Direct Support Professional I
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 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) 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.
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 vocational skills.
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 medical intervention.
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.
Registrations, Licensure Requirements or Certifications:
Valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date, is preferred. 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
Knowledge, Skills, AND 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 instructions.
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.
Initial Screening Criteria:
High School Diploma or GED or previous employment experience.