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Job Title: Direct Support Professional

Job Summary: We are seeking a compassionate and dedicated Direct Support Professional to provide assistance and support to individuals with disabilities. The ideal candidate will have experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, be able to work independently and as part of a team, and have excellent communication and problem-solving skills.


  • Assist individuals with daily living activities, including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and medication management
  • Provide emotional support and companionship to individuals
  • Assist with transportation to appointments and community activities
  • Implement individualized care plans and behavior support plans
  • Document and report any changes in behavior or health status to supervisor
  • Participate in team meetings and trainings


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities preferred
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug screening
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend for extended periods of time
  • Ability to assist individuals with mobility and personal care needs

Work Environment:

  • Work is primarily performed in a residential setting
  • May be exposed to individuals with challenging behaviors
  • May be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Paid time off and holidays

Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Direct Support Professional

What is the best way to find and hire a Direct Support Professional near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Direct Support Professional applicants. Employers posting their Direct Support Professional job on Indeed get about 17 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Direct Support Professional applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Direct Support Professional are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 9 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 8 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Direct Support Professional positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Direct Support Professional role?
SMS has 100% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Direct Support Professional job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Direct Support Professionals are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 133% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Direct Support Professional applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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