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YAI Per Diem Direct Support Professional - DSP 1 in Suffolk County, New York

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Per Diem Direct Support Professional ( Long Island Suffolk County)

Per Diem Direct Support Professional (Long Island- Suffolk County)

About the Position

YAI is hiring Per Diem Direct Support Professionals (DSP) to work in several of our Long Island locations . DSPs work closely with people of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) . The ideal candidate possesses a wide range of skills and is eager to promote YAI’s mission of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, love, work, and learn in their communities. Depending on the support needed, DSPs may work in a person’s home, in their family’s home, in a YAI residence, at a day habilitation center, or out in the community.

We are looking for compassionate and reliable people to join our team of dynamic individuals who every day choose to make a difference in the lives of others. All job-specific knowledge, strategies, and skills will be provided via YAI’s “best-in-class” training program. As Per diem, you have the flexibility to set your own schedule using a scheduling app downloaded to your phone. Choose the shifts/hours you want to work based on your timetable.

Whether you’re looking to make extra money, gain satisfaction in helping others, pursue a career in human services while going to school, or have other responsibilities prohibiting commitment to a fixed work schedule, consider being a Per diem Direct Support Professional at YAI. A commitment of 24 hours a month and completing monthly training videos is all that’s needed to start your journey.

Consider becoming a Per diem DSP at YAI . The rewards have no boundaries.

Location: Long Island - Suffolk County -

Schedule : Flexible (minimum of 24 hours per month and one agency holiday)

Compensation : $16.50/hour to $16.50/hour

YAI’s Mission

Ready to join our 4,000+ employees in a career at YAI? Working at YAI means effecting real change in people’s lives . It means going home at the end of the day knowing you have helped someone accomplish a goal . If you want a career supporting others, creatively finding solutions to life’s challenges, and building a more inclusive community, YAI is the place for you!

Join us in our mission to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, love, work, and learn in their communities . Learn more at yai.org/careers .

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide direct care services as needed. This includes, but is not limited to, the provision of counseling, training in ADLs (Assisted Daily Living skills), assistance with personal care, medical, dietary, social, sexual, recreational, financial, habilitative and other needs within the program.

  • Ensure the health, safety, and wellness of the people we support.

  • Build and maintain positive relationships.

  • Assist the people we support in maximizing their strengths, interests, and abilities through teaching, self-advocacy, and emotional support.

  • Facilitate community integration, recreational activities, and socialization.

    Qualifications and Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED preferred.

  • Work or life experience in the I/DD field is a plus (not mandatory)

  • Ability to complete three to five weekdays of paid New York State-mandated OPWDD training during normal business hours.


  • Daily Pay available – Work today, get paid today!

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Growth-oriented work environment

  • Holiday Pay

    Discounts on travel, entertainment, wireless services, shopping, and more . Check out our benefits page to learn more!


    Do you have a passion for supporting and empowering others? Are you caring, motivated, positive, and team-oriented?


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam or disabled veteran. YAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our Roots:

YAI was launched in February of 1957 out of a small school in Brooklyn, New York. Initially staffed by Co-Founders Bert MacLeech and Pearl Maze MacLeech alone, their pilot program served just seven people. According to Bert, from its very beginning YAI has been dedicated to providing innovative services for the I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) community. MacLeech envisioned a, “total life adjustment approach, emphasizing personal growth, social responsibility, employment goals, and the development of independence for the individual.” At a time when institutional living was the norm for people with I/DD, this vision was nothing short of revolutionary.

YAI Today:

Today, YAI has a team of over 4,000 employees and supports over 20,000 people in the I/DD community. This extraordinary growth shows the ongoing need for these important services, and YAI’s success in offering them. YAI supports people with autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy, among others. Operating throughout Downstate New York and Northern New Jersey, YAI now offers more than 300 programs for people of all ages.

Better Together:

At YAI, we are driven by our mission of living, loving, working, and learning. This applies not only to the people we support, but to our staff as well. Commitment and passion for the work continue to unite employees and drive the organization forward. Empowering the people we support to reach their goals remains at the heart of our organization.