Job Details

Direct Support Professional


Archway Programs






Medford, New Jersey, United States


Health Care, Education, Social Services, Nonprofit, Human Services


Full-time, Part-time


The general function of the department:

To service developmentally disabled adults in a 24-hour residential setting.

The primary purpose of this position:

Assists, supervises, and trains group home residents in daily activities and assists in maintaining the household and the consumers’ personal belongings.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Maintains established division policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control standards
  • Guards the confidentiality of client information from both outside persons and Archway Programs’ employees that do not require this information to perform their job duties
  • Provides culturally sensitive services that are based on knowledge of cultural diversity to accomplish quality client care
  • Customer Service: respect, flexibility, knowledge, confidence, professionalism, pleasant attitude, patience and helpfulness. All responses should be timely, professional, caring and respectful in accordance with Archway Programs’ standards
  • Ability to lift consumers as part of daily activities/emergencies
  • Cooperates fully with Archway Programs, Department of Human Services and Division of Developmental Disabilities representatives in any and all inspections and/ or investigations

Examples of work:

  • Assists consumers in daily household tasks and activities of daily living
  • Trains consumers in the skill areas designated in Individual Habilitation Plans and records monthly progress
  • Lifting of consumers from/to bed, wheelchair, bathtub, van etc.
  • Performs household maintenance tasks as assigned
  • Provides feedback to group home manager regarding consumers’ progress and status
  • Attends mandatory staff meetings
  • Attends all staff in-service training and other training programs as required
  • Performs any and all other assigned duties

Minimum educational requirements:

  • high school diploma or GED required
  • bachelor’s degree - preferred

Minimum experience required:

  • one year- residential setting preferred
  • other - working with developmentally disabled or elderly preferred.

Other knowledge, skills, and certifications required:

  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record
  • CPR, FA, must complete DDD Pre Service training within 90 days of hire.

The number of employees supervised by this position:


The usual internal and external contacts:

  • Internal - all group home staff, assistant and group home manager, program director
  • External - doctors, other human service agencies, parents, community in general

The percent of time spent on physical activity while performing the job functions:

a) Sitting 35%

b) Standing 35%

c) Other (i.e. - bending) 30%

Total 100%

The percent of time spent on physical effort while performing the job functions:

a) Lifting 30%

b) Carrying 30%

c) Pushing / pulling 30%

d) Other (i.e. - reaching) 10%

Total 100%

The percent of time spent on sensory effort while performing the job functions:

a) Visual 25%

b) Hearing 25%

c) Speaking 25%

d) Other (i.e. - touching) 25%

Total 100%

The percent of travel involved with the position:

Varies - Employees help consumers with every aspect of daily living. Travel may include doctor’s appointments, shopping, workshops, occasional trips, etc.

Machines or equipment used:

(*) typewriter (*) telephone

(*) computer (*) photocopier

(*) fax (*) other - Normal household equipment/appliances

The working conditions (heat, cold, dust, fumes, etc.) that apply to this position are:

Normal house environment

Any safety conditions or hazards associated with this position:

Normal household hazards, consumers may at times become verbally or physically abusive, driving hazards.

Additional comments:

Employees, based on the individual consumer’s IHP, are responsible for assisting consumers in walking, wheelchair handling and bathing.

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