For nearly 40 years, Alternatives, Inc. has been dedicated to providing the best in support services to adults with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illnesses. Services include Residential, Behavior Support, Employment, Support Coordination and Recreation. We have seen great growth in the past few years, which has stretched our coverage area to include Warren, Hunterdon, Morris, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth & Ocean counties. This expansion would not be possible without our dedicated staff members working on the front lines – the Direct Support Professionals.Direct Support Professionals make it their mission to ensure the comfort and safety of each client. They spend day-in and day-out focused on helping their clients succeed. They see them at their best and at their worst. Their relationship is one of mutual respect and admiration. Direct Support Professionals become clients’ second family or, in some cases, only family.Role of a Direct Support Professional:Assist in activities of daily living skillsAdminister or assist with prescribed medicationProvide transportationAssists in the implementation of individual plans for individuals and behavioral plan goalsAssists individuals in the pursuit of recreational, social and community activities based on their preferences and individual plansSupport people to achieve personal outcomes that characterize a high quality of lifeData entry into AWARDS eHR systemDesired Qualities of a Direct Support Professional:Positive CommunicationExcellent Customer Service SkillsCompassionReliability & DedicationDesire to make a differenceEthical and moral valuesProfessionalismQualifications:High School diploma or GEDAbility to pass criminal/registry background checks/drug screenClear tuberculosis screeningA valid driver’s license, no more than 5 points or DUI in last 3 yearsAbility to pass and maintain required trainings such as CPR/First Aid, Medication Administration and Positive Behavioral Support TrainingExperience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (preferred but not required)So why should you apply…? Here are just SOME of the incentives for being part of our team!Paid trainingSign On bonus (if joining with training)Annual Longevity IncreasesAnnual Performance IncentivesStaff Appreciation eventsHealth and Wellness fairsLunch & LearnsEmployee Recognition AwardsStudent Loan Forgiveness ProgramEmployee Referral BonusesMileage reimbursementFor a full list of benefits, click hereWe invite you to apply and become part of the Alternatives team and make a difference!Change Lives, Build Futures! $16.00/hr ($17.00 on weekends) Experience Preferred, not requiredComputer skills a must ! Must possess valid NJ/NY/PA driver’s license**In order to be eligible for employment, applicant must not have more than 5 points on their driving record and no DUIs within the last 3 years.** Essential Duties & Responsibilities Include:Performing necessary tasks for individuals (i.e. administering medication, cooking meals, performing personal hygiene)Training clients in necessary areas for community livingEvaluating skills and needs of clientsSupervising clients in maintenance and upkeep of residenceAssisting with scheduling and maintenance of appointmentsProviding necessary transportation using Agency vehicleEnsuring security and confidentiality of all recordsAssisting with implementation of Individual Behavior PlansStrong interpersonal skills required Alternatives, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.