Direct Support Professional

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Catholic Charities Disabilities Services (CCDS), a leader in services for individuals with developmental disabilities, is hiring for a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in Albany, NY. Direct Support Professionals are responsible for assisting, providing and promoting independence in individuals’ daily treatment, care, and services. Direct Support Professionals will respect the individual’s personal choice, lifestyles, and their dignity to make decisions for themselves.

Location: Albany, Clifton Park, Niskayuna, Troy and Schenectady

Job Summary: Direct Support Professionals provide assistance with daily living skills, household skills, administer medication, and ensure individuals living in these residences have the opportunity to engage in a variety of life experiences both inside and outside their home.

Responsibilities Include; but not limited to:

  • Assists individuals in completing personal care (example: hygiene and grooming) activities.
  • Provides support to individuals using a person centered approach.
  • Provides opportunities for the individual to be a self-advocate by increasing awareness of self-advocacy methods and techniques, encouraging, and assisting the individual to speak on his or her own behalf and providing information on peer support and self-advocacy groups.
  • Administers medications accurately and in accordance with agency policy and procedures.
  • Assisting with or providing household responsibilities to include, but not limited to: Meal preparation and cooking, Cleaning, Routine household maintenance, Grocery & Supply shopping, etc.
  • Promote healthy living through implementing program plans for nursing, nutrition, exercise, and activities.
  • Identifies a crisis, diffuses the situation, and determines an intervention strategy and contacts necessary supports while complying with regulations for reporting.
  • Assists the individual as needed in planning for community activities and events (example: making reservations, assisting with staff needs, money, materials, and accessibility).


  • High School diploma or GED is required.
  • Valid NYS driver’s license and personal transportation is required.
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate sound judgment and complete necessary documentation.
  • All employees must consent to a full criminal background check and fingerprinting.

Why Catholic Charities?

At Catholic Charities, we are privileged to make a difference and love what we do. We value work-life balance and offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Employer Funded HRA
  • Flexible Spending Account Option
  • Retirement Planning Options
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Employee Referral Bonuses
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-going Professional Development Opportunities

*Some conditions apply

*Catholic Charities Disabilities Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer