DSP Respite (Part Time) – Syracuse, Oswego, Cayuga/Seneca, Madison

Job Description


Job Title:                                       Direct Support Professional (DSP), Respite
Reports to:                                    Respite Program Coordinator
FLSA Status/Schedule:                Non-Exempt; Variable-Hour
Location:                                       Throughout County of Service

ARISE’s mission is to work with people of all abilities to create a fair and just community in which everyone can fully participate.


Job Summary:
The DSP in the Respite Program provides support to an individual(s) with a disability, either in the community or in the individual’s home.


  • One (1) year of previous work or life experience teaching daily living skills / providing supports to individuals with disabilities
  • Good judgment, effective communication skills
  • Clear all pre-screenings, including criminal history records check, drug screen, child abuse registry, exclusions database
  • Able to operate motor vehicle focused on safety in compliance with all applicable laws
  • Able to plan and schedule tasks, activities, etc.
  • Able to guide another in learning independent living skills
  • Physical demands of the job include being able to:
    • stoop, kneel, reach, push, pull, sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, listen and communicate appropriately
    • exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects and assist people in and out of wheelchairs
    • Assist with personal care, including transferring and toileting as needed

Essential Functions:

The DSP works with an individual to support individualized choices that:

  • Maximize development of skills and behaviors necessary for the individual to be an active participant in the community
  • Include activities that are relevant to the development of the individual, self-awareness, and for the development of meaningful personal relationships with individuals of any ability in inclusive settings and communities
  • Involve age-appropriate activities
  • Display dignity and respect for the individual and his/her rights and choices
  • Encourage individual’s participation in settings that enhance strengths, capabilities, interests, needs and preferences
  • Improve or enhance the individual’s independence
  • Are provided in accordance with the Individualized Service Plan/Life Plan, Staff Action Plan, safeguards, and goals
  • Submit timely accurate documentation consistently no later than every Monday at 4 p.m. for the prior week (Saturday through Friday)
  • Upon implementation, utilize internal database to record documentation and complete other administrative functions
  • Uphold the codes of conduct and ethics as well as all ARISE policies and procedures
  • Exercise sound judgment as a matter of course and hold protected health information and other sensitive information in the strictest of confidence in accordance with ARISE and HIPAA policies
  • Act in accordance with New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities “Direct Support Professional Standardized Competencies”
  • Follow the Code of Ethics developed through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and attend all OPWDD mandated trainings
  • Report promptly and maintain a punctual schedule
  • Observe appropriate dress code and practice good hygiene
  • Limit telephone use to bona fide ARISE business and/or emergencies
  • Attend mandatory meetings (trainings, team and/or supervisory meetings, etc.)
  • Perform other duties as assignedBenefits:
  • Participation in the 401(k) plan can start as soon as the first of the calendar quarter following date of hire; employer match after one year includes 100% vesting immediately
  • Free / Confidential Employee Assistance Program


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