Direct Support Professional Careers

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Direct Support Careers

Working at KenCrest means helping others live out their dreams and discovering a few of your own along the way. For over 118 years, our team of 1,200 employees throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware have embodied PRIDE (Positive approaches, Reaching higher, Inclusion, Discovery, and Excellent Leadership) in all aspects of our work, and we can't wait for you to join us!

What is a Direct Support Professional?

Direct Support Professionals can work full-time or part-time capacity— to help the people KenCrest supports with intellectual and developmental disabilities successfully thrive within their homes and communities. DSPs provide essential long-term support, including medical and behavioral health needs, assisting with daily living activities (such as feeding or dressing), and social interactions. The Direct Support Professional position is similar to the job of a home health aide or Certified Nursing Assistant.


The job duties of a DSP include those of a teacher, nurse, social worker, counselor, physical or occupational therapist, dietician, chauffeur, personal trainer, and more. They are essential in creating a healthy, safe, and happy lifestyle for the people we support, and KenCrest’s DSPs are critical to our organization. Positions are available in all three states where KenCrest operates.

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What is a Community Connection Coach?

As a unique and flexible part-time direct support professional position, a Community Connection Coach works less than 20 hours a week and dramatically impacts the people we support lives. A Community Connection Coach helps individuals with life skills like cooking, household chores, using public transportation, and assisting them in activities within their community. This role is a great opportunity for anyone going to school/college or looking for meaningful work in their retirement.