Direct Support Professional
Job Type

Location: Cook County

Full/Part Time positions:

Position Summary:

Join the Aspire team and receive up to $17.00/hour and a $1,500 sign-on bonus! We are looking for highly motivated individuals to assist adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Direct Support Professional acts as an advocate for individuals by supporting their personal needs, encouraging respectful interactions with others and creating a positive living environment. Apply today! We offer paid training, health/dental/vision, retirement plan and paid time off benefits! (The signing bonus is payable over twelve months.)

Aspire’s priority is keeping our team members and participants healthy and safe. PPE is provided and regular cleaning and disinfecting regiments are followed to maintain a safe work and living environment. Hand sanitizer is available throughout our facilities.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support adult individuals with daily activities such as shopping, laundry, money management, and home care
  • Assist individuals with grooming, bathing, toileting, and dressing as needed
  • Assist with connectivity to others through various technology platforms (i.e. Zoom)
  • Assist with meal preparation
  • Perform light housekeeping duties
  • Monitor or administer medication dosage to participants
  • Drive adult individuals to doctor appointments, to and from work, and various errands (company provided vehicle)
  • May provide mobility support to participants, which includes lifting or walking utilizing adaptive equipment
  • Complete and submit reports
  • Provide companionship to individuals
  • Encourage attitudes and behaviors that foster community inclusion
  • Serve as a liaison to represent Aspire in the community
  • Additional duties as assigned

Requirements and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin) with good driving record
  • Comfortable using various computer software to stay connected (i.e.Outlook, Zoom)

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to write reports.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to deal tactfully, respectfully, and courteously with participants, employees at all levels, families, and the general public.

Additional Certifications/Licenses: None

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • 1-year experience working with adults with developmental disabilities

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Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community. In 2019, we joined forces with NorthPointe Resources to be one of the most recognized and respected disability service providers across the Chicago metropolitan area, Lake County (Illinois), and southeastern Wisconsin areas.

Full Time Benefits (regularly scheduled to work at least 37 1/2 hours per week)

  • Health Insurance
  • Benefit Time (Vacation, Sick, Personal)
  • 13 Holidays
  • 403(B) Retirement Savings Plan with matching contribution
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Voluntary Insurances available

Part Time Benefits (regularly scheduled to work less than 37 1/2 hours per week)

  • Health Insurance (hours requirement)
  • 403(B) Retirement Savings Plan with matching contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Vacation - 4 Hours Earned for Every 520 Hours Worked
  • Sick Time - 1 Hour Earned for Every 40 Hours Worked
  • Holiday Premium Pay

Aspire is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

 Aspire is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities so that an applicant may complete the essential functions of a position. The essential functions of positions are outlined in a position’s job description.  To request an accommodation or if you have a question regarding what the essential functions of a position are please contact the People Team at 708.236.0979. 


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