Direct Support Professional

Role Description:             Direct Support Professional

Reports To:                       House Manager

L’Arche Boston North is an intentional, inter-denominational community that provides homes, residential services, and places of belonging for adults who have intellectual disabilities. Our mission is to create homes where the gifts of people with and without disabilities are revealed through mutually transforming relationships.


Primary Purpose: The role of a direct support professional is to assist in fostering growth and bringing about relationships between individuals, other staff members, and the greater community. Direct Support Professionals are responsible for participating in the day-to-day routines of the home and the individuals, in accordance with DDS and L’Arche Boston North policies and procedures.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Create and maintain a happy and healthy home environment for four individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, fostering their gifts and interests, both within and outside of L’Arche community
  2. Collaborate with other caretakers as a member of a team
  3. Participate and support individuals in daily household activities such as cleaning, cooking and laundry
  4. Driving individuals to and from daily life activities including: work, physician’s appointments, community outings, trips, etc. Using a 7-passenger van
  5. Actively engage in L’Arche gatherings, events, and trainings

Top 3 Success Measures

  1. Record daily personal, medical, behavioral, and financial needs with support of the House Manager
  2. Holding yourself and others accountable to the shared responsibilities of the team
  3. Home is safe, clean, and well stocked

Training Requirements 

  1. Valid Driver’s License
  2. Ability to pass CORI, national fingerprint background check and DPPC Abuser Registry
  3. Valid driver’s license
  4. CPR and First Aid Certification
  5. Must be able to complete Fire Safety Training within 60 days of employment and annual Human Rights/ DPPC training
  6. VALID MAP license (Massachusetts Medication Administration Program)

** OR ability to obtain license within 3 months of hire, failure to obtain license will result in transfer to Relief (Per Diem) status

**Applicable to FT applicants