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About the Direct Support Professional Position
Make Every Day Count
For the dedicated Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who work with adults with autism or other developmental disabilities in their residences, a single day can make a world of difference. While a DSP’s typical daily tasks – medication distribution, meal preparation, hygiene support, and documentation – may seem ordinary, these compassionate men and women have the power to make an individual’s life truly extraordinary.
Each day, DSPs inspire the individuals in their care. From exciting outings at museums and attractions to seemingly simple routines at home that present unexpected opportunities for growth and connection, every moment is a chance to improve the life of an individual facing challenges.
It’s not always easy — there will be challenging days, difficult situations and behaviors that present obstacles. But, imagine embarking on a career path that can open a whole new world for an individual who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to experience it.
That’s what it means to be a Direct Support Professional.
- Hands on experience working with individuals with disabilities or comparable work experience in a direct care role (for example: CNA, Home Health Aid, Residential Counselor)
- Anyone pursuing their education in the fields of Psychology, Behavioral Health, Autism Studies, Social Services, Social Work or related human services studies
- Schedules available include day, evening, and overnight shifts. Weekend availability may be required.
As a Direct Support Professional, you’ll engage and work directly with the children and adults we support. We seek candidates who will embrace the population we serve, and build positive relationships.
Are there opportunities for advancement?
Advancement opportunities for great employees are a priority. At Bancroft, we support our employees in moving through the organization and helping them reach their career goals.
How many individuals live in each group home?
Generally, each of our group homes has 3 to 5 residents.
What is the ratio of staff to individuals?
The staff ratio varies based on the needs and level of independence of the individuals. Some of our programs require more support with each employee working directly with one individual. Others will operate with up to three individuals being assisted by one staff member.
What are the requirements to be hired?
All employees are required to possess a valid, non-provisional and non-probationary driver’s license. Prior to hire, employees must pass a criminal background check, drug test, and physical exam that relates to the demands of the job.
New Bancroft employees attend a week-long orientation at our headquarters in Cherry Hill, NJ.
During the session you will learn about Bancroft and be trained in:
- How to handle behavioral incidents
- Medication administration
- Become CPR and first aid certified
Following training, employees receive one to two weeks of continued learning at their work location that combines observation, classroom and on-the-job training specific to their role.
Once official training is completed, our team of managers, clinicians, and behavior analysts will be available to provide ongoing support and training.
- Competitive salaries and hourly pay rates
- Generous PTO package that provides paid time off based on years of service
- Comprehensive benefit plans including medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage that begin after 60 days of employment
- Growth and educational opportunities, including a tuition reimbursement benefit of up to $5,250 each year
- Eligibility for annual salary increase based on performance
- A retirement savings program with a matching employer contribution and financial planning services
- Recognition for outstanding achievements and service to the organization
We are 2,500 people devoted to making a difference in the lives of those we serve and support. We work with heart, respect and collaboration. We are communicators, listeners, problem solvers, partners and collaborators.
Bancroft provides vital human and healthcare programs and services with clinical excellence and compassion. We are committed to helping people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities be productive members of the community. We show the world that the barrier between “them” and “us” is only a state of mind.
We Believe In One World. For Everyone.
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