Direct Support Technician

Alexandria, VA
$40,483.82 - $55,476.72 Annually
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 30, 2021
Full Time
Direct Support Technician

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Direct Support Technician position.

An Overview

The Direct Support Technician provides peer support services to individuals with a serious mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders; provides motivational support to begin the process of understanding recovery and stages of change; assists clients, staff and others understand appropriate supportive responses, wellness measures and the overall recovery process; offers assistance with advocacy and psychosocial rehabilitation to improve community integration.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate will have good knowledge of working with Individuals with an Intellectual Disability; Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and techniques applicable to Vocational/employment programs, Medicaid Waiver and DRS service delivery systems, and community organizations that provide assistance for individuals with Intellectual disabilities; good knowledge of the Supported Employment model, ability to work with moderate and low functioning adult in a program setting; ability to learn and train others in electronic assembly or other types of work processes; good knowledge of supported employment and program development and implementation strategies; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, workers with disabilities, professional groups, regulatory/involved agencies, company/agency officials and employees and members of the business community; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing; and the ability to observe, interpret, and document behavior.

The Opportunity
  • Analyzes, develops, composes and implements Individual Service plans, training programs, strategies and curriculum;
  • Provide direct training and supervision to a group of 1 -8 consumers within the areas of fundamental skills development and community life experiences;
  • Provides input into the development of a comprehensive individualized Person Centered Plans;
  • Assists consumers in the establishment and achievement of individualized goals and objectives related to fundamental skills development and community life experiences;
  • Documents progress towards individualized goals, significant/unusual events, monthly program outcomes, and all other information required by the program;
  • Provide assistance with personal-care;
  • Generates consumers' payroll on a bi-weekly basis;
  • Inspects the quality of all completed tasks by consumers to ensure compliance with desired objectives and goals outcome;
  • Provides support, direct training, counseling, assistance and/or crisis intervention to participants in employment or the day support program, to address behavior, fundamental skill development, community life experiences and other appropriate issues;
  • Provides emergency care, personal care, as well as medication management, as needed;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

About the Department
The Center for Adult Services (CAS) provides programs and services in Aging; Adult Protective Services; Clinical & Emergency Services; and Community & Residential Support Services for seniors and for persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. CAS provides compassionate and effective person-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety and recovery for Alexandria residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; one year of specialized training in psychology, rehabilitation, a vocational specialty or related human service field; one year of experience working with clients in vocational placement or training; and possession of a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

Four-Year College Degree in counseling, psychology, social work or a related field; ability to establish a working relationship with individuals with an Intellectual Disability in either a group home setting, institution, day support or supported employment setting , co-workers and community agency personnel; one year of experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability; bilingual (English/Spanish) skills; and good verbal and written communication skills; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; education/certifications; and driver’s license.


Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:00PM. As an essential employee, staff will be expected to report to designated locations during inclement weather on scheduled hours.

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