State of Massachusetts Developmental Services Worker II in Reading, Massachusetts

_This position is located in Reading, MA_

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members. DDS would like to announce the availability of a full-time Developmental Services Worker Supervisor (DSW II) position located in Medford, MA for Northeast Residential Services.

The primary purpose of the Developmental Service Worker II is to provide direct care services to individuals with developmental disabilities who live in a residential home setting.

Incumbents of this position provide programmatic direct care services. They assist in the implementation of habilitative, behavioral and recreational programs; perform crisis intervention; perform program related cooking and housekeeping duties and maintain confidential records of individuals. The person in this position would be required to attend individuals' review meetings; dispense medications in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations and accompany individuals to various appointments. Additionally, this position provides leisure activities to individuals; assists individuals in meeting his/her personal care and nutritional needs; assists and supports individuals in making choices in his/her life; and maintain individuals rights by complying with applicable laws and regulations. This position may also drive individuals to work, appointments and recreational outings.

Incumbents at this level, monitor Developmental Service Worker I's (DSW I's) to ensure that they are acting as advocates and demonstrating respect and positive regard for the individuals they are providing services for. This position must also ensure that policies, procedures, and services are provided throughout tour of duty. Based on assignments, incumbents of this position also: (1) Function as a working supervisor, providing daily supervision and training to DSW I's through instruction in the daily routines and schedules of individuals, demonstration, and role modeling, in order to ensure that individuals in their care receive appropriate services and opportunities within a normalized environment. (2) As a shift supervisor incumbent is responsible for implementation of services that ensure the safety and health of individuals by maintaining a safe and clean home environment, by observing, evaluating, and taking appropriate and timely action in notifying pertinent medical staff of health related issues, and performing other related assignments for the purpose of providing optimal care. (3) The shift supervisor makes staff assignments within residence. (4)This position assists in the evaluations of DSW I's. (5) Incumbents of this level may exercise functional supervision (i.e., over certain but not all work activities, or over some or all work activities on a temporary basis) in role as shift supervisor/working supervisor, assists in assigning work to, and reviewing performance of 1-8 personnel of a lower grade.

A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit:

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website


Scheduled Hours :

Sunday 11p-7a

Monday 11p-7a

Thursday 11p-7a

Friday 11p-7a

Saturday 11p-7a

Days Off: Tuesday & Wednesday* *

If any concerns or questions you may call Employment and Staffing at 978-774-5000.

This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have (A) at least one (1) year of full-time or equivalent part-time, experience in providing direct support services to persons with developmental/ intellectual, emotional or physical disabilities, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.


  1. An Associate’s degree or higher with a major in a human services field, including sociology, special education, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or other related field may be substituted for the required experience.


An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Direct Care

Organization: *Department of Developmental Services

Title: Developmental Services Worker II

Location: Massachusetts-Reading - Res 7223

Requisition ID: 1800056B