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Direct Support Professional: Residential
Job Type
Full Time
Job Category
Direct Support Professional
Albany, NY


Who we are looking for:

We are looking for caring, compassionate and engaging individuals to help promote independence, self-esteem and social integration in a Residential environment. Wildwood Programs is a proud provider of educational, residential, employment, and other community-based supports to people with disabilities and we are looking for someone dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives. 

Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to interact with our individuals in a positive encouraging way, demonstrate a professional demeanor, patience, empathy and a positive attitude while possessing a strong desire to help others. Problem solving skills and commitment to the team is required.

This Full-Time position is benefits eligible and pay rates start at $13.90 per hour with flexible shifts that include:

  • Wednesday- Saturday
  • Sunday-Wednesday
  • 40-hour work weeks that include 24-hour blocks, evenings and 10-hour days
  • Overnight shifts are incentivized and you can earn an estimated additional $4,550.00 per year for one night per week


Counties we Serve: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady

What are the job duties:

Primary duties of a DSP are to assist with 7 areas of personal development and care:

  1. Put People First:
    • Support individual potential and get to know the people we support, be engaged!
    • Promote advocacy, individual rights and responsibilities
    • Facilitate personal development, supports and services
  2. Build and Maintain Positive Relationships:
    • Create meaningful communication to establish collaborative relationships, trust and empathy
  3. Be A Professional:
    • Develop professional relationships with respect to diversity and inclusion
    • Exhibit professional behavior and qualities of professional demeanor, punctuality, attendance, reliability and pleasantness
    • Create meaningful documentation by maintaining accurate, descriptive and timely reporting
    • Participate in education, training, self-development and growth
    • Exhibit ethical behavior, possess characteristics of integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
  4. Health:
    • Promote positive behavior and support holistic health and wellness
    • Prevent, recognize and report abuse
    • Understand individual’s medical, physical, psychological and dental care needs
    • Assist with hygiene, appearance and nutrition, meal planning and preparation
  5. Safety:
    • Support crisis prevention, intervention and resolution
    • Ensure safety at all times and during environmental emergencies
  6. Home Life:
    • Support individuals to live in the home of their choice
    • Assist in chores and creation of a clean, safe and comfortable home environment
    • Engage in leisure and social activities, hobbies and interests
  7. Get into The Community:
    • Support community participation, employment, educational and career goals of the individual



  • A valid NYS license and clean driving record are required as you will be responsible to drive individuals to appointments and activities
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • Reliable transportation, attendance and willingness to learn
  • Commitment to schedule, assigned job duties and performance expectations
  • Detailed oriented with ability to accurately complete all required daily documentation and reporting
  • Clean, appropriate and presentable appearance while on duty
  • Subject to NYS OPWDD mandated criminal background check, finger printing and a driving record verification


Other Expectations:

  • Promote Physical and Emotional Well-Being: Commit to promote the emotional, physical, and personal well-being of the individual supported. Encourage growth and recognize the autonomy of those receiving support while being attentive and energetic in reducing the risk of harm
  • Integrity and Responsibility: Support the mission and vitality of the profession to assist individual in leading self-directed lives and to foster a spirit of partnership with the individuals, other professionals, and the community
  • Confidentiality: Safeguard and respect the confidentiality and privacy of individuals
  • Justice, Fairness and Equity: Affirm the human rights as well as the civil rights and responsibilities of individuals. Promote and practice justice, fairness, and equity for all
  • Respect: Respect the human dignity and uniqueness of individuals. Recognize each individual as valuable and promote their value, interests and needs
  • Relationships: Assist individuals to develop and maintain positive relationships
  • Self-Determination: Assist individuals to direct the course of their own lives
  • Advocacy: Advocate with individuals for justice, inclusion, and full community participation



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