DADS seeks new Texas State RAI Coordinator

Ken BellRegulatory

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is seeking a new Texas State RAI Coordinator to replace Cheryl Shiffer, who has announced her retirement. DADS has asked TMC to help get the word out about the position.

As you may know, Cheryl has been a great help to Texas long-term care providers in managing the increasingly complex world of MDS compliance. She has also been a good friend to TMC, working with us to present several training webinars for our members. We appreciate Cheryl’s service and will miss her friendship and expertise.

If you know someone who would be a good candidate for this important position, please have them apply at the DADS website.

DADS opening: Texas State RAI Coordinator

TX DADS Position posting: Nurse IV – San Antonio Posting number 311167

Job Description

Serves as the department’s authoritative source of information concerning the clinical aspects of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment process. Performs a Clinical Help Desk function to answer provider questions concerning the MDS assessment process and completion of assessments. Provides similar support to internal agency groups including Long Term Care (LTC) Policy, Regulatory Services, Quality Monitoring Program and sister agency groups such as Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Rate Setting and Office of the Inspector General, Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), Texas Legislative Council and others. Works with internal and external stakeholders on matters involving MDS for LTC, including Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), Nursing Facilities (NF) and Rural Hospitals when they Swing Beds to provide services under Medicare Part A. Works with Education Services to develop MDS training curriculum for providers and surveyors. Reviews LTC Joint Training curriculum to ensure the factual accuracy of all instructional content relating to MDS. Provides MDS training to state and facility staff.

Essential Job Functions

Provides complex technical assistance to others regarding the MDS (for example, staff, volunteers, contractors, other organizations) on policies, procedures, rules, regulations, standards, or requirements. (60%) Assists in developing training programs (for example, curricula, course outlines). (10%) Performs quality assurance reviews of documents or materials prepared by others (for example, publications, assessments, reports, curriculum). (10%) Serves as liaison for assigned area on complex issues with agency staff or outside entities. (10%) Trains or coordinates training programs for staff and providers (for example, through face-to-face and webinar trainings, as well as The MDS Mentor publication). (10%) Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills Abilities

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws relating to the Aging and Disability programs; of program planning and implementation and the Long Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument User’s Manual Version 3.0.. Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts; to devise solutions to problems; to prepare concise reports; to develop and evaluate policies and procedures; to plan, implement, and coordinate agency programs, maintain effective working relationships with others; and engage in effective public speaking with technical and general audiences. Prefer experience completing MDS assessments and Resident Assessment Coordinator-Certified (RAC-CT) or similar MDS certification. Must be willing to obtain/maintain MDS certification upon hire.

Registration or Licensure Requirements

Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse by the State of Texas or state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact. License must be in good standing.

Initial Selection Criteria

Must be a Registered Nurse with Knowledge of Long Term Care (Nursing Facility) operations inclusive of MDS knowledge.


The position can be located anywhere in the state.

To Apply

Please visit the DADS website.