Direct Support Professional (DSP) Job Description

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Direct Support Professional Staff job description (to be signed by all employees in addition to any other specific position requirements)

The DSP position is a variable hour, PRN or full-time hourly non-exempt position assisting and supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities in either the client’s parental or guardian’s home (Natural Home) or an agency supported Individualized Supported Living (ISL) environment. DSP staff are responsible, timely, professional and organized. DSP staff should have exceptional oral and written communication skills and a general knowledge of developmental disabilities. Overtime (reported hours of over 40 within a defined work week) is not authorized for any non-exempt position without prior approval from the Executive Director. Unauthorized OT will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.


  • Experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities.


  • Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a clean background check with the Family Care Safety Registry, the Department of Health and Senior Services exclusions database and the Employee Disqualification List (EDL).
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required.
  • Working cell phone, internet access, an email account and general computer skills/knowledge.
  • Reliable and transportation that is insured in the state of Missouri or Illinois.
  • Valid proof of insurance and current driver’s license maintained in personnel file.
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to transport client in own vehicle as required per client specifications.
  • Must be Mandt certified (agency offers courses or will accept Mandt certification from other organization).
  • CPR/First Aid certification (agency offers courses or can be attained through other organizations).
  • Medication Administration level 1 certification (as necessary for client caseload)

REPORTS TO: ISL Scheduler, ISL Manager, Director of Behavior Analytic Services (DBAS), Day Program Director, Clinic Director


  • Assist with any activity of daily living as outlined in the client’s Behavior Support Plan or Individual Support Plan.
  • Implement specific teaching strategies utilizing the principles of behavior analysis to focus on skill acquisition in all areas as well as the reduction of problematic and interfering behaviors.
  • Provide safe and continuous support in the home or community by maintaining arm’s length/line of sight/awake and alert posture and provisions throughout any shift.
  • Provide recreation and leisure activities, teach functional communication, implement approved behavior plans, and achieve increased independence, productivity, and inclusion in the community.
  • Provide extensions of other forms of therapy and taught and deemed appropriate by the Behavior Therapist and/or direct supervisor of the team.
  • Ability to understand and implement a variety of Behavior Support Plans per each client’s outcomes and goals.
  • Ability to complete data on a daily basis and in line with the expectations of the team, ensure proper completion of time sheets, therapist checklists, and communication logs as outlined per client team.
  • Ability to push, pull, lift up to 75 lbs. and stand unaided for up to 3 hours at a time; navigate stairs.
  • Ability to attend, assist and engage during monthly, quarterly, etc. team meetings.
  • Ability to transport clients in personal vehicle each shift as deemed appropriate to the BSP/ISP goals.
  • General upkeep and cleanliness of the home/facility.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

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