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LA Direct Support Professional - Independent Living Services Program

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


San Fernando Valley, CA

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  • 403(b)
  • Employee assistance program
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • On-the-job training
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid 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.


  • Part-time (15-20hrs)
  • Monday to Friday
  • Mornings and afternoons
  • Hours assigned are subject to change weekly based on availability

Work location:

  • Los Angeles region (Zip Codes 90004-90069)
  • Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena region


  • 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

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!

BuildAbility is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace environment, stakeholder engagement, and client support. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $18.00 - $20.00 per hour

Expected hours: 15 – 20 per week


  • Employee assistance program
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid training
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan


  • 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