Adult/Senior Day Program Direct Support Professional (DSP) $2500 Bonus

WESLEY FAMILY SERVICES   Pittsburgh, PA   Full-time     Nursing
Posted on November 12, 2021


Schedule: Monday through Friday, Business Hours

Location: RIDC Park, Blawnox (near Penn Hills, Fox Chapel, Oakmont, Aspinwall areas)

If you're passionate about making a difference then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

What is it like working as a Direct Support Professional at Wesley Family Services (WFS)? Watch this video! 

Questions about this job? Call or email Renee at 412-342-2292!

Benefits for Full Time Employees:

  • Medical, Dental, and Visions plans effective the 1st of month after 30 days
  • 15 paid days off 1st year, 20 Paid days off 2nd year, then continues to increase
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Discounted Tuition for several local colleges/universities.
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Pet Insurance
  • Employer Paid Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • 401k Plan -Employer match available!
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Critical Illness Diagnosis & Accident Insurance
  • Yearly performance reviews with merit increase eligibility
  • FREE Licensure Supervision!!
  • Eligible for $2500 Hiring/Retention Bonus!! ($500 at 30 days, $500 at 3 months, $500 at 6 months, $500 at 9 months, and $500 at 1 year)
  • Opportunities for Advancement - Career Path!
  • Rewarding and Fulfilling Career - Making a difference in the lives of others


Position Summary

The incumbent for this position will provide Day Program activities and services. The goal of this role is to help individuals build natural supports, social networks, and experience meaningful community participation and inclusion. The community and day program services that this role implements are defined in Individual Service Plans (ISP).

Education: High School Diploma or General Equivalent Diploma.

Experience: One year of experience assisting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), building natural supports, social networking and participating in the community and/or day program facility.

Licenses, Certifications & Clearances:

  • Act 33/34 Clearances
  • FBI Clearance
  • Valid State of PA Class 1 Driver’s License, reliable transportation, safe driving record, and ability to drive.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Instructs a monthly curriculum of adult meaningful activities for assigned individuals to participate in the community or at the facility. Encourages the participation of the activities, providing support and assistance to the individuals.
  • Enhances integrated community supports and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Explores and identifies interests, needs and wants of the individuals pertaining to community activities.
  • Seeks out and builds effective relationships with a multitude of community organizations to enhance personal reliance, contribution and community connection for the individuals.
  • Adheres to the guidelines of the Community Participation Supports service.
  • Provides hands on direct support for personal hygiene (restroom), mealtimes and all other daily living skills as needed.
  • Assists individuals in taking medications in accordance with Regulatory Authorities and Agency Policies/Procedures, with the Appropriate Training and/or Certification.
  • Implements Individual Service Plans (ISPs) and other training programs for individuals. Maintains accurate documentation reflecting individuals’ progress on these programs via Credible, electronic record system.
  • Utilizes appropriate behavioral and crisis intervention techniques in accordance with ISPs, Training Plans, Program Supervisor/Coordinator Direction, Regulatory Authorities, and Agency Policy/Procedures. Reports problems to and/or seeks assistance from the program Supervisor/Coordinator.
  • Coordinates appropriate training activities in accordance with ISPs and the individual’s schedule.
  • Observes individual’s basic conditions, such as medical and behavioral conditions of individual. Administers simple First Aid when necessary. Provides on-going emotional support and intervention to individuals by utilizing effective problem-solving techniques, the principles of positive approaches and current best practices in the field. Reports these conditions appropriately to program Supervisor/Coordinator.
  • Assists in other programs as needed and performs other duties as assigned.



Erin Paul, Current Lead DSP, Wesley Family Services

“I’ve been working with [Wesley] Family Services for almost 10 years… I originally came to Family Services because of their flexible work schedules and ability to work longer shifts. I can get 40+ hours in a shorter amount of days, spending more time at home with my family. …What you put into caring for the individuals, you really get back in feeling that you make a big impression on their life. You get to be the person they can’t wait to tell how their day was. You get to be that person that gets to share in a special outing that they will remember forever. IDD staff make such an impact on the individuals’ lives, you get to be the one that makes it a positive impact! … I would recommend a job in the IDD Residential field to anyone with a big heart!”



Two of the largest providers of developmental and behavioral health services, Wesley Spectrum and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, have recently merged to form Wesley Family Services (WFS). Our organization is growing in Western Pennsylvania and we have opportunities for caring, knowledgeable, and talented candidates to join our team! WFS provides a work environment that is positive and rewarding for its employees; a setting where growth, equality, teamwork and safety are the means to meet the charge of our mission.

WFS provides a diverse range of autism, behavioral health, education and family support services to individuals and families in western Pennsylvania. We create life-changing support by integrating our services to best meet the needs of those we serve. Our mission is to empower children, adults, and families by providing transformational care.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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