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The Arc of Monroe Individual Support & Community Specialist SL in Rochester, New York

Individual Support & Community Specialist SL

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Job Description

Direct Support Professional Openings in Day Services

*$1000 Sign-On Bonus will be paid in increments of $250, every three months for one year as long as in good standing.

Be You, Be the Arc. Bring your kindness, bring your compassion, bring your diversity. Create a rewarding career at The Arc of Monroe by empowering and supporting people with I/DD to live fulfilling lives and create opportunities for independence and inclusion.

No experience needed, just the desire to have fun, build relationships, and enrich the lives of people with disabilities! We provide all education and training.

This position is with our Silver Lining servicefor "retirement-age" adults.

Work directly with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a community day program setting to provide person centered support; promoting confidentiality, privacy, human dignity, uniqueness, and physical and emotional well-being while supporting the individual to lead a self-directed life. Support people to develop and maintain relationships, advocate for justice, fairness and equity and full community participation. A DSP will show respect, integrity and responsibility for the individuals they support, other staff members and the community they work in.

  • Empower people to make their own choices while providing as little support as necessary to create opportunities for independence

  • Be a role model for making safe and healthy lifestyle choices

  • Inspire someone to have fun with art, music, cooking, or their favorite activity

  • Play basketball, go for a walk, challenge someone to a game of cards

  • Explore parks, museums, concerts, sporting events within the community

  • Grow positive relationships with families or guardians, and be their go-to contact

  • Assist with personal care, hygiene, and daily living skills

  • Attend to medical needs, including transportation to and from doctor’s appointments

Required Skills


  • Valid NYS driver’s license required. Must have access to timely and reliable transportation to transport self.

  • Must maintain current required certifications as designated by the agency including but not limited to: AMAP, SCIP-R, First Aid/CPR

Other Skills/Knowledge/Experience

  • Manage multiple priorities while maintaining effective levels of consumer service

  • Ability to stay calm and level-headed under pressure and still perform well

  • Demonstrate good judgment, sensitivity, objectivity and tact

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Foster teamwork between all team members via open communication, sharing of responsibilities, and a positive, constructive attitude.

  • Complete the agency’s on-boarding training program.

  • Basic computer literacy, including use of email, Microsoft office and internet

Physical Requirements

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, reach, push, pull, lift, climb and kneel

  • Exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently.

Working Conditions, Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

  • This position works in a day program setting, working during inclement weather will be required.

  • Must be flexible and dependable; may be required to work overtime as necessary.

  • May be occasionally exposed to individuals who have the potential to carry a communicable disease or blood borne pathogen

Required Experience

High school diploma/G.E.D. required. Two years working in human services preferred, preferably with adults with disabilities. Experience in a sheltered workshop setting, vocational program, day habilitation or day treatment program desired.

Job Location

Rochester, New York, United States

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