Direct Support Professional
Depending on the supports needs and wants of the person being supported, DSPs may work in a person’s home, in their family’s home, in a YAI residence, at a day habilitation center, or out in the community. DSP work can include assistance with education, home care, basic health and hygiene, transportation, housing, family services, vocational training, rehabilitation, or simply helping people integrate into their local community. These jobs provide rewarding work that benefits people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
"Why Work at YAI:
If you want a career supporting others and building a more inclusive community, YAI is the place for you.
YAI supports employees to achieve their goals, both professionally and personally, which is why we offer flexible schedules, generous time off, and monetary and resource programs such as medical insurance, parental leave, matching retirement savings, tuition reimbursement, and employee discounts, among others.
Many of our employees attend school and care for family members, and we understand the need for flexibility and support in balancing the work-life relationship. We offer full-time, part-time, and Per Diem positions, to best fit our employees' scheduling needs.
Training and Development:
Whether you have worked in human services for 20 years or are new to the field, YAI prepares you with training at every stage, from entry-level positions to senior management. In 2018, YAI created a training program in conjunction with Rutgers University to provide advanced manager and leadership training.
In addition to tuition reimbursement, YAI has partnerships with numerous schools, which offer our staff (and their immediate family members) up to a 30% tuition discounts.
- YAI offers full-time employees medical insurance with the opportunity to buy into family plans and more extensive medical plans.
- YAI offers full-time employees dental insurance with the opportunity to buy into family plans and more extensive dental plans.
- YAI provides Basic Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance. Supplemental Life and AD&D Insurance can be purchased as well.
Voluntary vision coverage is available for eligible employees to purchase at affordable group rates.
- YAI employees can elect to contribute on a pre-tax or post-tax (Roth) basis toward a 403(b) retirement plan. YAI also offers a company matching program!
- YAI offers a generous amount of paid vacation to eligible full-time and part-time staff.
- YAI offers a generous amount of paid sick time to eligible full-time, part-time, and Per Diem staff.
- YAI offers paid leave to parents of newly adopted, birthed, or fostered children.
- Tuition Reimbursement: 16+ regularly scheduled weekly hours, effective after 90 days, up to $500 per semester ($1,500 per year max). Pre-approval necessary. Our staff are eligible for tuition discounts from Monroe College( 20%) Adelphi University (25%), and Berkeley College (30%).
- The YAI network is a not-for-profit organization and a qualifying employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).
- The Commuter Spending Account allows employees to set aside funds on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified work related parking and mass transit expenses.
- All employees have access to a third party EAP which provides Counseling, Financial and Legal Consultation, and Child/Elder Care Referrals at no cost.
- YAI has agreements/partnerships which provide discounts to our staff, including on vacation and travel, cell phone services, gym membership, household, fashion, and more!
Starting a career at YAI as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) has many advantages in terms of the opportunities for career growth within our organization. This is due to the fact that a DSP works directly with and to support people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in their day-to-day life and will therefore develop a comprehensive understanding of the people who are receiving YAI's services and what our organization does to support these persons and how our services and various departments that support the DSPs can be improved.
This understanding has and will continue to lead to DSP staff moving to other positions throughout YAI's organization. . In many more cases DSPs advance in their careers by moving into clinical positions and program management positions, such as a Program Supervisor, Assistant Supervisor, Behavior Intervention Specialist, Assistant Behavior Intervention Specialist, Regional Director, Deputy Director, and Social Worker. Additionally, many of our administrative (HR, IT, Program Development, and other) staff have started as DSP and have gone on to become Directors of their respective departments.
YAI believes in promoting from within and investing in our workforce. Many of YAI's staff who start as RBTs are also enrolled in a 4-year degree program in Psychology or the Human Services field. YAI offers tuition reimbursement as well as has partnerships with various schools which provide our staff with tuition discounts.
YAI prides itself on the quality of our training department which offers a variety of in-person and online trainings in the I/DD field. Topics range from how to support people with I/DD through grief to how to apply person-centered thinking in every aspect of an individual’s life.
Some of the training that staff in this position will go through include:
- CPR and First Aid
- Knowledge, strategies, and skills competency training
- Putting people first
- Promoting positive relationships
- Abuse prevention, incident reporting, and laws and regulations (3 training sessions)
- Human growth and development
- Safety and security procedures
- Choking prevention
High School Diploma or GED