Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Advocates for Life Skills and Opportunity

Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Salary Range: $18.50 To $20.50 Hourly*, Depending on Experience, Education, and Veteran Status.

Awake graveyard shifts from 10pm to 6am. Schedule TBD.*

*This position is eligible for New Hire and Retention Bonuses*

Make Heart Work Your Work – As a Direct Support Professional (DSP), You are a heart worker, Y*ou are an advocate. You are a companion. You are an ally. You build bridges. You are essential. You are memorable. You are caring. You are patient. You see ability, not disability.

Why Work at ALSO?*

The Benefits *for a Direct Support Professional DSP:

Full Time Employees (30 hours+/week) may receive:

  • 85% employer-paid medical and vision employee coverage
  • Employee covered dental and basic life insurance

All Employees eligible for:

  • Sick, vacation, and personal paid time off (including your birthday)
  • 401k retirement plan with up to 4% company match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee referral program: up to $250
  • Opportunities for paid training and certifications on managing behaviors and performing medical care
  • Annual increases and career paths available
  • Public Student Loan Forgiveness – ALSO is a local 501(c)3 non profit
  • Yearly 3% increases with a yearly 3% bonus when at position cap.

As a Direct Support Professional (DSP) you will:*

  • Support people who experience life with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
  • Deliver person-centered care for each individual, honoring the person’s right of individual choice and input;
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with individuals supported, family members, medical professionals, coworkers, community members and in documentation;
  • Maintain and promote positive, caring living and working environments.

Qualifications for a Direct Support Professional DSP:*

  • Be dependable and punctual;
  • Be able to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver and reposition 50 lbs;
  • Be able to prepare written reports via computer using proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar;
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Have documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination or Exception Form.

Experience as a caregiver is great but not necessary – we are looking for people who want to make a difference in the lives of others and want to love what they do. Make heart work your work.

All candidates considered for employment are required to successfully pass a comprehensive background check prior to joining ALSO and ongoing every two years.

Advocates for Life Skills & Opportunity is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and job applicants without regard to age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $18.50 – $20.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Evening shift
  • Weekend availability

Work Location: One location

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