Berkshire Hills Music Academy
SOUTH HADLEY, MA 01075
|Salary Range:||Location:||To Commensurate With Experience||SOUTH HADLEY MA|
|Job Type:||Category:||Full / Part Time||Human Services|
|Education Level:||Work Experience:|
|High School or Equivalent|
Up to One Year
Preference: Nice to have
CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration Program (MAP) - Preference: Nice to have|
|Berkshire Hills Music Academy (BHMA), a residential and day program serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities has an immediate opening for both Day and Overnight Residential Assistant. Under the supervision of the Director of Residential Services with assistance from Advisors, Clinician, and Nurse, supports individuals at BHMA learn a wide variety of life skills so that they may continuously develop increased independence. The Residential Assistant is responsible for upholding the Student Handbook and policies of BHMA.|
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION
Assists individuals in promoting independence
Assists individuals in upholding the rules of the schools including appropriate attire choices
Modeling and mentoring appropriate social skills
Assist individuals with learning social relationships, such as problem solving, peer counseling, appropriate social skills, using the circles curriculum and social skills lessons
Assist individuals with learning personal hygiene and grooming routines, including showering, shaving, teeth brushing, etc.
Assist individuals with learning laundry life skills by using the life skills program
Assist individuals with learning room maintenance, such as proper cleaning skills, identifying and using cleaning tools and products, etc.
Assist individuals with learning community awareness/access, such as assisting with utilizing public transportation, planning community leisure activities, utilizing local business/vendors, etc.
Assist individuals on planning individualized daily and weekly schedules
Document progress of individuals towards their goals related to residential services
Support individuals with daily activities as assigned by Residential Advisor
Communicate with other staff with Best Notes
If certified in MAP, administer medication as needed
Attend student and staff meetings as needed
Provide transportation of students as needed (BHMA own Vehicles)
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Attend mandatory staff trainings
Complete employee evaluation
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
High School Diploma minimum, Bachelor degree in Human Service or related field preferred
Experience with and sensitivity to individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities
Experience working within a residential setting preferred.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Computer skills, especially word processing
Effective judgment and decision-making skills.
Able to learn and implement a task analysis and least prompt system.
Certified in or able to obtain State of Massachusetts Medication Administration Program (MAP) certification, CPR, First Aid, and other certification requirements as mandated by Berkshire Hills Music Academy and its associated agencies
Obtain/Maintain in-service requirements as mandated by Berkshire Hills Music Academy and its associated agencies
Work independently and as a member of a team.
Able to adapt to flexible nature of the position.
Maintain positive work attitude.
Excellent communication and observation skills.
Valid driver’s license
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF POSITON
Ability to sit for extended periods of time
Ability to stand for extended periods of time
Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds
Experience working with or a sensitivity to persons with disabilities: 1 year