and program plan.
    • Teaches acceptable work habits, e.g., punctuality, dress and grooming, to enable individuals to develop readiness for work outside the home, or in support of individuals' habilitative goals.
    • Accompanies developmentally disabled individuals to community activities including worksites, cultural, religious and social events, day programs, and visits to health practitioners; aids them in developing awareness and use of community resources and in interacting with others.
    • Provides support for maximum community integration.
    • Transports/arranges for transport of individuals to community events; and aids them in development of their mobility skills.
    • Maintains an adequate supply of and accounting of personal clothing and possessions.
    • Teaches money management principles to developmentally disabled individuals; and completes/aids in completion of banking activities.
    • Provides an accurate accounting of all financial transactions made on behalf of individuals in their care.
    • Helps developmentally disabled individuals to develop/maintain positive interpersonal relationships with their peers, with others in their families, and with others in the community. Aids in explaining feelings, resolving conflicts, teaching/reinforcing acceptable means of dissipating frustration, and anger.
    • If pets are in the home, teaches/assists with their feeding, grooming, and care.
    • Teaches/supervises/participates in a variety of leisure and recreational activities, crafts projects, seasonal and permanent home decoration; assists in planning, supervising and conducting holiday celebrations selected by residents and staff.
    • May accompany developmentally disabled individuals to dances, camping trips, swimming, horseback riding, basketball, or other sports; assists in selection and teaching of appropriate community inclusion leisure activities.

    Aids in the selection, purchase, care and use by developmentally disabled individuals of age appropriate personal belongings


    High school diploma or GED and ability to provide direct services to adults with developmental disabilities. Related experience desirable. Current clean New York State driver's license required.


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