Direct Support Profession III-Unit I Cottage 510
Come work in an environment where we truly value and respect those we serve and believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level of wellness and independence. Our vision is to help make this a world where people lead meaningful, independent lives. If you are looking for a place to work where you can establish a career that is filled with purpose, this is the job for you.
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) III serves as Unit Charge and is appointed by and responsible to the DSP Supervisor, subject to the approval of the Unit Director. The Charge 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 charge may delegate portions of these responsibilities and sufficient authority for fulfillment but may not relinquish overall responsibility for results. In the absence of the Charge, the Assistant/Acting Charge will assume the job responsibilities. The Charge may be asked to assume the duties of the Direct Support Professional Supervisor 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.
Ensures active and efficient care, training, and support for individuals s in home living environment
Ensures the practice of appropriate Gentle Teaching techniques in all training and care activities in living and training environments.
Ensure that the home is maintained and is a safe and sanitary living environment for individuals
Ensure efficient operation of the home through direct supervision of assigned staff and maintenance of daily documentation requirements
Serves as an active member of the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary treatment team for unit/facility
Participates in the development of individuals' treatment plans
Performs duties of the Management Supervisor when that staff member is absent
Assists 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 Safe Utilization of Restraints (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 Safe Utilization of Restraints (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.
Certification in CPR, First Aid, or SUR is preferred.
Experience in direct care working with individuals with mental health and/or developmental disabilities.
Work experience with direct care and education may be substituted for one another.
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.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.
There are no Military occupations that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill 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.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
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.