Posted: Jul 22, 2022

Direct Support Professional

Salary: $17.66 - $19.16 Hourly
Application Deadline: N/A

New Starting Wage of $17.66-$19.16 Per Hour DOE

Position Overview

No experience is required. OSLP provides all of the necessary training needed to be successful.

As a DSP you will provide support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in ways that enhance the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of those we support. You will support health and safety, integration in the community, meaningful activity, personal relationships, personal choice, and dignity. You are expected to follow all agency policies and procedures, as well as each individual’s plans and protocols. You are responsible for protecting the agency and the people we support against loss. Job duties include dispensing medications and treatments as prescribed, documentation and data collection as required, maintaining a clean, healthy, and attractive home and yard, as well as providing supports outside of the home including in any community-based employment or volunteer positions for the people we support.


This position reports to: Program Manager, or person in charge

Takes direction from: program management, health professionals, and consultants.

Essential Job Functions

  • Maintain positive relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the people we support.
  • Must be able to communicate with person supported and to other co-workers, supervisors, etc.
  • Perform all necessary personal care, hygiene, physical support, and daily living needs.
  • Follow all Individual Support Plans, Protocols, etc as trained. 
  • Cooperate and participate professionally with team members, health professionals, consultants, parents, guardians, and other  parties.
  • Complete documentation and data collection in an accurate and timely manner, including financial records for the people we support and the program. 
  • Accurately dispense and document medications and administer treatments as prescribed.
  • Work safely and efficiently at all times
  • Maintain a clean, healthy, and attractive home and yard.
  • Prepare meals and snacks according to the dietary needs and preferences of the people we support.
  • Arrive to work as scheduled on-time, and ready to work. 
  • If acting as a job coach, be able to communicate to employer of scheduling and support needs.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor or designee.

Basic Qualifications

  • Able to read and write in English.
  • Able to perform basic math functions.
  • Able to learn and retain new skills.
  • Able to plan/schedule activities; use time efficiently; be adaptable with frequent change, delay, or unexpected events.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally = up to 1/3 shift

Frequently = up to 2/3 shift

Continuously = throughout shift

Standing: Continuously in combination with walking indoors and outdoors.

Sitting: Occasionally

Walking: Continuously in combination with standing.

Worker Mobility: Can change positions frequently throughout work shift.

Carry/Lift: Occasionally and independently lift and carry 0‑25 pounds.

Pushing/Pulling: Frequently throughout the work shift.

Bending/Squatting: Frequently throughout the work shift.

Reaching/Handling: Use of fingers/hands/arms continuously. Occasional overhead reaching needed.

Grasping/Squeezing: Frequently throughout work shift.

Twisting: Frequently throughout work shift.

Climbing: Occasionally ascend or descend stairs or ramps indoors or outdoors.

Crawling: 0% of the time.

Environmental Factors

  • Most work is performed in an residential home environment.
  • Occasional exposure to outside elements.
  • Work is in a fast-paced environment, and requires the ability prioritize multiple tasks and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.

This position summary covers most of the duties performed; however, other duties and responsibilities not listed may be assigned as needed