Direct Support Professional (DSP) – Gary Shupin Independent Living Community

Make a difference in the lives of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as autism. Direct Support Professionals (aka Resident Mentors) are caring, positive role models who help neurodivergent adults lead safe, full, and independent lives. As a Resident Mentor, you’ll be a teacher, a role model, and a friend, helping the adults you work with achieve a great quality of life. Your clients will be living in a residential group setting and have low support needs. Some of them work, attend day programs, and volunteer in the community. Residents are in their 20s and 30s, are not aggressive, and are motivated to become more independent and social. You will support them in everything from daily routines such as making plans with friends, joining community events and holiday celebrations, grocery shopping and cooking, participating in recreational activities, and building skills around personal care and relationships. Enjoy fun outings in the Bay area including going to sports games and movies, bowling, kayaking, hiking, archery, and more!

Being a Resident Mentor is not just a job – it’s an amazing opportunity to have fun and help others thrive.


The Gary Shupin Independent Living Community is an extension of JFCS’ Disabilities Services, which includes residential independent living, skills development, a community of peers, and a social club. The Shupin Community provides individualized support, housing, and recreational programming for neurodivergent adults with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities. One of their programs, Special Connections, supports young adults in building skills to develop and sustain romantic relationships and close friends.


JOB TITLE: Resident Mentor aka Direct Support Professional (DSP)
REPORTS TO: Director of Disability Services Program
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time, with benefits
JOB LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

Join our team of passionate and dedicated professionals and gain valuable experience. The ideal candidate is highly responsible, organized, and has the aptitude for working well with people and will play a key role in making JFCS a great place for everybody to work by bringing a positive outlook, people skills, and organization skills to the table.


  • Be part of a financially stable nonprofit with a long and rich history
  • Make positive differences in the lives of thousands of individuals and families we serve each year
  • 15 holidays annually (Includes 9 federal holidays & up to 6 Jewish holidays each year)
  • Employer 403(b) retirement Match and Additional Employer Contribution (Subject to eligibility requirements)
  • 3 weeks’ vacation & 2 weeks’ sick time per year
  • Cafeteria Plan
  • Rate $27 /hour
  • Shift Available: Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 7: 00 pm


  • Works with the Residential Manager and residents to develop and carry out an Individual Program Plan (IPP) to assist residents in reaching their highest level of independent living
    • Provides support to develop and follow a consistent schedule of independent living skills instruction and daily routines with resident input
    • Promotes and teaches meal planning and preparation, shopping, hygiene, safety awareness, self-advocacy, personal, domestic, medical, financial, social/recreational, communication, and behavior management skills to maintain independence
    • Monitor medication and accompany residents to medical appointments
    • Assists with transportation or training to obtain transportation
    • Support community integration and development of social skills through encouraging and facilitating recreational activities
    • Completes daily written documentation of activities as assigned, including plans, progress notes, and reports
  • Prepares appropriate meals for residents
  • Has the ability to exercise mature judgment and relate to individuals in a warm and caring manner
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings
  • Safeguards client privacy and confidentiality, making sure protected health information is secured
  • Maintains good working relationships with all staff to help the whole JFCS Agency operate as a positive, coordinated unit


  • Bachelor’s degree in human services related field preferred
  • 1+ years of experience working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities required
  • Experience in using MS Office applications and general computer skills
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community, holidays, and cultural activities is not required but is helpful when coordinating or participating in activities with the Jewish Community
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by the date of hire to be considered


To be considered for this position, you must meet the requirements and competencies listed above. Application materials will be reviewed as they are received, and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.


JFCS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and disabled individuals. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees so classified.