Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 10/31/16
Applications Due: 12/31/17
Vacancy ID: 34149

Position Information

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleDirect Support Assistant/Direct Support Assistant Trainee - WNY

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitISU - Institutional Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $30461 to $41756 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Variable

Hours Per Week 40


From 12 AM

To 11:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? Yes

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County To Be Determined

Street Address To Be Determined

City To Be Determined


Zip Code14224

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Transfer Opportunity – You must be a New York State employee eligible for transfer via Section 70.1 of Civil Service Law. In order to qualify for Section 70.1 transfer, you must have one year of permanent status in a title approved for transfer by the Department of Civil Service.


Open Competitive -

Direct Support Assistant Trainee is a continuous recruitment examination. The minimum qualifications are High School Diploma, GED or a Direct Support Professional Certification from an accredited public or private organization and a valid Driver’s License.

If you are not on the current eligible list please mail a NYS-APP#4, 20-149 & 20-150 ( to Western NY DDSO Attn: HR, 1200 East and West Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224 or call (716) 517-2057 to register for an upcoming examination. You can view the complete examination announcement here:

As a Direct Support Assistant Trainee, you would participate in a traineeship ranging from 12 to 15 months depending on your qualifications and your ability to demonstrate competency in certain critical areas of consumer care. At the successful conclusion of your traineeship, you would advance without further examination to Direct Support Assistant, Salary Grade 9.


OPWDD’s priority is the health and safety of the 128,000 individuals statewide with developmental disabilities receiving our support. As a Direct Support Assistant Trainee or Direct Support Assistant, you would help individuals with developmental disabilities lead richer lives. Under supervision, you would provide supports and services which involve advocating for, encouraging, guiding and teaching individuals in expressing personal choice, ensuring community integration, assisting individuals with personal hygiene care, toileting, lifts and transfers, dining, dressing, and meal preparation. You would help individuals to participate in games and recreational programs; coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills; and provide a clean, safe, and comfortable environment. You would work with other staff to carry out and record care plans and, in accordance with special instructions, you may administer medication. These positions are physically demanding. You would need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of individuals in emergency situations. You must be able to stand, bend, stretch, and lift bedridden and/or incapacitated individuals. To learn more about what direct support professionals do on the job everyday, go to .

Additional Comments Positions are located throughout the following counties: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans.

As a New York State employee, you would receive an excellent benefits package, which includes medical, dental, and vision benefits; Deferred Compensation; State retirement option; vacation leave, personal leave, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Salary range above features hiring rate of Direct Support Assistant Trainee (SG-7) and the job rate of Direct Support Assistant (SG-9).

You must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter. Failure to maintain a valid license may result in removal from employment.

Below is a link to a loan forgiveness program.

Student Loan Types:

NYS Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program (GOYF):

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at


Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name Human Resources Management Office

Telephone (716)517-2057

Fax (716)517-3715

Email Address


Street Western NY DDSO

1200 East and West Road

City West Seneca

State NY

Zip Code 14224