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Internal Application for DSPs (application for change of site) 

Salary $17.00 per hour.  
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.

At PAI, we are committed to your career development as a Direct Support Professional. If you have been a DSP at PAI at one site for at least 6 continuous months and are interested in applying for a DSP position at a different PAI site, you are welcome to submit an application to be a DSP at a different site. We strive to offer a broad range of work experiences and skills in your development as a DSP!


Provide direct, person-centered support and services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Work effectively as a team member to ensure that the individual’s preferences and full potential are met. Ensure a positive, clean, and safe environment.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES – Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Provide person-centered support, coaching, and supervision to individuals with varying levels of abilities.
  2. Read, sign, and follow all individualized program plans for each person served.
  3. Ensure the least restrictive interventions necessary to support achievement of personal goals.
  4. Deliver, or assist in delivering, programming and class instruction to a small group of individuals. Develop lesson plans or compile material to teach during these classes as assigned.
  5. Provide support to individuals working on-site or as a job coach as applicable. Assist with keeping work sites stocked, recording production levels, and accommodating individuals with varying work skills.
  6. Follow the site’s schedule, which may include the daily assignment of responsibilities including but not limited to: medication administration, lunchroom duties, personal cares, busing, community outings, job coaching, class instruction, production floor management.
  7. Promptly document related service information as assigned (outcome data, production levels, progress notes, etc.).
  8. Transport individuals served to and from their community job as needed using a PAI vehicle or own vehicle (mileage reimbursed).
  9. Work effectively as a team member.
  10. Supply ordering.
  11. Assisting with remote services.
  12. General cleaning.
  13. Organizing program supplies.



  1. Actively participate in staff meetings and contribute ideas.
  2. Complete assigned trainings.
  3. Be receptive to taking on new tasks as assigned, including opportunities to support individuals in the community or as a job coach off-site.
  4. Demonstrate competency in appropriate safety and emergency policies.
  5. Follow data privacy laws and HIPPA requirements.
  6. Adhere to recommended transfer/lifting procedures and body mechanics.
  7. Utilize adaptive equipment in an effective and safe manner.
  8. Follow PAI’s medication administration policy.
  9. Other projects and duties as assigned.
Position Requirements

Education, Experience, and Credentials


  1. High school degree or G.E.D. and be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Pass DHS background study and maintain clearance to provide direct services without continuous supervision.
  3. Reliable transportation for work driving purposes, valid driver’s license, proof of valid car insurance, satisfy insurance criteria for driving history and permit driving record checks as needed.


Skills and Experience


  1. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  2. Ability to maintain professional and positive relationships with a wide variety of people.
  3. Flexibility and ability to adjust to changing work demands.
  4. Strong time management skills.



  1. Experience supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities, preferably in a 245D licensed service.
  2. Education or training in the human services field.
  3. Experience using technology including, but not limited to, computers, iPads, tablets, tv’s, and smartboards.



  • Ability to operate office equipment, track systems and other adaptive equipment.



Ability to work in a noisy environment with distractions, including loud noises, odors, and multiple interruptions. Most of the job is indoors but may need to travel to other locations or participate in outdoor activities.

Preferred Requirements: Must be a current DSP in good standing and has worked at one site for at least 6 months prior to transfer.  
Location Linden, Oakdale, Parkway, and Commerce (as openings become available).  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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