Direct Support Professionals

Understanding the Role of Direct Support Professionals

Our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are those who work closely with the individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in their own homes, apartments, group homes, and day programs. Our DSPs focus on helping the individuals we serve become an active part of their community and providing support in the least restrictive environment possible.

Why Arc of Acadiana

Our fun-loving team offers a relaxed and nurturing environment for both clients and dedicated employees in several locations, including Lafayette, New Iberia, Rayne, Duson, Grand Coteau, Opelousas, Abbeville, Erath, Delcambre and Bossier City. From great benefits to a people-first, connection-driven service philosophy, Arc of Acadiana delivers rewarding life and work experiences to everyone who walks through our doors. Keep scrolling to learn about our openings and see why staff members choose to make a long-term career here.

Our Benefits

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Paid Time Off*
  • Major Medical Insurance*
  • Supplemental Insurance Benefits*
  • Tuition Reimbursement* (Full-Time Employees)
  • Qualified 401(k) Plan*
  • Workers’ Compensation

*Benefits are earned after eligibility requirements are met. Learn more.

DSP Testimonial

We’ve created this testimonial video featuring Bonnie, one of our outstanding Direct Support Professionals, to offer a firsthand look into the heart and soul of Arc of Acadiana. Bonnie’s story embodies the passion, purpose, and impact that DSPs bring to our community. Through her experiences, we hope to inspire other to join our team and become a driving force for positive change in the lives of those with developmental disabilities.

Positions Fit for You

For the
Social Butterflies

Day Program or Community Group Homes DSP

Do you like engaging group activities and spending time building relationships with people? Our Day Program DSP or Community Group Home DSP positions might deliver the right dose of interaction you want in a career. In these roles, you would enjoy a work environment filled with fun that lets you mingle with staff members and socialize with a variety of Arc of Acadiana clients.

For the
Road Runners

Daytime In-Home DSP

Do you enjoy the rush of the road, working one-on-one with others, and getting to change your scenery throughout the day? Our Daytime In-Home DSP positions offer the upbeat work style you might be searching for. In this role, your daily schedule will keep you moving from home to home as you pay all your favorite clients a visit to check their progress and assist with tasks.

For the
Night Owls

Nighttime In-Home DSP

Perhaps you’re at your professional best after the sun goes down, or maybe you need additional work that doesn’t conflict with other responsibilities. If you enjoy night hours in a relaxed, one-on-one environment, our nighttime in-home DSP role could be an ideal fit. This position offers dialed back DSP duties in a calming residential setting with your assigned client.

For the
Free Spirits

Part-Time DSP

Do you prefer flexibility above all else in your work days? Are you juggling multiple jobs or responsibilities? Our part-time DSP positions offer the freedom you need to pursue other interests and manage other jobs. Whether you’re looking for daytime or nighttime work, we have a variety of shift options to accommodate you.

What Our Employees Are Saying

They work very well around your schedule and provide a great environment with great benefits. Plus, the clients are fun and very easy to work with.

Current DSP at Arc of Acadiana

Arc of Acadiana is awesome, and I love everything about them. They’re very active people with their clients, and they’re good people.

Current DSP at Arc of Acadiana

At other jobs, you might feel as though you’re not appreciated. At this job, I could see my good work on the faces of my clients, and it showed in their health.

Current DSP at Arc of Acadiana

Working at Arc has improved my patience and understanding of the mentally and physically disabled. I love helping people with their basic daily needs. I hope that one day if I’m ever in need, I get the same love and care I showed.

Former DSP Employee at Arc of Acadiana

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