Elgin, TX 78621
Salary: $10.00 to $12.00 /hour


Full Time; Non Exempt

Weekend Shift


The Weekend Direct Support Professional (WDSP) is a non-exempt hourly full time direct support position located in Residential, reporting directly to the Residential Manager. The WDSP shares the home and lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The WDSP supports the mission of Down Home Ranch by providing guidance and instruction in all aspects of the individual’s life, so that they may reach their full potential with a goal of living independently. The WDSP will join with other staff in a high-level commitment to provide an excellent quality of life for the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served through Ranch

Typical work schedule consists of supporting individuals in the home Friday 4:30pm to Sunday at 5:00pm; hours will be adjusted according to the needs of Down Home Ranch. There is are an additional 2-8 hours that may be scheduled per week.

Eligible for full time benefits.


Essential Functions Statement(s)

  • Implement the goals of Residential
  • Provides coverage in the residential environment as needed and as assigned by the Residential Manager
  • Coordinates necessary grocery shopping activities
  • Assists with meal preparation and ensures that meals are prepared
  • Assists with financial planning and management for individuals serviced
  • Completes household routines such as waking up residents, prepping breakfast, ensuring chores are complete, etc.
  • Ensures maintenance of household is completed
  • Provides transportation and ensures vehicles are clean and well-kept
  • Understands individual service planning and person-centered planning process
  • Promotes health and wellness of all individuals supported, including supervising and conducting medication pass
  • Is aware of the requirement for documentation, and is able to manage these requirements effectively
  • Enhances the ability for individual to lead a self-determined life by proving the support and information necessary to build self-esteem, assertiveness and to make decisions
  • Knowledge of formal and informal assessment practices to respond to individual’s needs, desires and interest
  • Attends staff meetings, cross functional committees, workshops and trainings
  • Willing to better understand the diverse challenges that are faced by individuals with IDD including: community supports, building relationships, and open communication
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To accomplish this job successfully an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Minimum age of 21; excellent driving record and able to pass extensive background investigation
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Willing to better understand the diverse challenges that are faced by individuals with IDD including: community supports, building relationships, and open communication
  • Creates and plan activities as requested
  • Stay over the weekend in the home with individuals served
  • Sleeping arrangements may be in the common area of the home on a rollaway bed
  • No pets or dependents of the WDSP may visit while on duty
  • Provides excellent customer service
  • History of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities or other vulnerable populations

Completes work with a high degree of autonomy

  • Ability to bring others together and reconcile differences
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship building
  • Detail-oriented, works well under pressure, takes initiative to solve problems, meets deadlines
  • Reads and complies with all company policies and procedures, such as in the Down Home Ranch Employee Handbook.
  • Able to write and prepare documentation and reports, as requested.
  • Experience and comfortable with business software
  • Maintain confidentiality under requirements of the HIPAA statutes
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal, with the ability to clearly communicate with others
  • Team player with ability to coordinate and work closely with others

DHR has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and DHR reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as DHR may deem appropriate.

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