Direct Support Professionals, Alternatives Inc. (Various NJ Locations)

Position Summary

Alternatives, Inc. is looking to hire Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) / Caregivers to support adults with developmental disabilities. Are you looking for a job where you can make a positive difference in your community? Are you passionate about the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities to live with dignity and respect? If so, read on!

For over 40 years, Alternatives, Inc. has been dedicated to providing the best in support services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as those with mental illnesses. Our services include residential, behavior support, employment, support coordination, and recreation. We strive to enable our clients to reach their highest level of independence and integration into the community using our person-centered philosophy.

We have seen great growth in the past few years, which has stretched our coverage area to include Warren, Hunterdon, Morris, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties. This expansion would not be possible without our dedicated staff members. That is why we offer competitive compensation and generous benefits and perks.


As a Direct Support Professional (DSP) / Caregiver, you begin each shift ready to help adults with developmental disabilities live their best lives as independently as possible. You have made it your mission to ensure the comfort and safety of each client. In our residential group home, you assist our residents with activities of daily living such as administering medication, cooking meals, performing personal hygiene, and transportation to medical appointments.

You also assist in the implementation of individual behavioral plans. Using effective teaching and mentoring techniques, you teach them new skills and help them achieve goals. Based on each individual’s preferences and behavioral plans, you encourage their interests and drive them to community outings and recreational activities. You are happy to help them find greater access to the community. You are conscientious about reporting any concerns about their health and safety and keeping documentation accurate and up-to-date.

Some aspects of this job are not easily accomplished but at the end of each shift, knowing your clients are happy makes you feel great about the work you do!


High school diploma or equivalent

Valid driver’s license with a good driving record

Ability to pass criminal/registry background checks and a drug screen

Clear tuberculosis (TB) screening

Ability to pass and maintain required trainings such as CPR/first aid, medication administration, and positive behavioral support training

Basic computer skills

Experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities is preferred, but not required. As long as you are compassionate, have strong communication and interpersonal skills, are able to remain calm and professional in challenging situations, and want to make a difference, you may be perfect for this full-time opportunity!


We operate 24-hour residential group homes which means our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) / Caregivers have many shift options including mornings, afternoons, evenings, overnights, and weekends.

Day shifts:

7 am – 3 pm

3 pm – 11 pm

Overnight shifts:

11 pm – 9 am


Starting at $16.00/hr ($18.00/hr on weekends)


We offer great perks including paid training, a sign-on bonus for those with DDD certifications, annual raises and performance incentives, referral bonuses, mileage reimbursement, staff appreciation events, employee recognition awards, health and wellness fairs, lunch and learns, and offer eligibility for a federal student loan forgiveness program.

Most importantly, you have the opportunity to change live & build futures! If this sounds like the perfect part-time job for you, apply today!

How To Apply:


If you feel that you are right for this part-time Direct Support Professional (DSP) / Caregiver position, apply now with our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application: