Washington State DSHS Attendant Counselor 1 - Yakima Valley School in Selah, Washington


Our positions are not just jobs, they are careers where you can make a difference. We are recruiting for two full-time Attendant Counselors' to join our team in providing direct care/nursing assistance at Yakima Valley School to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We have several opportunities to consider and meet the best schedule for your needs. We have some day, afternoon, and evening shifts with varying days off.

In your role you would be helping with meaningful interactions that aide in the growth of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on and off of campus. Depending on the individualized plan you will be able support, train, and develop life skills by partnering with our residents, family members, and team. At Yakima Valley School, we are committed to promoting and maintaining a positive reinforcing environment that improves quality of life and encourages behavior. Being innovative, compassionate, and reliable will be key in your position as your work to inspire the people we serve.

Another perk to working at Yakima Valley School is the ability to advance or move internally. This allows for career development with the Department of Social and Health Services.

If providing exceptional care and having a rewarding career is valuable to you, joining our team at Yakima Valley School would be a perfect fit for you!

About the Developmental Disabilities Administration

The administration offers a continuum of supports through a safe, high-qualify array of home, employment, community and facility-based residential services on a $1.09 billion annual budget. We promote individual work, self-respect and dignity such that each individual is valued as a contributing member of the community.

About DSHS

DSHS values honesty, integrity, open communication and the pursuit of excellence. We work with those we serve to transform lives by providing behavioral health and developmental disability services, aging and long-term care and child and family support, juvenile rehabilitation, and food and cash assistance to those working toward self-sufficiency.

Our 17,000 professional, employees come to work each day ready to make a difference as they support and assist more than 2.5 million of Washington's most vulnerable residents.

You will enjoy a rewarding career with impressive benefits designed to help you maintain a comfortable lifestyle for you and your family, including:

**Major Medical

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • Long-term Disability

  • Retirement and other savings plan options

  • Life Insurance

  • Paid Vacation & Holidays**

See the Benefits Tab for more details. Benefits apply to Full Time and most Part Time associates.


Although each day is different, the following duties encompass the normal everyday activities of this position:

Assist and train residents in all areas of ADL's and personal care

Function as a member of an interdisciplinary team, including developing, documenting, modifying and carrying out planned formal (data-based) programs including collecting and recording data on a daily basis and reporting at least annually.

Escort or accompany residents to appointments, activities, etc.

Provide training in all aspects of resident's lives in a home like setting and the community.

Observe, document and report changes in individuals' physical/mental conditions or unusual behaviors; provide resident safety, security and protection.

Implement individual behavior support plans using training techniques.

Manage behaviors within agency approved methods.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

High School Graduate or GED and one year of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities


High School Graduate or GED and one year of experience as an Attendant Counselor Trainee, equivalent or higher level state class.

Must have a current and active Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC) at the time of hire, or have the ability to obtain within 120 days.

We provide training for applicants who do not have previous experience.

Note: Please provide complete information in your application including three professional references. Applicants selected for interview will be asked to provide proof of education.

Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require a full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license.Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

For questions about the application process, contact Sharon Sterling at (360) 725-5861 or via email Sharon.sterling@dshs.wa.gov. Please use reference number 09636 when applying.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09636 MPP

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $2,544.00 - $2,994.00 Monthly

Location: Yakima County – Selah, WA