Direct Support Professional for an Arts Program Supporting People with Autism

Ongoing Opportunity

SpArc Services’ Cultural Arts Center (non-profit) is hiring energetic and empathetic artists with an interest in therapeutic art-making and daily living skills training for people with autism.
The mission of SpArc Services’ Cultural Arts Center is to bring a love and understanding of the arts to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities while connecting them with the world outside their studio. Group outings to cultural venues, collaborations with other artists, and partnerships with like-minded organizations round out a program that focuses on cultivating self-expression and opportunities for community involvement.
The Cultural Arts Center has recently expanded its programming to address the unique needs of adults with autism. Direct Support Professionals for this expanded program assist in implementing a structured curriculum balancing visual and performing arts education with training in daily living skills and sensory-based activities. Direct Support Professionals also help participants gain greater access to the Philadelphia arts community by assisting them in preparing for exhibitions and performances and assisting the Director in connecting them with other artists or arts organizations. This position requires a background in the visual arts, music, performance, creative writing, and/or dance.
Brief Job Description:
1. Create and implement developmentally appropriate activities to educate program participants about the visual and performing arts as well as daily living skills
2. Assist with the creation and implementation of a structured daily program of activities designed to assist participants in learning daily living skills through the arts
3. Actively engage participants in the program’s curriculum of art and educational classes and activities, including assisting them in creating a personalized daily schedule each morning
4. Accompany participants on outings to cultural venues, volunteer locations, and other community-based settings

5. Support implementation of Individual Support Plans (ISPs) for each program participant. Provide feedback on participants’ progress including recommendations. Participate in program planning and development working closely with Program Specialists and other team members to ensure a well-integrated approach to program participant care.
6. Plan and provide opportunities for new arts, recreational, and educational experiences with assistance from the program director. Ensure program participants’ transition from activities safely and without incident.
7. Know and follow Department of Public Welfare (DPW) regulations and agency policy in all areas including confidentiality, attendance, unusual incidents, documentation, abuse, restrictive procedures, and all matters pertaining to medication administration and documentation and medical issues
These are just some of the responsibilities of the position. To learn more about the organization and position visit our website: To see some of the projects and activities in the Cultural Arts Center please visit
The starting hourly rate for this position is $10 per hour. Shift hours are between 8:15am and 4:15pm Mondays through Fridays.
Serious candidates should apply directly by sending your resume and cover letter to referencing DSP – CULTURAL ARTS.
This position is a great opportunity for an artist that truly supports the mission of SpArc and wants to make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities while discovering how therapeutic art-making positively affects the community SpArc’s programs supports.
SpArc is an equal opportunity employer.

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