Jespy House Inc
  • South Orange, NJ, USA
  • Part Time

Job Purpose

 JESPY House has several part time positions available, including weekdays, weekends and evenings.  JESPY Daily Living Skills Counselors will support the vision and mission of the agency. Under the supervision of the Community Based Support Supervisors, Daily Living Skills Counselor at JESPY House serves individuals with learning, developmental and behavioral health disabilities through: support and development of daily living skills; positive direction; and, advocacy in the community on behalf of and with the client. This is accomplished in accordance with JESPY program policies and procedures.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports JESPY House policies, vision, and core values while empowering all clients to direct their own life choices.


  • Establishes a collaborative relationship with involved family members or significant others to advance identified goals. Will provide supportive services to individual clients; if more in depth services are required, initiate a referral to the Case Manager.


  • Maintains and expands skills and knowledge relevant to providing high quality support and services. Attends trainings as directed and applies new knowledge to current assignment. Obtains and maintains all required certifications. As a support service counselor, the DLS Counselor communicates regularly and proactively interfaces with JESPY Case Managers as required.


  • Collaborates with the assigned Case Manager.


  • Assist with food ordering or shopping when necessary
  • Supervise and teach necessary skills regarding cooking, cleaning and laundry
  • Report to supervisors and/or building superintendent about needed repairs
  • Inspect client's refrigerator on a weekly basis
  • Conduct monthly fire drills and inspect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Represents as the agency liaison with building superintendents
  • Submits weekly and monthly reports on client's status
  • Informs case manager when new clothes, shoes, or household appliances are needed
  • Cooperates with licensee or DDD staff in any inspection or investigation
  • Must check email and voicemail daily
  • Utilize Foothold Awards daily to access client information. All notes are required to be entered into Foothold within a 3 (three) day period from date of client interaction.
  • Responsible for tracking both non-DDD and DDD clients' progress through electronic documentation as well as client goals through the daily tracking record as it relates to their service plan.
  • Attend any additional Foothold trainings, workshops and meetings.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
  • General knowledge of agency policy and procedures

Skills and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • Knowledgeable about the person-centered approach to service delivery. As an empathic listener, remain patient, listen carefully and offer appropriate feedback to clients served.
  • Maintain strict and professional boundaries particularly regarding confidentiality.
  • Understanding of learning and developmental disabilities and best approaches to working with clients with these disabilities.
  • Communicates effectively in writing; completes all time sensitive written and electronic documents.
  • Skilled at collaborating well with other members of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Proficient with Foothold EHR, Microsoft Word and Excel




Reports and/or documents, in a concise, understandable, and legible manner in the electronic health record (EHR), Foothold. Case notes need to demonstrate a direct relationship to the achievement of treatment goals as defined in the ISP or the Annual Case Evaluation. Completion of daily logs, accident reports, incident reports, outcome data sheets and all appropriate Agency and government forms are to be done in a timely manner (generally 3 (three) days within client interaction).


Work Schedule

JESPY House has several part time positions available, including weekdays, weekends and evenings. . A flexible schedule is possible with the approval of the supervisor; scheduled hours may vary each week to accommodate client needs.


Other Responsibilities

  • Adopts all Agency policies and procedures, and attends mandatory in-service programs.
  • Reports any incident or accident involving one's self, or Agency clients. Reports all unusual, questionable or dangerous situations to the management immediately. Provides all information in writing, necessary to assist in completing the required report.
  • Immediately reports any suspicion of verbal, physical, sexual abuse or neglect on the part of clients or any staff to the immediate supervisor, the Director of Operations, or the Executive Director.
  • Reports immediately any unusual, inappropriate or potentially risky behavior on the part of anyone visiting an individual at any of the JESPY sites, to the site supervisor, the Director of Operations, or the Executive Director
  • Maintains strict confidentiality of organizational and individual information, in accordance with HIPAA standards.
  • Demonstrates concern and courtesy to clients, staff, family members and visitors.
  • Other responsibilities that may arise within the job scope


Qualifications/Minimum Competencies

  • High School Diploma with some college
  • Experience with individuals with developmental disabilities preferred
  • Valid driver's license and car
  • Basic computer skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Valid New Jersey license with vehicle to transport self and clients


  • Mandatory Competency-Based Training:
  • DDD Shifting Expectations
  • Prevention of Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
  • DDD Life Threatening Emergencies (Danielle's Law)


  • Additional Minimum Competencies Required
  • DSP Professionalism
  • Professional Documentation Practices
  • Working with Families
  • Supporting Jobs and Careers in the Community
  • Employment Supports
  • Cultural Competence



Workplace Behavioral Characteristics

  • Work Ethic: Demonstrates commitment and a positive approach to the work assignment. Uses time effectively to ensure maximum productivity. 
  • Flexibility and Adaptability: Adapts to new or changes situations without affecting performance or work procedures
  • Judgment: Reaches logical conclusions by using sound judgment.  Actively rather than passively takes action. Accurately identifies issues/problems and their causes and initiates appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to Work Independently: Demonstrates the ability to perform job duties and tasks with limited supervision.
  • Communications: Shares relevant information regarding job or Agency with management in a timely and appropriate manner. Expresses written and oral communications effectively.
  • Listening Skills: Uses active listening skills to ensure that others have the opportunity to express their ideas/comments fully, and responds appropriately.
  • Team Building: Willing to work cooperatively with team members and all other Agency personnel.
  • Awareness: Is attentive to the work environment and provides appropriate intervention, as needed.
  • Conflict Resolution: Addresses confrontational or uncomfortable issues and/or situations effectively with calmness and discretion. Seeks supervisory intervention, as necessary.
  • Attire: Dresses in a manner that is appropriate to day-to-day work conditions, but always mindful of promoting a professional identity.


Special Working Conditions/Physical/Requirements

  • Must be able to walk up and downstairs.
  • Must be available for coverage on some weekends and after 5pm when required.
  • Valid driving license is required.
Jespy House Inc
  • Apply Now

    with our quick 3 minute Application!

  • * Fields Are Required

    What is your full name?

    How can we contact you?

  • Sign Up For Job Alerts!

  • Share This Page
FB Twitter Insta YouTube Logo Home About Us Services Support Us Shop Gallery FAQ Symposium Contact