Direct Support Professional

Website AABR

Residential Direct Support Professional Job Description
(Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan)

401k, Dental, Life, Medical, Vision

Why Work Here?

“We have great benefits for our employees. We offer free medical, dental and vision for all our eligible employees”

Job Summary

We are looking for a responsible, caring, and compassionate direct support professional (DSP) to join our growing team. The ideal job candidate will be highly dependable and have a passion for helping those with physical and/or mental disabilities live a more fulfilled and happy life. Working one-on-one with each client, you will assess his/her needs and tend to them accordingly with the goal of fostering a positive, encouraging environment.

Direct Support Professional Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be a personal companion to clients and act as a supportive friend serving their needs and working to build their independence
  • Encourage and foster individuals’ preferred hobbies and interests
  • Assist with and work to strengthen the individuals’ many daily living needs, including but not limited to: nutrition, hygiene, exercise, communication, and socialization skills
  • Help individuals to bathe, groom and dress, eat and drink if necessary, always working to improve self-reliance
  • Create daily schedules and plans for clients
  • Help set individual goals and track client progress, noting any drastic changes; report findings to superiors
  • Make phone calls and drive clients to appointments, meetings, events, etc.
  • Encourage individual skill development and work towards community integration
  • Develop meaningful relationships and connections with clients to make them feel cared for and included in the community
  • Follow all health and safety protocol
  • Help clean and tidy home for the individuals
  • Attend continuing education courses, training and get further certified as the job requires
  • Be a compassionate, patient and encouraging support professional at all times

Residential Direct Support Professional Requirements and Qualifications

  • Minimum high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Pass state background check (OPWDD and The Justice Center)
  • Comfortable working independently and can consistently make good judgments that benefit the client
  • Flexible, with a keen ability to handle stress well
  • Friendly disposition with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Computer literate and technologically savvy
  • Experience tracking and recording information
  • Enjoy working with developmentally disabled individuals to improve their quality of life
  • Can quickly manage stressful situations responsibly and effectively
  • Strong interpersonal skills and passionate about helping those in need
  • Ability to move and stand for prolonged periods and frequently perform physically demanding tasks

AABR Inc.; a nonprofit organization that services individuals with Autism and Intellectual disabilities.  This Queens-based organization established in 1956 has provided support for more than 1,000 individuals throughout the New York metropolitan region. Services span more than 30 day habilitation and educational programs, and AABR provides housing for over 160 individuals in 23 community residences. Within the AABR family of programs is the acclaimed New York Child Learning Institute (NYCLI), a pioneering school for children with autism.

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