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DSP/OTA, $14.05 at 90 days, $500 Sign-On Bonus 

Salary $13.75/Start, $14.05 hourly after completing 90 day performance review  
About the Organization Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. (PAI) has been a vital part of our community since 1990. We were founded as a 501(c)(3) to serve people with developmental disabilities, maximizing integration into the community while pursuing meaningful, person-centered activities. PAI is a day program offering an array of services and opportunities for adults who want to design a life they love. You will find a culture that's respectful, team-oriented, and focused on meeting the unique needs of the people we serve.

Our mission is to engage individuals in meaningful participation in and connection with the community.

Come join our amazing team at our Parkway Program Site! We support individuals with development and intellectual disabilities, many with Autism, and a wide variety of skills and interests.

  • Offer opportunities to individuals, onsite and in the community, to build employment skills.
  • Support individuals to enjoy recreational and leisure activities: using technology including smart boards, music and pet therapy, art, yoga, shopping, nature centers, museums and more.
  • Support achieving personal goals through meaningful experiences and programs.
  • Be a part of our workplace that’s diverse, team-oriented and focused on meeting the unique needs of people.
  • Complete paid on the job training including Autism Competency Certification I.

Job Summary


  • Receptive to learning and applying new skills, techniques and approaches relating to services for people with autism, e.g., applied behavioral analysis (ABA).
  • Demonstrate flexibility, anticipate and respond effectively to change.
  • Successfully work as part of a team.
  • Display organizational skills and good judgment ensuring the ability to work effectively and independent of direct supervision.

Service Delivery

  • Use positive approaches that empower coping techniques during personal challenges.
  • Effectively implement therapy programs.
  • Identify potential problems and take corrective action.
  • Support the acquisition of independent skills for maintaining a neat and clean appearance; provide personal assistance as necessary.
  • Consistently use the least restrictive instructional technique/physical contact to enhance independence and support achievement.
  • Engage and encourage active participation in the community as well as PAI opportunities.
  • Promptly document assigned related service information as assigned (e.g. outcome data, phone log, applied behavioral assessment data, etc.).
  • Uphold all protection and service related rights including respect and maintenance of privacy.

Some positions include:

  • Provide on-site support, instruction and supervision to PAI workers at a community-based job.
  • Collaborate with the PAI worker’s employer and co-workers to effectively determine successful on-the-job strategies.
  • Transport PAI workers to and from their community job as needed using a PAI vehicle or their own vehicle (mileage reimbursed).

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

  • Professionally communicate internal and external information regarding PAI or individual programs.
  • Promptly provide supervisor with information regarding needed services or modifications.
  • Ensure that individual preferences/full potential are embraced.
  • Contribute ideas in meetings.


Position Requirements


  • High school diploma or GED
  • 21+ years of age
  • Pass a OIG and DHS background study and maintain approved status without continuous supervision
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • Energetic, personable, enjoy trying new things and working as part of a team
  • Demonstrate strong problem solving skill to support developmental and emotional needs
  • Ability and interest in assisting with personal cares, lifting and transferring.

Requirements to drive a PAI vehicle:

  • Must be 21+ years of age
  • May be asked to complete DOT physical, drug and alcohol testing
  • Demonstrate driving proficiency for assigned vehicle
  • Meet driving history insurance criteria
Preferred Requirements: Experience with persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders/Developmental Disabilities  
Location White Bear Lake, MN  
Keywords: DD, ID, CNA, Day Services, DSP, Direct Support Professional, DCS, Caregiver, Medication Administration, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, behavioral support, Occupational Therapy Assistant, PA  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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