To apply please complete and submit the application at the bottom of this page. You are also welcome to submit a resume and cover letter by e-mail, fax or by mail to: 509 Park Street Charlottesville, VA 22902. The Arc of the Piedmont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Direct Support Professionals

The Direct Support Professional (DSP) for The Arc of the Piedmont is responsible for the implementation of person-centered plans through teaching and assisting the people we support in a community based residential setting, or in one of our Adult Activity Program settings. DSP’s maintain required documentation and reporting, assist with personal care as needed, foster a warm and caring home environment and initiate in-home and community based recreation activities. A high school diploma or equivalent is required and, as always, we seek creative innovative individuals with an eye towards providing the greatest quality of life possible for the people we support. We currently have the following DSP positions available:

  • Charlottesville (Shamrock program.) Part-time, 14 hours per week. Sat. and Sun. 8a – 3p.
  • Charlottesville (Shamrock program.) Full-time, 40 hours per week. Weds. 9p-7:30a, Th. 10p – 7:30a, Fr. & Sat. 10p-8a
  • Charlottesville (Shamrock program.) Full-time, 40 hours per week. Sun. – Thurs. 12p-8p
  • Crozet (Jarman’s Gap program.) Part-time, 14 hours per week. Sat. 9a-3p, Sun. 10a-6p.
  • Crozet (Jarman’s Gap program.) Part-time, 14 hours per week. Su. & Mo. 4p-11p.
  • Nelson (Stevens Varnum program.) Part-time, 15 hours per week. Su 9a-3p, Sat. 5p-11p, Mon. 4p-7p.
  • Louisa (Adult Activity Center.) Full-time, 30 hours per week. Mon.-Th. 8a-3:30p.
  • Louisa (Adult Activity Center.) Part-time, 20 hours per week. Wed 9a- 4p, Th. 9a- 4p, and Fri 10a- 4p.
  • Charlottesville (Adult Activity Center.) Part-time, 20 hours per week. Tuesday-Friday 9-2.
  • In-Home Services, Crozet. Part-time (20 hours per week.) M-F 5p-7:30p and 6-8 hrs on a weekend day.
  • In-Home Services, Charlottesville. Part-time (15 hrs./wk., occasionally 17.) M-F 3:30p-6:30p (with an occasional 1:30 start on Fridays.)

The Arc provides paid training such as Medication Administration, CPR and First Aid, all of which are required for employment. We are always interested in hearing from candidates interested in direct support work. The starting rate for Direct Support Professionals is $10.25/hour, though we do adjust for experience and education. Relief positions are also available, working on an as needed basis.

** We are also seeking to fill the following Direct Support Professional position to assist one of our Sponsored Residential providers:

Direct Support Professional (Charlottesville, Sponsored Residential Services back-up care provider.) Part-time, 15-20 hours per week. This position requires flexibility: 2-3 days working 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (or 12 – 5), with the possibility of working one night 4-9. Weekends are possible as well, but the total hours per week will be 15 – 20. The family in need of this service can be flexible on the days and hours. “Back-Up” Sponsored Residential DSP’s are technically employed/paid directly by the Sponsored Residential provider and, in this case, the base pay is $13.00 an hour which may be negotiable based on medical skills/aptitude, experience and education.


Sponsored Residential Opportunities Available

The Arc of the Piedmont is looking for Sponsored Residential providers, as well as Back-Up Sponsored Residential providers. This is a very exciting opportunity for the entire agency. The Arc of the Piedmont connects adults who have intellectual disabilities with families who take on the role of Family Sponsor. The Family Sponsor offers their home, time and support to an individual in daily living and skills that will help him or her achieve personal goals, independence and wider social supports. Sponsored Residential Providers are not direct employees of The Arc of the Piedmont; rather, they are contract employees.

In order to be considered for licensing to provide services, candidates must be found eligible based on criminal history background checks and Child Protective Services registry checks. Candidates must also meet requirements for minimum knowledge, skills and abilities according to their job description. For sponsored residential positions, the requirements are a total of one year direct experience working with persons with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities or a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, special education or related field. Completion of CPR, First Aid, College of Direct Supports within the first six months, medication administration. Training and certification are available through The Arc of the Piedmont.

Back-up Residential Service providers serve as the second line of support for primary Sponsored Residential providers. In the event that the primary provider cannot fully attend to the needs of the person being supported (owing to other occasional commitments, illness, work, need for time off) the Back-Up provider then provides necessary services and support. We happily pair back-up providers to primary providers.

Becoming a sponsored provider is a two-fold process. Both the individual who wants to become a sponsored provider and their home must meet standards. After an assessment of the candidate’s capabilities, experience and training, and financial capacity to meet expenses, and after it is determined that the home is suitable and meets requirements, the sponsored provider is licensed through the Arc of the Piedmont to provide care in their home.  Placement is contingent upon the desire of the individual who is seeking placement.


For more information about Sponsored Residential opportunities please contact Karen O’Rourke at 977-4002 ext. 131 or e-mail:


Application for Employment

  • The Arc of the Piedmont prohibits discrimination against applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, religious opinion or affiliation, national origin, political affiliation, sex, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status, in accordance with applicable federal law, and complies with applicable state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment in each area where it has operations. The Arc of the Piedmont also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the interview process are requested to contact the Human Resources Coordinator in order to arrange such accommodation.
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  • Pre-Employment Statement

  • I understand and agree that:
    1. The information on this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. Any misrepresentation or omission of any fact in my application, resume, or any other materials, or during any interviews, can be justification of refusal of employment, or if employed, termination from The Arc of the Piedmont’s employ.
    2. Any offer of employment I may receive from The Arc of the Piedmont is contingent upon my successful completion of the agency’s total pre-employment screening process, including the agency’s receiving reference that it considers satisfactory, and my satisfactory completion of any post offer pre-employment medical examination that the agency may require. I also agree, if employed, to submit to a medical examination at any time at the agency’s request. I further agree, if employed, to submit to any training and testing required by the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services as part of the agency’s licensing requirements. I hereby consent to having the results of any post-offer pre-employment or post-employment examination or testing I may be required to take disclosed to the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services as part of the agency’s licensing requirements.
    3. I understand that as a condition of employment, I may be required to undergo and successfully pass a screening for alcohol and/or drugs. I also understand and agree that, if employed, I may be required to submit to an alcohol or drug screening at any time at the discretion of the Executive Director. I hereby consent to having the results of any such alcohol or drug screening I may be required to undergo disclosed to the Executive Director or her designee.
    4. I authorize and request that all of my present and former employers and those individuals I have listed as personal references furnish information about my employment record, including a statement of the reason for termination of my employment, work performance abilities, and other qualities pertinent to my qualifications for employment, hereby releasing them from any and all liability for damages arising from furnishing the requested information.
    5. In consideration of my employment, I agree to comply with the policies, rules, regulations, and procedures of the agency and understand that my employment and compensation can be terminated with or without cause or notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or myself. I further understand that no manager or representative of the agency, other than the Executive Director or Board President, has any authority to enter into any agreement with my for employment for any specified period of time or to make any agreement different from or contract to the foregoing. I further understand that any such agreement, if made, shall not be enforceable unless it is in writing and signed by me and the Executive Director or Board President.