Upbring Careers

  • Direct Care Specialist I (PRN)

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  • Overview

    Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 135 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit Upbring.org.


    General Description:     

    The Direct Care Specialist I's primary responsibility is to provide a safe, structured, therapeutic environment that meets the needs of the residents while maintaining professional and acceptable boundaries at all times. The RC I supports the therapeutic milieu, supervises residents and sets appropriate behavioral limits, plans and implements activities and other duties as assigned.


    Essential Functions:

    • Support the therapeutic milieu.
    • Attend weekly team meetings.
    • Supervise residents and set appropriate behavioral limits.
    • Plan and implement social and recreational activities along with immediate supervisor.
    • Provide input into development of treatment plans as appropriate.
    • Utilize positive child management techniques including verbal redirection, de-escalations and containment.
    • Participate in group therapy sessions for residents, as necessary.
    • Teach constructive behavior and communications skills.
    • Teach realistic problem-solving behaviors.
    • Assist residents with homework assignments, when necessary.
    • Teach good personal hygiene skills.
    • Transport residents to all appointments and activities and document as needed.
    • Reinforce positive behavior by providing healthy, positive incentives for residents.
    • Maintain appropriate boundaries with residents at all times.
    • Be a positive role model for residents.
    • Provide a healthy living unit environment.
    • Maintain an orderly living area.
    • Plan and follow through with resident activities and document.
    • Assist in orientation of new residents.
    • Driving required.

    Additional Functions:


    • Perform other duties as directed.




    • High school diploma or GED required, as per state licensing regulations.
    • Bachelors degree in Human Services or related field desired, or equivalent number of years of employment following high school diploma or GED.
    • Child care experience preferred.
    • Possess maturity, sense of confidence and emotional stability.
    • Ability to set and enforce behavioral limits.
    • Good communication skills.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff members, service providers and professionals.
    • Capacity to maintain a helping role and to intervene appropriately in order to meet service goals.
    • Value a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a person.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems.
    • Demonstrate a conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.
    • Ability to function independently and in a team setting.
    • Ability to accomplish multiple tasks during shift of duty requiring stooping,
    • bending, and lifting.
    • Ability to lift 120 pounds safely with assistance.
    • Ability to safely accomplish, with or without assistance, physically and emotionally demanding containment of a resident, when necessary, using proper techniques.
    • Possess a valid drivers license and have an excellent driving record.


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