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Direct Support Professionals

Making a Difference Each Day for Those with Special Needs

What does a DSP do?

Direct support professionals (DSPs) work directly with people with physical disabilities and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities with the goal of helping the individual to become integrated into his or her community and lead a self-directed life. The types of support a DSP offers is customized and depends on the person they are serving. They may provide assistance with self-care skills such as dressing and brushing teeth; daily living skills such as preparing meals or cleaning; or they may transport and accompany an individual to work or join them as they partake in recreational activities.

In addition to providing support with daily tasks, a DSP also has the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of those they care for throughout the entire day – from the moment they wake up, to the time they go to sleep. This includes administering medication, monitoring their health conditions, observing their interactions with others, providing guidance as needed, and overseeing their general well-being and happiness.

While the work of a DSP can be challenging at times, many find it to be a very rewarding experience to help others live with greater dignity and independence; and support them in leading more enriched lives.

Qualifications and essential functions of a DSP include:

  • High school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Valid unrestricted driver’s license from your state of residency
  • The ability to lift and transfer at least 50 pounds
  • The ability to sit, bend, squat, reach, and physically pursue clients on foot for several hours at a time
  • Must be able to read, write and verbally communicate in English with individuals, their families, and staff
  • Basic computer literacy
  • The ability to gain trust, maintain confidentiality, and adhere to HIPAA regulations
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older

Responsibilities and duties of a DSP include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with activities of daily living such as preparing meals and assisting with personal hygiene, all while maintaining everyone’s respect and dignity
  • Actively working with the individuals we serve to help them achieve their personal goals and record their progress
  • Medication administration and documentation
  • Responding to crisis situations responsibly and appropriately
  • Ensuring that individuals maintain a clean, safe, and comfortable home
  • Safely operating all types of agency vehicles (including handicapped accessible vans)
  • Completing shift notes in an electronic health record (EHR) system
  • Working with managers to improve skills and advocate for the individuals we serve

At Allies, Inc., you will meet passionate people dedicating their lives to helping others. We are constantly working to improve the lives of the people we serve. As a result, we are continually growing to become better people and a better company. We strive to be a provider and employer of choice in New Jersey.

If you have compassion for others and a desire for personal growth, you may be a great fit as a DSP! To learn more, including information about our benefits, visit alliesnj.org/careers.

Please email our Recruiting Department at recruiting@alliesnj.org if you have questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


 

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Allies, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual preference, individual genetic information or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or disability in each aspect of the human resources function.