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The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.
The Direct Support Professional (DSP) IV serves as home supervisor appointed by and responsible to the Unit Director. The home supervisor is responsible to ensure that care, treatment, training, and support activities are completed in the assigned home, including supervising and monitoring the activities of other direct support staff. The home supervisor performs administrative and programming duties that include supervising and evaluating direct care staff within the unit. The home supervisor may delegate portions of these responsibilities and sufficient authority for fulfillment but may not relinquish overall responsibility for results. The home supervisor is also responsible for quality active treatment and operation of the unit. The home supervisor may be asked to assume the duties of the Unit Director in his/her absence. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This position is required to drive a state-owned vehicle.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Arranges work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and staff/individual ratios
Monitors/documents individual participation/progression for effective communication with other staff
Ensure efficient delivery of care, training, and support activities on the unit through supervision of activities and work behaviors or assigned employees
Attends meetings, serves on committee, and performs other specific tasks when directed by the Unit Director, Administrative Assistant, Director of Home Life, ADoP, or facility Director.
Ensures programming and care of all assigned individuals through periodic planning sessions with administrative and professional staff
Ensure that the home is maintained s a safe and sanitary living environment for individuals
Plans, assigns and supervises work of others
Provides assistance in transporting of individuals going on scheduled activities and in emergency situations, as needed.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.
Ability to make decisions and uses good judgment when dealing with critical incidents.
Ability to react quickly and calmly in an emergency.
Ability to demonstrate proper body mechanics, good posture, and proper lifting techniques.
Strength and flexibility to safely perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Safety Utilization of Restraint (SUR) techniques to restrain and prevent harm to that individual or others until the harmful/violent behavior subsides.
Ability to master basic techniques of individual care and training.
Ability to be flexible in handling work assignments.
Knowledge of individual care techniques and of treatment, therapy, and developmental programs.
Ability to provide individual care, to administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to conduct Safety Utilization of Restraint (SUR), to communicate effectively, and to train others.
Ability to work effectively with others and as a member of a team.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.
Initial Selection Criteria:
High school diploma or GED is preferred.
Two (2) years' experience working in the field related to this position (working with people with developmental and/or physical disabilities).
Experience in a supervisory role.
General knowledge of ICF/IID standards.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to random drug testing.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
There are no Military occupations that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. For additional information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.