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Direct Support Professional: Residential Relief
Job Type
Part 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. 

This Part-Time/Per-Diem position is not benefits eligible the pay rate starts at $15.00 per hour and has flexible schedules that fit individual needs.


How it works…A direct care Residential Relief DSP MUST be able to work at different residential locations throughout the Capital Region and willing to work varying hours up to 20 hours per week. These locations include any of our many locations throughout Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany or Rensselaer County and shifts may cover any combination of day or evening shifts and/or an overnight shift.

This position requires a great amount of flexibility, commitment, self-motivation and solid communication skills. We are looking for staff to build a long-term relationship with the individuals we support. Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to interact with our individuals in a positive encouraging way, demonstrate a professional demeanor, patience, empathy and possess a strong desire to help others.


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 people we support




  • A valid NYS license and clean driving record are required as you will be responsible to drive individuals to appointments and activities
  • 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
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)


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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