New York State has approximately 150 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in OPWDD Central NY DDSO. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.
*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled. If you are viewing a trainee title, please note this number reflects the number of positions established at the journey level. Agencies may fill at the trainee level(s) or at the journey level based on employee qualifications. GOT-IT does not provide information on any job postings or job availability. For information on current job postings, please visit State Jobs NY. You may also visit specific New York State Agency websites for information about an agency and its job opportunities.
There is currently no Career Ladder information available for this title.
Direct Support Assistants provide physical and cognitive support to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them lead better lives. In accordance with habilitative plans, they guide and teach individuals supported to live the lives they choose to live.
Direct Support Assistants provide a wide variety of person centered supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities. These supports and services involve advocating for, encouraging, guiding and teaching individuals in expressing personal choice, developing daily living skills and habits, taking care of their personal needs, assuring community integration, ensuring for their health and safety, and maintaining a healthy, safe home environment. The supports and services performed depend upon the specific abilities of the individuals being served and the nature of the setting where the activities are performed.
View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.
The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.
Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.
You must take and pass a Civil Service examination to be considered for this position.
Possession of a high school or a high school equivalency diploma (such as a GED) or higher and successful completion of the Direct Support Assistant Traineeship.
Incumbents are also required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State and to meet physical, medical and agility standards. Candidates will be required to meet additional requirements to provide care to the developmentally disabled including clearance from the New York State Child Abuse Registry and the Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Detection Database. In addition, a criminal background check will be conducted.
For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.10-018
When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.
Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.