• Residential Counselor (Direct Care)

    Job Locations US-MA-Holden
    Posted Date 8 months ago(1/7/2019 5:33 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Direct Care
    Sat & Sun 9a-3p; Mon & Tues 3p-9p
    Minimum Pay Rate
    USD $14.00/Hr.
    Maximum Pay Rate
    USD $14.00/Hr.
    Postal Code
  • Overview

    24 HOURS - Schedule: Sat & Sun 9a-3p; Mon & Tues 3p-9p


    Here at BAMSI, we recognize that our employees are our greatest resource! Are you ready to make a difference? Become a BAMSI believer!


    We are looking for compassionate and engergetic people to provide support in our community based group homes for adults with developmental disabilities in a comfortable home setting. The dedicated staff members provide support in the areas including, but not limited to personal finance, van transportation, assistance with activities of daily living , and helping individuals achieve their ISP goals! Persons served are also encouraged to become active members of their communities including engaging in employment, volunteer activities as well as social and recreational activities.


    Must have a high school diploma/GED, valid driver's license in state of residence and a desire to provide direct care and support. 


    BAMSI is a private, non-profit culturally diverse human services organization providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs. We at BAMSI believe that those we serve are capable of amazing things and deserve our best.  We support them in their journeys and celebrate their accomplishments along the way.


    We strive to offer valuable benefits that promote a healthy work/life balance and add value to our employees’ lives. Our comprehensive benefits include:

    • Generous Time Off Package
    • Highly Specialized Paid Trainings
    • Health and Dental Insurance
    • Life, Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance
    • 403B plan with discretionary match
    • Wellness Activities
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Career Development Opportunities

    *Available benefits are based on position and scheduled hours.


    *This position is union represented by a bargaining unit of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. (AFSME).


    Essential Functions: To assist disabled and/or brain injured adults living in supervised residential settings in order to ensure their safety and well-being in a manner that promotes growth, independence and dignity.




    Direct Care

    1. Assist individuals to complete personal care tasks, which include, but are not limited to: toileting, showering/bathing, grooming, personal hygiene, assisting with mobility, repositioning, dressing, and range of motion exercises.

    2. Support individuals in the completion of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) tasks, which include but are not limited to: cooking, cleaning, general maintenance, shopping and money management.

    3. Utilize Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) practices, to create a thoughtful and supportive environment by ensuring activities, plans, and routines reflect the preferences, needs and goals of individuals.

    4. Follow the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Medication Administration Program (MAP) policies, which include, but are not limited to: training requirements, medication administration, medication security, and corresponding documentation.,

    5. Ensure individuals’ nutritional needs are met according to prescribed diet. Assist with feeding as necessary.

    6. Use supportive and adaptive, health-related protections/equipment as prescribed. Clean equipment as directed.

    7. Learn and utilize communication tools which include but are not limited to email, tablets, letter boards, etc.) taking into consideration the method most suited to individual needs.

    8. Assist individuals with planning and implementing community based activities and group activities within the home.

    9. Create opportunities to teach and support financial and safety skills. Encourage skill building to promote increased independence.

    10. Assist in the development and implementation of Individual Service Plans (ISP’s) including implementation of behavioral plans and medication treatment plans.

    11. Assist individuals with maintaining the cleanliness and neatness of indoor and outdoor areas.

    12. Transport individuals served to and from day programs, medical appointments and other activities as required. maintains a valid driver’s license in primary state of residence and follows the requirements of BAMSI Safe Driver Policy PE-48-12.

    13. Using approved techniques and only as necessary, restrains individuals to prevent injury to themselves and others.. Communication, Documentation & Teamwork

    14. Follow funder and agency protocol for reporting alleged abuse and/or neglect.

    15. Record data by the conclusion of each shift. Documentation requirements include, but are not limited to: financial audits, medication records, ISP data, behavior data, and behavior tracking.

    16. Facilitate and document fire drills as instructed by the Program Manager or designee, and the program’s Safety Plan.

    17. Fulfill case management responsibilities as assigned by program manager, including those related to medical and legal concerns.

    18. Ensure client safety and compliance with program standards for staff coverage, including assistance to the Administrator-On-Call whenever possible.

    19. Maintain knowledge of ongoing program issues and developments as well as informing supervisor of program issues and concerns.

    20. Communicate in a professional and respectful manner.

    21. Work in other residential programs when needed. May work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

    22. Assist with training employees new to the program.

    23. Treat all individuals, employees, and visitors with respect and dignity.

    24. Attend and participate in monthly staff meetings.


    25. Follow funder regulations and adhere to all BAMSI policies.

    26. Understand and utilize universal/standard precautions and instruction on how to stay safe in areas that constitute risk.

    27. Complete all other duties as requested.


    • High school diploma or equivalency, Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred.

    • Previous experience working with individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities preferred.

    • Ability to record data using a computer, enter time worked into an electronic system and receive and send email required.

    • A valid driver's license in state of residence and satisfactory driving record.

    • Ability to comprehend materials related to medication administration, ISP’s, PBS and ADL programs.

    • Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately in order to keep documentation up to date and understandable.

    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with persons served, families, service providers and case managers.

    • Ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 pounds.

    • Ability to reach, bend, stand, sit and walk; perform fine motor activities.

    • Work effectively in a moderate to occasionally loud work environment.


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