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


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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