Starting salary of $1,962.84
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
kick-start a career that is filled with purpose, this is the job
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) I works as part of a team
that helps people with intellectual disabilities achieve their
goals. This includes routine and emergency care, treatment, and
training for people with intellectual disabilities in various
settings. Responsibilities can vary, and may include such duties as
grooming, bathing, feeding, observing and reporting individual's
conditions and behaviors; providing meaningful interactions with
individuals, participating in individualized training and/or active
treatment programs for both males and females. The DSP I documents
information on the person's life, such as things that occur
throughout their daily schedule, how they respond to activities on
the home, training, and unusual incidents. Completion of work
requires use of simple and/or routine duties, while decision making
is based on guidance that will be provided to you as you are
prepared for the job and from other professional staff on your
team. Work is in a team environment with guidance provided through
supervision and training. 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.
Assists persons served with training to teach daily living and
Provides behavior intervention by following the recommended
behavior intervention techniques to ensure that persons served are
protected from harm or injury due to abuse/neglect, sexual
incidents, serious injuries, or other sources of immediate danger
and provides emergency care as needed.
Participates in delivering therapeutic and individualized
training per the individual's active treatment program, and
documents individual progress.
Assists persons served (male and female) with carrying out
necessary self-care skills (i.e., bathing, dressing, oral hygiene,
toileting, feeding and grooming).
Ensures environment is free of safety hazards by correcting any
hazards found and reporting them to the supervisor.
Observes persons served for signs and symptoms of disease,
injury, reactions to medications, or other conditions that warrant
Assists in transporting of individuals going on scheduled
activities and in emergency situations.
May prevent or manage aggressive behavior among individuals and
administer CPR in emergency intervention.
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 learn patient care techniques and of treatment,
therapy, and developmental programs.
Ability to read, write and understand English so as to
effectively communicate and carry out verbal and written
Ability to learn behavior modification techniques as required
for training of individuals with certain specific behaviors.
Ability to provide individual care to administer first aid or
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to conduct Safe Use of Restraints
(SUR), and to communicate effectively.
Ability to work effectively with others and as a member of a
team and to accept supervision.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess a 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 or previous employment experience.
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
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19
medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence
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. 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.