Respite Skills Trainer 2

Job Locations US-MA-Ashland
Minimum Education Required
High School Diploma/GED
Job ID
Number of Hours Per Week
Business Unit
Family Supports


The Respite Skills Trainer is an exciting new grant-funded position that works with a small group of individuals 1:3 in a community respite setting. The Respite Skills Trainer will assist children or adults with disabilities in cooking, playing games, and arts and crafts in a safe and secure environment. The program participants will have the opportunity to build skills, socialize, and have fun while their caregivers are relieved from their caregiving duties. The Respite Skills Trainer position currently is offering morning, afternoon and evening hours on Saturday’s, with opportunities for expanded weekend hours including overnights in 2024. This position is perfect for those who are eager to expand their skills while making difference in the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

Minimum Education Required

High School Diploma/GED


  • Implements meaningful and functional program activities in which individuals of all abilities can participate.
  • Ensure a safe and clean area for all participants.
  • Provides ADL care that may include: ambulating, meal preparation, feeding, toileting, dressing, and dressing.
  • Provides behavioral interventions to increase responsible behavior and reduce negative behaviors.
  • but not limited to small group and one-on-one interventions
  • Works side-by-side with individuals to prepare meals and clean up programming.
  • Develop positive relationships with families and provide support in maintaining safety for the individual.
  • Attend training, supervision, and staff meetings as assigned.
  • Ensure that individuals we support are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates’ Human Rights Policy
  • Perform all duties in accordance with the agency’s policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to all principles related to the Advocates Way.


  • Bachelors in a related field education or psychology OR at least years of human service experience in one of the following settings school, day program, or residential setting working with either individuals with complex behavioral or complex medical needs.  
  • Must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and ability to use good judgment.
  • Must have basic working computer knowledge, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the population.
  • Ability to as part of a team
  • High energy level, superior interpersonal skills, and ability to function in a team atmosphere.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license.  Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport consumers.


Advocates is committed to cultivating a diverse and welcoming community where everyone feels respected and valued. Advocates fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and promotes diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, partnered status, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience. 


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Why Should I Consider a Career in Human Services?

Our Team members are dedicated to engaging and empowering individuals by forming lasting relationships, collaboratively achieving personal goals, offering creative solutions to everyday and complex situations, and actively listening.  We exercise independent judgement and contribute to the overall success and benefit of the Team.


Is Human Services a Fit for Me?

Successful Team members are open-minded, eager and compassionate, and will exercise solid, independent judgement while fostering trustworthy relationships with the individuals that we serve.  We put the individual first.


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