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Direct Support Professional - Independent Living Services Program

Build Rehabilitation-BuildAbility
San Fernando Valley, CA
$18 - $20 an hour - Part-time, Full-time


San Fernando Valley, CA

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  • 403(b)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • On-the-job training

Full job description

Join the BuildAbility Team as a Direct Support Professional

Are you someone who finds joy in assisting others in reaching their goals? Do you prefer being out in the community rather than confined to a desk? Currently, we're on the lookout for Direct Support Professionals to lend support to participants in our Independent Living Services Program.

Why work with us:

  • Meaningful Mission: Be a part of a team that's transforming lives and empowering individuals within the community. Our mission is to carve out a space for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, encouraging them to envision a life without limitations and then guiding them toward turning that vision into a reality.
  • Inclusive Environment: Join an organization that values diversity, anti-racism, and inclusion in all aspects of our work.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: Enjoy competitive compensation starting at $18.00 - $20.00/hour, along with a generous benefits package.
  • If our values align with yours, then this opportunity is tailor-made for you!

Our Independent Living Services Program:

  • In this program, DSPs work directly with individuals in their homes or the community to assist them with developing and maintaining the skills necessary to live independently.

As a Direct Support Professional, you will be responsible for:

  • Assisting participants in their homes with tasks such as budgeting, meal planning, hygiene practices, and activities of daily living (ADLs).
  • Providing opportunities for the participant to develop socialization/interpersonal communication skills and practice self-regulation/coping techniques.
  • Providing hands-on training, observation, and evaluation of the participant's household tasks and assisting with further development.
  • Advocating for participants' inclusion in the community and empowering them to exercise their rights.
  • Use BuildAbility’s digital program to log the individual’s progress and performance.


  • 2 Part-time hires (6-25hrs) or 1 Full-time hire (30-35hrs)
  • Monday to Friday
  • Mornings and afternoons
  • Hours assigned are subject to change weekly based on availability

Work location:

  • San Fernando Valley
  • North LA regions


  • Starting at $18.00 - $20.00/hour (dependent upon prior experience and qualifications).


  • Paid Sick Time (56 hours)
  • Mileage Reimbursement and Paid Travel Time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Opportunity for Career Advancement

Additional Full-time benefits:

  • 90% coverage for Medical and 100% coverage for Dental and Vision insurance
  • 100% Employer Paid Life Insurance for up to 2X the annual salary with Reliance Standard
  • Paid vacation starting at 2 weeks per year
  • 13 paid holidays per year

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with individuals with disabilities, their family members, employers, and others in a positive and constructive manner.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Must pass a DOJ Live Scan fingerprinting background clearance.
  • Valid California Driver’s License, automobile insurance, and reliable transportation.
  • Willing to travel: up to 75%.
  • Proof of full vaccination (+ Booster Shot) or submit a request for accommodation based upon a medical condition or deeply held religious belief.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish speaking.
  • Prior experience supporting individuals with disabilities. If you don’t have experience, we will provide on-the-job training. Some of our best staff did not have experience prior to being hired at BuildAbility!

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $18.00 - $20.00 per hour

Expected hours: 6 – 35 per week


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Morning shift

Application Question(s):

  • Build's vaccine policy is that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or request an exemption from the policy due to a verified medical condition or a deeply held religious belief. Can you comply with Build's vaccine policy?
  • Are you willing to complete or provide proof of a fingerprint live scan background clearance?
  • Would you be willing to provide proof of a valid driver's license and automobile insurance, and be willing to use your personal vehicle for work-related purposes? Please note that this position requires you to travel for about 50% of your work day.
  • Which areas are you available to travel to? (Burbank/Glendale, Hollywood/North Hollywood, Sunland/Tujunga, Sylmar/San Fernando, Chatsworth/Northridge, La Canada/Flintridge, Pasadena, Los Angeles area, No preference)
  • How many hours a week are you looking for?
  • What days of the week and time of day are you available for work? Please specify if you are available mornings, evenings, and weekends.
  • Are you fluent in speaking and writing in other languages other than English? If so, please list which language(s).
  • How many years of experience do you have assisting adults with developmental disabilities?
  • Do you have a minimum salary requirement? (The current listed range is $18-$20/hour)
  • What is the highest level of education you have completed?
  • Please provide your phone number and email address for further communication regarding your application.

Work Location: In person