• Relief Direct Support Staff - Autism Services

    Job Locations US-MA-West Roxbury
    Minimum Education Required
    High School Diploma/GED
    Job ID
    Number of Hours Per Week
    as needed
  • Overview

    The Relief Staff is responsible to supervise the daily activities of individuals, providing ongoing support, guidance, and role modeling on a consistent basis.  Facilitate individual growth in the areas of personal responsibility, social skills, and community living skills. Promote community inclusion and self-advocacy. 

    Minimum Education Required

    High School Diploma/GED


    • Report to shift on time ready to spend at least 95 percent of working hours in personal contact with individuals.
    • Participate in planning and implementation of daily activity schedule and daily routine.
    • Support individuals in their home and help individuals to become an active member of their community by actively seeking out integrated activities.
    • Assist individuals in Self-Advocacy, decision-making and empowerment.
    • Provide ongoing support, guidance and role modeling for individuals.
    • Assist individuals with home maintenance and perform cleaning duties as assigned.
    • Assist individuals to identify and develop person centered goals and plans to address any concerns, wants or needs they have.
    • Prepare summaries of interaction and objective behavioral observations of clients at the end of shift; clinical notes and data collection using Microsoft Outlook.
    • Lift and transfer individuals as needed.
    • Provide transportation as needed.
    • Maintain certification in CPR, First Aid, SOLVE, MAP, HR/DPPC.
    • Encourage and provide opportunities for community participation and membership.
    • Schedule, attend and document appointments as assigned.
    • Safeguard individuals' monetary funds. 
    • Report significant issues (health, behavioral, psychiatric) to the appropriate supervisor in a timely fashion.  Document issues/incidents according to agency and division guidelines.
    • Perform physical intervention in the event of a client crisis.
    • Ensure that clients are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates' Human Rights Policy.


    • High School diploma or GED. Experience with the program population is preferred.
    • Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
    • High energy level and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and ability to use good judgment.
    • Sensitivity to the needs of the individuals we support  
    • Commitment to providing a homelike environment for the individuals.
    • Must hold a valid drivers' license.  Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport individuals.
    • Ability to operate agency vehicles
    • Basic computer knowledge 
    • Flexibility to work throughout the division

     Advocates is an EOE/D/F/M/V.


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