Many of the people who currently work in HHS report they do it because they feel like their work makes a difference in someone’s life. If you want to join our team, HHS is looking for professionals seeking to serve and solve challenging issues in a variety of roles such as:
- Caseworkers, including child and adult protective services
- Long-term care surveyors
- Public health educators
- Laboratory services technicians
- Direct service workers at state supported living centers
- Administrative jobs ranging from accountants to web designers
Visit the Health and Human Services Jobs Center to see what jobs are currently open around the state and to complete an online application.
Note: If you want to work at a state supported living center with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, please review the criminal offenses that can bar your employment.
HHS is committed to hiring veterans and creating a work environment that values and retains the skills service members bring to the job.
State law requires agencies to give veterans, surviving spouses of veterans, and orphans of veterans preference in the selection process when candidates are similarly qualified. We specifically encourage managers to interview veterans for any job openings for which they are qualified. If skills needed in a job were obtained through federal government service, they should be accepted.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of Reserve components and provides protection for veterans with disabilities.
Veteran Hiring Resources
- Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
- Employees Retirement System of Texas: Purchasing Service Credit for Military Service
- Texas Workforce Commission Military Jobs Translator
- Texas Workforce Commission Tools for Transitioning Service Members
- Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
- Texas Veterans Commission
- Texas Veterans Portal
- U.S. Department of Labor Hiring Veterans Toolkit
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs eBenefits
App for Veterans
Reasons to Work for HHS
The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave. Click on the tabs below to learn more about these benefits.
HHS salaries are commensurate with education and level of experience. Opportunities for merit increases and promotion are available. In addition, a shift differential may be paid to employees who work other than normal shifts.
Employees also earn $20 per month in longevity pay for every two years of service.
Improving job skills is important to us. Therefore, we offer education and training opportunities through:
- Paid training
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Online training
- Professional licensing
- Educational assistance programs
- Employee internships
The state of Texas offers free, comprehensive medical insurance for employees, and pays 50 percent of the premium cost for dependents (possibly as much as 90 percent for qualifying children). Coverage is effective after 60 days with no preexisting conditions exclusions.
Coverage, which is effective immediately, is available for employees and their dependents at group rates. There are two plans from which to choose.
Short- and Long-term Disability
This coverage may be purchased at group rates.
- Basic term life insurance — $5,000 coverage plus $5,000 for accidental death and dismemberment, both paid by the state.
- Optional life insurance — Amounts from one to four times your annual salary may be purchased at group rates.
- Voluntary accidental death and dismemberment — You determine your level of coverage from $10,000 to $200,000.
- Dependent life insurance — $5,000 term life and $5,000 accidental death and dismemberment coverage may be purchased for dependents.
- State of Texas Vision, administered by Superior Vision Services, Inc., offers more complete vision coverage to help you save money on eye exams and eyewear.
Holidays and Leave
State employees receive an average of 15 paid holidays per year.
New, full-time employees accrue 8 hours of vacation leave per month. The vacation accrual amount increases with additional years of state service.
Full-time employees accrue 8 hours per month. Eligible employees can also apply for extended sick leave and leave from the Sick Leave Pool for long-term illness or injury.
The state matches employee contributions with automatic enrollment after 90 days for new employees. Vesting occurs after 5 years of service; retirement health coverage is available after 10 years of service.
Other Optional Benefits
- Deferred compensation (457)
- Texa$aver 401(k) Plan
- Legal Protection Plan
- TexFlex reimbursement accounts
- Direct deposit of pay