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Direct Care Specialist I

Recruitment #130212-Z12A-03


Position located at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf-Sulphur

Essential Functions:  This position is responsible for instructing and supervising deaf and hard-of-hearing students in areas of personal hygiene, housekeeping, laundry and social and cognitive skills. Additional duties may include chaperoning bus trips home and extracurricular activities. Working hours are from 11:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Candidates that are proficient in American Sign Language are preferred.  Probationary period (or trial period if applicable) is required.

Education and Experience Requirements:  Level I - None required.  Level II - requirements at this level consist of one year of experience working with children or adults in a treatment facility for disabled individuals or working with children or adults in a residential or school setting.  

This position may be filled at a higher level.


Method of Application:  ALL SOURCES – Applicants, without previous classified state service, those that are in the unclassified status OR currently in probationary status, must apply through the Office of Personnel Management OKCAREERS on-line applicant system (  Current State of Oklahoma employees with permanent status in the classified service, or those having reinstatement rights; Submit one (1) complete set of all of the following application materials:  A cover letter that contains the Job Announcement Number, Job Title and Job Code of the position for which you are applying, a telephone number where you can be reached during office hours, your home mailing address, your e-mail address, your current classification and job code and a completed Office of Personnel Management Personal Data Summary Sheet (OPM-4B).  DRS’ requires applicants to provide copies of performance evaluations at the interview process.

Send OPM 4B and Cover letter to: 
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Attn:  Human Resources Unit
3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112
Fax: (405) 951-3543

If you have any questions regarding this position or the application process, contact Calvin Small at (405) 951-3527.           


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.


Some positions may require that applicants be physically able to lift 50 pounds.

Applicants must be willing and able to work overtime and work on shifts.

Some positions may require that applicants be willing and able to perform job-related travel.

Oklahoma Department of Human Services positions may require applicants possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to transport clients.

Selection Plan

Score Based On:  Non-Competitive

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