Direct Support Professional (+Sign-On Bonus!)


Why Join ADAPT?

It’s more than a job; it’s a calling. It’s where passion meets purpose. ADAPT Community Network, formerly United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of NYC provides a multitude of services to people with developmental disabilities. At ADAPT, we are 3,000 strong, and it takes every one of us to empower the lives of the people we support. With caring and great resources at hand, we know what it takes to help people live fuller, happier, healthier lives. Our employees show their commitment to the people we support every day, and we all deliver on our promise to provide innovative and comprehensive services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

For your next career move, join us at ADAPT Community Network! Wherever you work among our many locations around New York City, ADAPT offers paid training and competitive benefits, and we foster a team culture of learning, support, collaboration, and career growth.

Under general supervision, is responsible for devoting his/her attention to the care and development of the people we support in one of the Agency’s residential facilities. Interacts in a manner that fosters dignity and learning in a way that helps lead to greater independence.

The duties and responsibilities of the Residence Program Specialist will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides exceptional care and assists with the personal development and improvement of the lives of the people we support.
  • Ensures that all measures for safety and well-being are maintained at the highest level.
  • Provides training in activities of daily living and in the development of self-help and social skills.
  • Maintains a personalized, home-like atmosphere in the residential environment.
  • Responds to crisis situations and medical emergencies, including accidents by taking quick and decisive action.
  • Ensures actions are conducted in a manner that prevents abuse, and reports observations of co-workers who may be abusive in accordance with established procedures.
  • Administers appropriate first-aid based on visible symptoms and medical history in accordance with established guidelines and accepted first-aid practices.
  • Summons police, fire, ambulance, or other emergency personnel if the situation warrants it.
  • If an emergency has caused any of the people we support to exhibit behavior that is threatening or dangerous, staff are asked to provide strategies for crisis intervention in accordance with OPWDD approved Behavior Management guidelines.
  • Provides transportation for the people we support in agency vehicles to and from work, shopping, programs, restaurants, movies, doctor’s appointments, etc.
  • Attends weekly staff meetings as well as any other assigned meetings and in-service training.
  • Prepares concise written reports including Incident Reports, Residents’ Progress Notes, and other reports as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Driver’s License (preferred)
  • Prior DSP, Nursing Assistant or Patient Care Assistant experience is a plus


  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret reports and documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries, concerns or complaints from employees and customers. Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

SHIFT AVAILABILITY: Full-Time, Part-Time, On-Call, Day/Evening/Overnight positions available!

COMPENSATION: $16.49 – $19.80/hour + Industry Leading Benefits!


ADAPT Community Network is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds and statuses are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Salary or Hourly Rate

$16.49 - $19.80/hour

Apply now:

To apply, text AMNY to (646) 603-1842