What is a Direct Support Professional
Join Our Family of Professional Caregivers
- $500 bonus after 6 months
- Paid job training
- Paid vacation & benefits
RHA offers additional benefits (health, retirement, tuition reimbursement) along with the security of a recession-proof career.
Sixty percent of our DSPs have been with RHA for more than 10 years, providing a safe, supportive, and caring home for our clients. RHA provides independence, friendships and engagement along with vital services to ensure a high quality of life for every individual.
- Full-time schedule options with up to 4 days off per week!
- Part-time schedule options to work only weekdays or weekends
- Openings at our locations in Butler Township, Kettering, and Fort Mckinley (Harrison Township)
Special Needs Caregiver - What is a Direct Support Professional?
Make a difference by providing direct care services for adults with autism, Down Syndrome and other disabilities. You'll find our residents and staff become your extended family.
You're compassionate, caring for individuals as if they are your own family. You're an advocate, concerned about the wellbeing of others. You believe in the power of community and providing opportunities for people of all abilities to contribute. And most of all, you're a friend who can listen, share laughter and offer encouragement to get through the tough times. You're a DSP: Direct Support Professional. You're valued as an extension of our residents' families.
Tell me about your best day on the job...
“My first day back from vaction—they're just so happy to have you back. They give you lots of hugs.”
–Debra, DSP at RHA
Sharing a Passion for Helping Others
As a DSP, you assist residents living in the lifelong homes that RHA provides for adults with developmental disabilities. Our DSPs provide direct care services for clients, and because of their caring, they become extended family.
- Provide direct care services for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome and other disabilities
- Deliver services and support 24/7/365
- Flexible work schedules, including nights and weekends
Is a DSP Career a Fit For You?
Do you like to cook or plan menus for a family? Do you enjoy shopping, seeing movies and attending community events? Do you want to make a difference? Do you enjoy challenges and celebrate success? Do you believe that everyone has the right to a safe and nurturing home in the community?
If you answered yes, a DSP career might be the right fit for you!
You're Part of Our Family
We support the team that cares for our family of residents and individuals who participate in our day programs. When you're a DSP with RHA, you have access to resources and ongoing training.
- Comprehensive orientation process
- Job training (experience not required-passion for people necessary!)
- Continuous education
- Specialized training to learn new skills
- Job security in a recession-proof career
- Competitive pay, signing bonus, paid vacation and benefits
DSP Job Qualifications
Are you interested in pursuing a fulfilling career as a DSP at a human services organization that puts people first? Let's talk more about what it means to be a DSP.
Some qualifications include:
- High school or equivalency diploma
- Good driving record
- Pass background checks
- Provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities according to the DSP Code of Ethics
- Previous experience in human services welcome but not required
We'd love to answer your questions about what our valued DSPs do on a daily basis, including the challenges they face in the field and the rewards they gain from supporting our clients.