Washington State DSHS Direct Care Provider - Attendant Counselor 2 - Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington


If you are a compassionate individual who is ready to coach, teach and mentor the people we serve with intellectual disabilities, we have an exciting opportunity.

The Department of Social and Health Services' Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is recruiting for full-time, part-time, and on-call Direct Care Professional/Attendant Counselor 2's to join our team located within Region 3 Tacoma State Operated Living Alternative (SOLA)** in Tacoma.

This is meaningful work where you will provide client's training, care, and assistance to enhance their lives.

About the Developmental Disabilities Administration

The Administration offers a continuum of supports through a safe, high-quality array of home, employment, community and facility-based residential services on a $1.08 billion annual budget. We promote individual worth, 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.

About SOLA

State Operated Living Alternatives (SOLA) program is a certified supported living program providing supervision and instruction to SOLA participants, incorporating values such as competence, status and recognition, power and choice, safety and health, relationships and inclusion in the community, in all supports, per the Washington State Residential Guidelines (located to view at this link http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ddd/).

At DSHS DDA SOLA you will enjoy a rewarding career with impressive benefits designed to help you maintain a comfortable life style for you and your family, including:

**Major Medical

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Optional Medical Flexible Spending Account

  • Long-term Disability

  • Retirement and other savings plan options

  • Life Insurance

  • Paid Vacation & Holidays

  • Continuing Education**

See the Benefits tab for more details. Benefits apply to full-time and most part-time employees.


On a Regular Basis You'll

  • Assist and train SOLA Participants in all areas of Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) and personal care. Implement individualized programs, plans and services that are designed to maintain skills and encourage independence.
  • Assist participants to seek recreational opportunities that are life enhancing and support individualized choice. This could be assessing their community by attending church, swimming, dancing, or any variety of activities or events.
  • Transport and/or accompany participants to all appointments and/or other activities in the community.
  • Assess participant medical and overall conditions. Implement all nursing procedures as trained by clinical/RND nurse.
  • Review, collect, and record participant information following the SOLA documentation policy and report information that is vital and/or pertinent to home management.
  • Responsible for maintain participant homes, keeping it safe and clean while respecting personal property.
  • Assist in training and orienting new staff. Attend participant meetings, provide input, and attend house meetings, with input, as needed.
  • Assist with medical or behavioral emergencies.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications

High School graduation or GED AND One year of experience working with persons with intellectual disabilities.


High School graduation or GED AND One year of experience as an Attendant Counselor 1, equivalent or higher level state class.

NOTE: We are looking for persons with experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnosis (i.e. dual diagnosis).

Special Conditions of Employment

  • Must receive Nurse Delegation training and obtain and maintain Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) or NAC Certification.
  • Must receive CPR/First Aid and keep training/card current. For questions about the application process contact Staffing Specialist Lynette Ryder at lynette.ryder@dshs.wa.gov or (360) 829-4956; reference 09972. Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require 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 & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. 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 Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09972

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: $2,602.00 - $3,140.00 Monthly

Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA