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Residential Instructional Associate



Education:     Bachelor’s or A.A. Degree in Human Services field

Experience:   One year experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.



The Residential Instructional Associate is responsible to the participants in the residential program for individualized support and assistance.



  1. Assist participants to develop and maintain a warm living environment.

  2. Support participants to access community resources, maintain family relationships and develop friendships.

  3. Maintain regular communication with family members and establish an on-going partnership with each individual's family to implement goals and objectives established by the team.

  4. Facilitate the development of an appropriate Individual Plan for one individual by:

    • participating on the Interdisciplinary team and attending review meetings.

    • developing goals and objectives to be implemented in the residential program from the discussion and decisions of the team.

    • assisting the individual to develop a daily schedule of activities which incorporates the goals of the IP and reflects the interest and needs of the individual.

    • developing and implementing teaching programs to assist one individual to accomplish his/her goals.

    • collecting relevant data on targeted goals and objectives for individuals in the resi­dence.

    • compile relevant data to completes a monthly review of programs for one individual

    • complete relevant assessments as determined by the team for one individual.

  5. Coordinate services with behavioral, instructional, nursing, and other consultants

  6. Assist individuals to arrange for maintenance of the home as needed.

  7. Maintain weekly house budget.

  8. Assist individuals to arrange personal finances.

  9. Assist one individual to arrange personal appointments such as medical/dental or other service needs.

  10. Coordinate on a day to day basis with the MCPS program.

  11. Share on-call responsibility to provide coverage or crisis intervention if needed.

  12. Maintain confidential file for one individual.

  13. Perform any duties as assigned by the Associate Director.

  14. Adhere to agency Policies and Procedures, federal, state and local regulations and applicable standards promulgated by the Accreditation Council. The Residential Instructional Associate  reports directly to the Associate Director.


The Residential Instructional Associate reports directly to the Director of Residential Services.



  • Completion and demonstration of techniques taught in the Behavioral Principles and Strategies (BPS), Medication Technician and CPR/1st Aid trainings.

  • Successfully complete annual recertification of the BPS.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a driving record free of any moving violations for the past two (2) years.

  • Driver license, defensive driver training, must operate own vehicle and CSS vehicles as required



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. Must be able to bend, and lift up to 40 lbs. Employee must be able to effectively use non-adverse physical intervention strategies with individuals with autism of varying heights, weights and levels of physical strength according to the guidelines presented in Behavioral Principles and Strategies training.


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