April 11, 2019

Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, HHS Executive Commissioner

Kelli Weldon, 512-424-6951

Facility Hosts Hiring Events, Aims to Hire More Than 200 Staff

AUSTIN – The San Angelo State Supported Living Center has announced a new salary structure and hiring bonuses for qualified job candidates who want to work in a meaningful, team-centered environment, providing services to people with intellectual disabilities.

With a competitive job market and challenges recruiting staff, SSLC leadership identified a need to quickly hire more than 200 direct support professionals. The facility aims to retain current employees by offering salary increases and hopes to attract new applicants through hiring bonuses.

The SSLC is looking to hire people who will work directly with residents, provide individual care, active treatment and training, and use creativity to provide a stimulating environment for SSLC residents.

The center is offering higher salaries and a recruitment bonus of $2,000 to each new direct support professional. The center also is offering pay increases and one-time bonuses of $2,000 to all current, eligible direct support professionals. For those currently ineligible, merits will be awarded once staff meet criteria.

People can learn more about these and other career opportunities at upcoming express hiring events at Workforce Solutions of the Concho Valley, 202 Henry O Flipper St., San Angelo, on the following dates:

  • April 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 17 from 8 a.m. to noon
  • April 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We work with a wonderful group of people who have unique challenges in their lives. Our goal is to recruit people who want to truly impact others in a meaningful way. The difference we make each day is a great way to kick-start your career and find purpose in your employment. It's not just a job, but a mission serving others," said Scott Schalchlin, Associate Commissioner of SSLCs, Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Nursing students, including students at the Angelo State University School of Nursing, also are encouraged to apply.

"Our undergraduate students—pre-licensure baccalaureate in nursing students—have been fortunate to be provided the valuable and sometimes life-changing opportunity for a clinical experience at the San Angelo State Supported Living Center," said Wrennah L. Gabbert, Ph.D., Professor, ASU Department Chair and Nursing Program Director. "This center provides valuable experiences for our BSN students to interact with and assist in the daily care of the clients who reside at the center. They have reported they find a positive home-like atmosphere with excellent nursing care being provided for every client."

"The San Angelo State Supported Living Center serves a critical, invaluable role in providing services and supports for people in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities," said Rep. Drew Darby. "It takes a special heart to care for society's most vulnerable, and SSLC employees fill a very important role in helping clients live productive lives."

Texas Health and Human Services offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility. Applicants must meet all hiring criteria, including a cleared fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen and random drug testing. Flexibility in work hours and ability to work overtime may be required.

To apply, visit https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/jobs-hhs/health-specialty-care-system-employment. Career counselors and job seekers can contact a recruiter by emailing healthcareers@hhsc.state.tx.us.

The San Angelo SSLC campus is home to 196 residents. It has 950 full time positions and serves a 38-county area: Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Coke, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dawson, Ector, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Howard, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kent, Loving, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Runnels, Scurry, Sterling, Terrell, Terry, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Winkler and Yoakum.

To learn more about the San Angelo State Supported Living Center, go here.