Respite Center Direct Support Staff

Respite Center Direct Support Staff provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities that require protective oversight, behavioral support, or assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) and certain independent activities of daily living (IADL). Community Living’s Respite Center is only open on weekends (Fridays starting at 4 p.m. through 5 p.m. Sunday).

Starting Wage: $10.50


  • Must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED
  • Minimum of 6 months experience in MR/DD field
  • Good communication and written document skills
  • Must meet perquisites for employment


  • Pre-employment drug test
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Driver’s license, proof of insurance and an exceptional driving record must be maintained. Those over 21 years of age must be able to drive a large van – take and pass the defensive driving course.
  • Division of Aging Employee Disqualification List Check


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to accomplish each essential job duty at a satisfactorily level, with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Provide general supervision and protective oversight to the participants of the Respite Center.
  • Provide assistance with ADL’s such as bathing, toileting, transfer and ambulation, skin care, grooming, dressing, extension of therapies and exercise, care of adaptive equipment, meal preparation, feeding and incidental household activities.
  • Provide assistance with IADL’s to include social interaction, recreation and leisure activities at the Center. Assistance includes accompaniment, coaching, and minor problem solving necessary to achieve increased independence and productivity.
  • Assists Respite Coordinator or Lead Staff with implementing individual and group activities.
  • Regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Follows instructions and responds to management direction.
  • Complete all required training and maintain current certifications. (New hires will have up to 90 days to complete required training.)
  • Ensure the safety and welfare of all participants.
  • Transport clients safely.
  • Complete all job duties with minimal supervision, keeping the best interests of the client in mind.
  • Ability to use resources effectively.
  • Ability to anticipate and meet client’s needs.
  • Assist with participation in community activities and modify activities as needed.
  • Becomes familiar with individual’s program plan. Performs activities outlined on program plan to achieve the goals and expectations identified by the parents/program coordinator. Maintains discipline and order in a manner agreeable with parents, and agency directives, as well as with the individual’s program plan. Uses positive reinforcement and refrain from negative remarks, cursing, derogatory verbal or physical behaviors when redirecting individual’s program plan.
  • Follows agency policies regarding the reporting and documentation of all incidents and/or injuries to participants and staff. Fill out maintenance reports for any equipment or part of the building that is damaged.
  • Assists individuals with activities of daily living such as feeding, toileting, personal hygiene and changing clothes.
  • Preparing snacks/meals. Incorporate assistance of individuals as often as possible in order to teach life skills related to cooking. Allows individuals to prepare, serve, and clean-up snacks as part of daily routine. Serves food (or feeds) individuals who have no or limited self-feeding skills. Is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, as well as any other recreational rooms that may be used.
  • Pass medication without error.
  • In case of emergency, requiring medical care, 911 should be called and an ambulance should be summoned.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrate empathy and be able to identify with and care about others.
  • Demonstrate good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Effectively communicate with clients, parents, staff and management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn and apply new skills.
  • Work effectively and productively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate good organizational skills, decision making skills, self control, and written skills.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adapt to changes.
  • Ability to use sound, mature judgment regarding safety of participants and need of emergency response.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information as it relates to clients and staff.
  • Basic mathematical skills and the ability to read and write to adequately complete job responsibilities.
  • Ability to identify problems in a timely manner as well as resolve those problems as quickly as possible.


  • Assist clients with mobility.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Assist and maneuver participants while transferring positions.
  • Assist clients into and out of vehicles.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran