REPORTS TO: Program Manager, Program Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY: Works with residents on a daily basis implementing programs and procedures, teaching new skills, and running behavior programs. Is responsible for maintaining the flow of daily life in the department for the person(s) they are working with.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS: Position requires 1 semester of college education (15 semester hours).  Some related experience in human service field (experience with mental retardation or with other vulnerable populations) is preferred. Must be able to work the required variety of shifts, including awake overnights. Ability to communicate enough of the English language to be understood by residents. Assisting, transferring, lifting, redirecting, and the ability to move quickly are among the necessary skills of the Living Skills Instructor. DHS background study clearance and the completion of all training is required.

SALARY: 14.70/hr without a four year degree, 14.95/hr with a four year degree

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Client Interactions:

  1. Assists with daily living activities, personal needs and daily schedules
  2. Assists with recreational activities
  3. Accompanies on community outings
  4. Administers medication; accompanies to appointments
  5. Safely performs 2-person transfers of non-ambulatory resident(s)
  6. Other duties at request of Manager, Coordinator, or Director

Programming:

  1. Runs programs as directs, keeps up-to-date on programming
  2. Records data
  3. Knowledge and use of reinforcement principles
  4. Successful completion of Holland & Skinner training program

Communication:

  1. Maintains open lines of communication with other staff and supervisors, both written and verbal
  2. Attends meetings and in-services
  3. Charting

Administrative Interactions:

  1. Accepts direction, supervision and instruction from supervisors
  2. Assumes appropriate level of authority and responsibility

Crisis Action and Security:

  1. Follows program guidelines
  2. Assists appropriately in crisis situations
  3. Acts as person in charge when trained and scheduled
  4. Responsible for residents’ safety and whereabouts

Housekeeping/Maintenance:

  1. Assists residents in maintaining a clean and healthy living environment
  2. Assists residents with food preparation and clean up
  3. Assists residents with department maintenance and repairs

Energy Level/Attendance:

  1. Maintains necessary level of energy
  2. Maintains punctuality and responsible use of time
  3. Works minimum number of required shifts