|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 may be OR 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.
|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:
Valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date, is preferred OR required. 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.