Job Description

The Arc Tampa Bay is a non-profit agency whose mission is to support and empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We have been serving Pinellas County for more than 60 years with our 18 group homes, 3 adult day programs, and a behavior clinic for children on the autism spectrum.   Our group homes are located in:  Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, and Largo.  Our Day Programs are located in Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, and Safety Harbor.   Our staff are comprised of over 200 individuals with a patient, caring, strong work ethic and we are always looking for new people that fit that criteria to come and be a part of our team! 

Pay Rate: $11.57 to $11.85/hour 

When hired as a direct support professional at The Arc Tampa Bay, this is a position that works in a group home.  The homes are located in Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, and Palm Harbor and can house up to 6 individuals with behavior issues and developmental disabilities.  The job responsibilities of a direct support professional in our homes include:

  • cooking
  • cleaning
  • hygiene assistance
  • transportation using a company van
  • passing medications
  • supervision and assistance in all daily activities
  • implementing behavior plans
  • daily documentation
  • community activities and engagement
  • providing the highest level of care with dignity, respect, and compassion to ensure the highest and happiest quality of life for those we serve

When we are looking to hire someone to work in any of our programs, the best fit for our agency will be a person that has a caretaking nature, that can successfully implement training received, and is reliable & dependable.  If you can make The Arc Tampa Bay and the people we serve a priority in your life, please apply today!

***We welcome out of state applicants! It is important to note that wages in Florida will differ as the cost of living is typically lower, and we don't get state taxes deducted from our earned wages. The Arc Tampa's wages are among the most competitive for the field! We also provide Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance at NO COST to the full-time employee.

Skills / Requirements

  • high school diploma/GED
  • Valid Florida Driver License
  • 21 years or older
  • 1 year experience working with children with Autism/ behavior issues (preferred but not required of all positions)
  • To be considered:  a candidate can have NO criminal misdemeanor in the past 3 years and NO Felony in the last 10 years.  See the "APD Affidavit of Good Moral Character" for all other automatic disqualifying criminal offenses.
  • We do the following screenings:  10 panel drug screen, DMV screen, local & federal level 2 criminal history (this does include any juvenile offenses) The Arc pays for these screenings

Important Notes

We value our dedicated team of employees by offering a comprehensive benefits package. As a Direct Care Staff, you will enjoy:

Currently offering Weekly Bonuses for 40 hours worked!

  • Medical and Dental insurance at NO cost to you
  • Free gym membership to The City of Clearwater Recreation Centers
  • Tax ­sheltered retirement plan with a $.75 on the dollar match after 1 year of employment; for up to 4% of annual salary
  • $10,000 Life Insurance policy at no cost to the employee
  • Full-time, steady schedule 
  • Large, stable organization with opportunities for growth