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Advocates Respite Shift Leader in Ashland, Massachusetts


Starting Rate: $30/hour

The Respite Shift Leader is a temporary positon until 3/31/2025.

The Respite Shift Leader is responsible for planning activities for individuals and small groups at our Respite Options Weekend Clubhouse, which is drop off respite programming. The Shift Lead provides 1:1 or 2:1 support to individuals living with behavioral and/or physical disabilities that require behavioral redirection and/or assistance with daily living skills such as toileting, ambulation, and changing. The focus is to promote opportunities for individuals to interact with one another whether by initiating activities with peers, making a simple snack, cleaning up after activities or just having friendly encounters while trying to engage the individuals’ interests. The respite program activities may include arts and crafts, exercise, games, music, reading. The goal of the Respite Shift Leader is to work with the individuals and the staff onsite to ensure that the program provides a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment for attendees and families.

Minimum Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Additional Shift Details

0-19 hours per week depending on the needs of the program


  1. Plan and implement program activities that will foster individual’s growth, address goals, and apply developed skills both in the home and in the community.

  2. Teach daily living skills such as safety rules, travel training, cooking, and social skills.

  3. Provides support to individuals in daily, personal, and social contexts.

  4. Provides support to staff in implementing the programs.

  5. Develop positive relationships with families and provide support implementing the goals for individual.

  6. Attend training, supervisions and staff meetings as assigned.

  7. Mentor and support staff onsite, including supporting staff with behavioral needs of participants.

  8. Ensure that individuals we support are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates’ Human Rights Policy

  9. Perform all duties in accordance with the agency’s policies and procedures.

  10. Adhere to all principles related to the Advocates Way.

Please note: The essential functions listed in this section are not limited only to the tasks listed and may include other duties as assigned.


  1. Master’s Degree in a related field such as education or psychology and/or at least four years of relevant experience in working on skills development with individuals with developmental disabilities.

  2. Experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis preferred but not required.

  3. Experience developing, writing, implementing, and evaluating individual behavioral programs.

  4. Strongly prefer that a candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving culturally diverse populations.

  5. Must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  6. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and ability to use good judgment.

  7. Must have basic working computer knowledge, including Microsoft Word and Excel

  8. Sensitivity to the needs of the population.

  9. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  10. High energy level, superior interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere.

  11. Must hold a valid drivers’ 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.

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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Job Locations US-MA-Ashland

Minimum Education Required Bachelor's Degree

Job ID 2024-10506

Organization Advocates

Type Relief

Number of Hours Per Week 0-19

Business Unit Family Supports