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Direct Support Specialist + $1,000 sign-on bonus

Towson, MD

About Us:

Morgan Stephens clients are dedicated providers of support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. We are committed to enhancing the lives and independence of the individuals we serve, promoting inclusion, and fostering a supportive and nurturing environment.

Job Summary:

As a Direct Support Specialist you will have the rewarding opportunity to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. You will play a key role in providing personalized care, assistance, and support to promote their overall well-being and independence.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Individualized Care: Provide direct care and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, ensuring their physical, emotional, and social needs are met.

  2. Personalized Assistance: Assist individuals with daily living activities, including bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and medication management, as outlined in individualized care plans.

  3. Skill Development: Support individuals in developing essential life skills, such as communication, social interaction, and independent living skills.

  4. Community Integration: Encourage community participation and inclusion by planning and facilitating outings, social activities, and recreational opportunities.

  5. Behavioral Support: Implement behavioral support plans and strategies to address challenging behaviors, ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals.

  6. Documentation: Maintain accurate and detailed records of services provided, progress, incidents, and behavioral observations.

  7. Safety and Well-Being: Ensure the safety, health, and security of individuals, including monitoring their physical and emotional well-being.

  8. Advocacy: Advocate on behalf of individuals to ensure their rights and preferences are respected, and their needs are met.

  9. Team Collaboration: Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, including therapists, case managers, and healthcare professionals, to provide comprehensive care.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent (Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a related field preferred).
  • Previous experience working in a direct support role, preferably with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Compassion, patience, and a genuine commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to adapt to various situations and address challenging behaviors effectively.
  • CPR and First Aid certification (or willingness to obtain).
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation (if required).


  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Ongoing training and professional development opportunities
  • Positive and supportive work environment
  • $1,000 sign-on bonus after probationary period

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