Direct Support Professional - Substitute

  • Job Tracking ID: 512714-714268
  • Job Location: Depew, NY
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: High School/GED
  • Job Type: Part-Time
  • Date Updated: December 05, 2019
  • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

Looking for motivated & energetic people to join our team of professionals to support individuals with disabilities in our Day Habilitation Program. Using a person-centered approach, the DSP assists individuals with making choices and achieving goals to build their independence within community based settings. This position is a Substitute, on-call basis. Hours of work are between 7am-3pm. NO WEEKENDS OR EVENINGS!



The Direct Support Professional adheres to the Code of Ethics, demonstrating the core competencies; assists individuals receiving services in acquiring and/or maintaining the skills, personal habits and positive attitudes that will enable them to maintain and/or enhance their independence.


Reports to the Manager of Day Services


  • Puts People First

  • Supports a person’s unique capacities and personality and potential

  • Demonstrates respect for all individuals being supported

  • Demonstrates support for individual choice making in order to enhance confidence and assertiveness

  • Gets to know the person through assessment/discovery

  • Evaluates the ways in which past and current events and environmental factors, affect the way the person acts/reacts to others

  • Uses a holistic approach to participate in the individual’s life planning activities and assists in their implementation

  • Encourages and supports problem-solving and coping skills

  • Stays informed about formal and informal assessment and is able to conduct informal assessments in a variety of settings to gain information regarding the individual and his/her response to the environment

  • Supports the self-direction of services

  • Promotes advocacy with the individual

  • Seeks information regarding range of services available to individuals with developmental disabilities

  • Provides opportunities for the individual to be a self-advocate

  • Performs advocate responsibilities while demonstrating respect for the processes and people involved

  • Describes and supports individuals’ rights

  • Identifies when an individual’s rights may have been breached and takes action to prevent, stop and report the possible breach

  • Facilitates personal growth and development

  • Demonstrates ability to effectively teach skills to people supported

  • Recognizes the individuals need for teaching and preferred style for learning and can perform individualized teaching based on this information

  • Assess the effectiveness of formal and informal teaching provided and makes adaptations where needed.

  • Facilitates supports and services

  • Assists in the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of service plans that are based on the individual’s preferences, needs, and interests

  • Continuously shares observations, insights, and recommendations with the individual and his/her support team

  • Builds and Maintains Positive Relationships

  • Builds and maintains relationships

  • Supports individuals to overcome barriers and challenges to establishing and maintaining a network of relationships and valued social roles

  • Demonstrates the ability to identify the individual’s personal strengths, interests and needed supports for community involvement

  • Creates meaningful communication

  • Uses a range of effective communication strategies and skills to establish a collaborative relationship with the person

  • DSP modifies own communication to ensure understanding and respect

  • Develops trust by communicating empathetically

  • Recognizes the impact of the possible discrepancies between the individual’s chronological age and developmental age when communicating

  • Demonstrates Professionalism

  • Develops professional relationship

  • Demonstrates respect in all professional relationships

  • Exhibits professional behavior

  • Demonstrates the following desirable professional qualities in the worksite: professional demeanor, attention to punctuality and attendance policies, reliability, flexibility, and pleasantness

  • Shows respect for diversity and inclusion

  • Demonstrates respect in all matters relating to diversity and inclusion

  • Demonstrates the awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills (i.e. cultural competence) required to provide effective support to those we serve from any particular ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, religion, gender, socio-economic, age or disability group, as well as any other component diversity groups

  • Creates meaningful documentation records

  • Maintains accurate records by collecting, compiling, evaluating data and submitting it in a timely manner to the appropriate sources

  • Education, training, and self-development activities

  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for learning the knowledge and skills required to perform the job

  • Readily seeks and accepts feedback to improve performance

  • Applies knowledge and skills gained to the job

  • Organizational participation

  • Adheres to and promotes the mission, culture and practices of the organization

  • Participates in the work of the organization in a positive way by using problem solving skills

  • Adheres to corporate compliance policies and procedures

  • Exhibits ethical behavior on the job

  • Knows, understands, and follows the NADSP Code of Ethics

  • Supports Good Health

  • Promotes positive behavior and supports

  • Demonstrates team work with the individual, co-workers and family in implementing positive behavioral support strategies consistent with available behavior support plans

  • Demonstrates effective methods to teach positive behaviors and support existing positive behaviors

  • Assesses strategies to evaluate how environmental factors affect behavior

  • Supports health and wellness

  • Demonstrates and assists in nutritious meal planning and food preparation, storage, and handling procedures

  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of an individual’s medical, physical, psychological, and dental health care needs

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and uses accepted methods to prevent illness and disease, and teaches prevention methods to the individual.

  • Recognizes and responds in a timely manner to signs and symptoms of illness/injury and medical emergencies

  • Provides a safe and clean environment for the individual based on skill level and risks

  • Accurately documents and adequately protects all health information

  • Understands and can implement daily health practices to support good health

  • Prevents, recognizes, and reports abuse

  • Recognizes concepts related to the prevention of abuse

  • Is able to prevent abuse

  • Correctly follows procedures for mandated reporting and responding

  • Supports Safety

  • Supports crisis prevention, intervention, and resolution

  • Demonstrates skill in applying the principles and practices of the OPWDD PROMOTE (Positive Relationships Offer More Opportunities to Everyone) competencies and individual-specific Behavior Support Plan.

  • Demonstrates respect for the safety of all others

  • Supports safety

  • Supports the safety of all individuals in everyday situations

  • Follows proper safety procedures in transportation situations

  • Ensures safety of individuals during environmental emergencies

  • Understands and can carry out plans for responding to environmental emergencies

  • Is Active and Productive in Society

  • Supports active participation in the community

  • Supports community participation and contribution

  • Supports employment, educational, and career goal attainment

  • Supports the individual by being knowledgeable about the career and employment goals of the individual

  • Supports the individual y being knowledgeable about the educational goals of the individual

  • Develops and supports the individual’s skills to help the individual meet the productivity expectations of the workplace

Experience and Skills:


  • Possess good time management skills

  • Ability and desire to work as part of an interdisciplinary team

  • Moderate level of written and oral communication skills

  • High level of interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of behavioral techniques and developmental disabilities to assist in the care of individuals receiving services

  • Knowledge of computer and ability to utilize various software programs

  • Successful completion of First Aid, CPR, and SCIP/PROMOTE upon hire is required.


HS Diploma required; 1 year of exp. preferred. Valid NYS driver's license is required.



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