Direct Support Professional - Full Time with Benefits

Location: New York, NY

Department: Community Supports

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Student (High School)

JobPath supports people with developmental disabilities as they make choices about their lives and play valued roles in their communities. Job Path encourages people to explore what they want out of life and to chart their own journeys. Whether it’s finding a job, making a contribution in a volunteer role, establishing a home, or being part of the community, the goal is to assist the person to lead a full and active life.

The mission of the Community Supports program at Job Path is to ensure that people with developmental disabilities are visible in society and are recognized as equal citizens. We work one-on-one with people using a true person centered approach in order to foster relationships between people and their communities. 

We are seeking energetic, mature, responsible and creative people to provide one-on-one support in various community settings throughout the boroughs. Direct Support Professionals who work in the Community Supports program are part of a team that works with people with a multitude of interests and with varying support needs. Some of the people we support use wheelchairs or require other physical supports. In order to ensure that all people in the Community Supports program have an equal opportunity to have a full life, applicants must be open to providing physical supports if necessary.

In order to be considered for one of these full time positions, you must be available to work all shifts for each schedule block. Schedules are subject to change based on needs of program participants. If you are unable to commit to providing five days of support per week, please refer to our Community Direct Support Professional posting for more flexible opportunities.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following tasks:

Direct Support - Challenging Individuals To Grow In An Interdependent World By:

  • Providing individualized supports to connect people to their communities and help them to become contributing community members
  • Working with family and community members, develop connections to community organizations
  • Providing assistance at volunteer jobs, classes, social events and other community activities
  • Helping individuals meet their personal and professional goals
  • Building self-esteem by doing things together, rather than doing for
  • Providing opportunities for new experiences
  • Encouraging individuals to make choices and decisions in all areas of their lives, and providing the opportunities to learn how to make decisions
  • Supporting people in social situations to learn to feel comfortable and confident with others through appropriate interactions and build positive relationships
  • Putting aside personal beliefs to ensure that the person you are supporting has the opportunity to have the life they want for themselves

Balancing Field Work with Team Work

  • Ensuring communication with supervisor is clear, concise and honest
  • Offering support, respect and feedback to other team members
  • Covering assigned shifts if needed, giving adequate notice and informing supervisor of schedule changes
  • Attending staff meetings and contributing professionally
  • Sharing and contributing ideas, knowledge, questions

Health & Safety - Respecting Personal Health Needs By:

  • Being aware of and competent in dealing with medical needs eg. seizures, health concerns, allergies etc.
  • Attending to personal care needs, such as bathing, hygiene, grooming etc. in a dignifying and respectful matter
  • Providing physical supports, such as pushing a wheelchair or helping a person to eat

Documentation/Communication - Ensuring Information Is Shared By:

  • Completing case notes and written monthly summary notes by assigned deadline
  • Completing time sheets on a biweekly basis
  • Following up with required documentation as detailed by your supervisor
  • Meeting with team leader periodically for open communication

In order to succeed in this position, applicants must be dynamic and flexible in order to go with the flow of people's ever changing lives. 

Qualifications: High school diploma or GED. Prior experience a plus, but not essential. We are seeking candidates who enjoy active, "people-oriented" work and are sensitive to the needs and preferences of people with disabilities.  This position would be one-to-one through the Community Supports department.

Salary: $13.89 per hour

Benefits:  Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, and Enhanced Short Term Disability are available on the first of the month following sixty days of employment.

All employees also have access to our Work/Life Assistance Program (EAP), ability to contribute to pre-tax commuter and medical FSA plans, and 403b pension with employer match after two years of employment  

To Apply: 

Job Path seriously reviews all application materials with an emphasis on the content of the cover letter.  Please detail your hobbies and interests in the cover letter, as it will assist in the matching process.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and dates of availability via our jobs board:

Or, send via fax to 212-921-5342 or mail to:

Job Path 
Attn: Kristen Mattei
256 West 38th Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

*Please note: Only applicants we feel meet requirements of the position will be contacted for an interview. No calls please. Please choose one method of submission.

**Job Path is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on races, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, employment, or citizenship status.**


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