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Direct Support Professional (DSP) - Respite

Job Details

Open Position - Staten Island, NY
Part Time
$16.00 - $16.00 Hourly

Begin your career with On Your Mark!

The mission of On Your Mark is to provide innovative and comprehensive community-based service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across their lifespan.  We are committed to helping each individual experience the highest quality of life possible by providing person-centered programs that promote community and social inclusion, health and fitness, daily activity participation, independence, self-empowerment, and productivity.

Gain experience for career development in multiple fields including Education, Social Services, and Healthcare!

Full time employees may be eligible for the following:

  • Health Benefits including optional Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Medical FSA and Dependent Care Account
  • Partial Medical deductible reimbursement
  • 401(k) with Safe Harbor match
  • Generous PTO

Job Description:

Direct Support Professionals promote the integration of individuals into the community by teaching daily living skills, helping to attain goals; and providing instruction, assistance and support when required. The Respite department provides relief to caretakers in a variety of programs, incorporating social skills training with fun and exciting activities! As a DSP in our department, you will provide support for individuals in a group setting as they partake in various scheduled activities and trips.



  • Arrive on time and prepared to begin working.
  • Complete all tasks assigned promptly while remaining responsive to any of the needs of program participants.
  • Provide direct supervision, prompts as needed, and provide redirections as appropriate to assigned individuals. 
  • Utilize behavior support strategies to help minimize confusion and frustration for individuals.
  •  Maintain ongoing knowledge of each individual’s medical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs and ensure that activities are appropriate to needs and treatment goals.
  • Ensure safety of program participants by adhering to all applicable regulations and maintaining situational awareness.
  • Assure the individual’s environment meets or exceeds established standards for health and safety. 
  • Respond appropriately to immediate or urgent emergent individual needs, such as injuries and illness and provide or obtain assistance as needed. 
  • Participate positively and actively during class activities. 
  • Carryout job responsibilities in a professional manner. 
  • Adhere to all applicable Federal, State, City, and On Your Mark policy and procedures.
  • Adhere to On Your Mark attendance policies and notify Program Administration in advance of changes to schedule.
  • Maintain individual and staff confidentiality. 
  • Intervene appropriately and report ALL incidents, seizures, injuries, staff issues, and behavior concerns to Program 
  • Administration promptly.
  • Monitor for any injuries, bruises or wounds. 
  • Attend and participate in all required and assigned trainings.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with individuals, families of individuals, staff and supervisors.
  • Model positive behavior, good manners, appropriate dress, social interactions and appropriate language.
  • Perform other duties assigned.

Qualifications and Reports to:


  • Experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
  • Strong organization and communication skills.
  • Self-directed and motivated to function independently, completing tasks in a timely manner.
  • Creative and solution-oriented thinkers preferred.
  • Must be flexible to work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays when necessary.
  • Valid working papers if currently attending High School OR a High School Diploma/G.E.D. 
  • Valid drivers’ license preferred



Assistant Director of Respite
Director of Respite
Executive Administration


*All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or protected veteran status. *