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
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
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
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
Serves as an active member of the interdisciplinary and
multidisciplinary treatment team for unit/facility
Participates in the development of individuals' treatment
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
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
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
Ability to work effectively with others and as a member of a
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
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
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
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. MOS Code:
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.