Direct Support Staff, DSS

Job Summary: Direct Support Staff (DSS)

A Direct Support Staff (DSS) provides direct care service to individuals who are developmentally and/or physically challenged. The work involves providing specialized care and training in all identified areas.
  • Implements goals and procedural objectives.
  • Implements and documents all aspects of the individuals' needs including personal hygiene.
  • Provides a safe, healthy, clean environment and provides supervision to the individuals.
  • Functions at all times as an advocate
  • Performs dietary duties, i.e., food preparation and clean up.
  • Performs laundry duties, i.e., personal clothing and linens.
  • Performs housekeeping/cleaning duties.
  • May be assigned to various work areas, which may include site addresses that differ from the originally scheduled site.

Job locations:

Berwyn Heights, MD: Sun 9am-11pm; Mon & Wed 3pm-11pm

Hyattsville, MD: Thur-Fri 3pm-11pm Saturday 9am-11pm... Sun 9am-11pm & Mon-Tues 3pm-11pm Wed-Fri 3pm-11pm/Sat 9am-11pm Sun 9am-11pm/Mon-Wed 3pm-11pm

Greenbelt, MD: Thursday & Friday 3pm-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm

Silver Spring, MD: Sunday 9am-11 pm or Mon-Tues 3pm-11pm


For more than 40 years, ATC Healthcare has provided leading nurses and healthcare professionals to hospitals and facilities nationwide. Healthcare systems around the U.S., including municipal health systems, multi-unit senior care companies, governments, school systems, VMS and MSP vendors trust us to deliver more than 100,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals on-demand. If you have a track record of success in healthcare, we want you to join us!

We offer the following benefits:
  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Referral program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 401k Plan
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Identity theft insurance
  • Compensation $$/hour


High school diploma or GED


At least six month's experience as a direct support staff in a group home setting.

  • Sitting, standing, and walking
  • Lift and/or carry a minimum of 50 pounds independently.
  • Bend as stretch as needed.
  • See, hear, speak, write, push, pull, climb, twist, reach, and possess manual dexterity.

  • Current CPR and First Aid (for some locations and programs) • Abuse Clearances (may include child abuse clearances)
  • Criminal History Clearance
  • FBI Fingerprints
  • Current Physical, for some programs
  • TB Screening and baseline testing (PPD or blood test), some programs
  • Certification of Completion: Direct Care Staff Training Course and Competency for some programs.


• Complies with ATC policies and procedures.
• Complies with client policies and procedures.
• Maintains confidentiality relative to patient care and facility practices in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). • Communicates information effectively to appropriate personnel.
• Documents patient care as assigned in accordance with client policies and procedures.
• Follows the patient's treatment plan as assigned.
• Provides patient care in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory manner that considers cultural diversity and age appropriateness so that autonomy, rights, and dignity are preserved.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Other Duties: Please note this job summary is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may vary by assignment and may change at any time with or without notice.

Equal Opportunity Employer: ATC Healthcare Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status or any other category protected by Federal, State or local law. M/F/D/V EOE