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Direct Care Specialist I

Recruitment #130103-Z12A-01


This position may be filled at a higher level of the job family, depending upon the qualifications of the recommended applicant and at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Those interested in Direct Care Specialist Level I or temporary positions may also apply directly to the following location:

Southern Oklahoma Resource Center
3210 Chickasaw St.
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

Everyone who is given a conditional offer of hire must submit to a pre-employment drug and alcohol-screening test, OSBI background and a physical agility demonstration. You must have two forms of identification.  A Mantoux Tuberculin (T.B) test is conducted when you start. After hire, all Direct Care staff are also subject to random drug and alcohol screening and to reasonable suspicion testing.  Some facilities require a copy of your High School Diploma or G.E.D. and physical exam obtained after 30 days. After a new employee starts, they are provided mandatory training classes. You must have a bank account for direct deposit of your paycheck, or a paycard is offered.

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Positions in this job family are involved in providing direct care and supervision to clients with developmental or other disabilities.  This includes basic health care and assistance with health care needs, assisting clients with life skills, including living, vocational, recreational, and educational skills, reviewing treatment plans for appropriateness, and supervising implementation of care and treatment plans.  Other positions are assigned responsibilities involving paraprofessional guidance and instructional work in an institution, shelter, group home, or school. 


The Direct Care Specialist job family consists of five levels, which are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I:
This is the basic level of this job family where employees are responsible for performing routine entry level work in a training status to build their skills in providing resident supervision and direct care and in managing, observing, and recording behavior of clients/residents.  In this role, they will attend orientation and training to learn policy, practices, and procedures, provide assistance in basic self care and socialization, and use approved intervention techniques, observation, recording and reporting of appropriate information to facilitate this process.


Level I:   
Education and Experience:  None required.

Selection Plan

Score Based On:  Non-Competitive

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