Direct Support Professional

As a Direct Support Professional (DSP), you’ll engage and work directly with the people we support to help them live the life they want. We continually seek people with giving hearts, patient minds and creative spirits to join Team Bethesda as DSPs in our group homes, intermediate care facilities (ICF/ID), and community programs.

Sharing life moments

The people who directly support and nurture the lives of those we support are the backbone to our organization's success. Bethesda's team of caregivers located around the country in the communities we serve work every day in the homes and community life centers.

As a DSP you will support people as they discover new interests, pursue passions, make choices and fulfill goals. You’ll have the privilege and challenge of supporting people through their best days. As a DSP, you’ll be a person’s critical support system—functioning as more than just their day-to-day support , but their friend, teacher and even their cheerleader. You’ll ensure they receive personalized attention that enables the people you support to pursue the life they choose.

Job Description

This position is responsible for providing direct support, positive direction, and assistance to individuals in accordance with program policies and procedures; and personal outcome measures. We offer paid training.


-Provides supports to people by assisting in the development and implementation of all support plans, including spiritual life supports, assisting people in achieving their personal goals and desires, providing interaction and choices for activities that support a meaningful day, and supporting people to be independent in activities of daily living.

-Assists with information gathering for Personal Outcome Measures, and other assessments;

-Assists people with maintaining a clean, safe, and orderly home by following safety and infection control procedures; educates people about maintaining homes;

-Maintains and expands skills and knowledge relevant to providing high quality support and services. Obtains and maintains all required certifications and trainings and applies the information to support people served;

-Maintains open communication and cooperative work effort with Lead DSP and other staff to assure quality and continuity of support to people served;

-Supports the Bethesda Mission, Vision, and Core Values while empowering each person to direct their own life choices;

-Reports and/or documents routine and unusual events including completing daily logs, accident reports, outcome data sheets, etc. in a concise, understandable, and legible manner;

-Assists people with fiscal management while safeguarding their funds. This may include completing ledgers, reconciling accounts and assisting people with spending choices;

-Ensures that people exercise their rights and that rights are not restricted without due process, ensures people are treated with dignity and respect;

-Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred qualifications

-High school graduate or equivalent. Additional experience with people with developmental disabilities preferred or as required by regulations. Must be 18 years of age, or older.

-As applicable, must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record as defined by Bethesda policy.

-Additional certifications may be required by regulations. – Some positions may require access to vehicle in sound operating condition and proof of current auto insurance.

-Clear background checks as defined by regulations and policies. – Ability to lift at least 50 pounds. Ability to do daily standing, bending, and lifting. -Must be able to stand for 8 hours at a time.

-Interest in assisting people supported to achieve personal outcomes and to provide person centered supports.

-Must possess good verbal, reading, and written communication in English; basic math skills; and basic computer skills.

-Ability and willingness to successfully complete and apply training.

-Must be certified to be free of communicable diseases by a physician (post-employment physical); have the ability to work effectively and harmoniously with others; flexibility with respect to hours of work and changing conditions; be of good moral character; have an interest in the welfare of the individuals; have training and/or interest in the field of developmental disabilities; and have a willingness/ability to communicate with and relate to individuals, parents, guardians, fellow-staff, representatives of community agencies, and company management.

"I chose a career with Bethesda because I want to work for a company that cares. Bethesda is a great organization. They truly care about the people they support and give 110% to support their needs. "

Direct Support Professional