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National Children's Center Direct Support Professional in Washington, District Of Columbia

The Direct Support Professional is responsible for the safety, welfare, training, and supervision of all individuals residing in their assigned work locations for their assigned shift. The Direct Support Professional is a member of the treatment planning team, providing and supporting a structured, consistent and therapeutic environment. DSPs are responsible for implementing individualized treatment programs for the time they are on duty. In addition, they are responsible for intervening and resolving crisis situations as well as providing emergency CPR and First Aid if required.


The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed in this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible to provide supervision and protective oversight of assigned individuals throughout scheduled shift assignments to ensure their safety and well-being.

  • Responsible to maintain ongoing knowledge and understanding of established levels of protective oversight and supervision requirements under the individual’s plan of care.

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of daily activities to meet person-centered choices, and identified habilitation and educational needs.

  • Support and implement specific training activities and tasks to assigned individuals based on the person-centered plan, habilitation plan, or education plan.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or general education degree (GED) with one year of experience working with children with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities as a service provider or as a family member;

  • Associate’s degree (A.A.) with an emphasis in Human Services with or without experience;

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Psychology or related field with or without experience.

    Further, ALL EMPLOYEES are expected to have, and maintain current and valid driver’s licenses .


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

    COVID-19 Vaccination Information :

    You are required to be FULLY vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to your first day of employment.

    NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.