Respite Worker

Respite Worker

Respite Worker

Program: New North Family Support/SCAN 360º Family Center        

Reports to: Director of Disability Services                                                           FLSA: NonExempt



SUMMARY:  Operating under the regulations and guidelines of the Department of Developmental Disabilities Family Support System, the Respite Worker will be responsible for providing respite to identified families and community integration opportunities for identified individual family members.



Provide respite care to identified families by:

  • Following an individual plan of care, provide training and support in identified areas: i.e. personal care, daily living skills, money management, and health and safety goals.
  • Candidate must be responsible, reliable, and patient
  • Must be a self-starter, creative, enthusiastic, and an effective communicator
  • Understand and implement Positive Behavioral Supports, work well with families and demonstrate good organizational skills. 
  • Be aware of and accommodate individual health care and safety needs,
  • Providing transportation to identified preferred activities for the assigned individual,
  • Knowledgeable in computers and their programs i.e.: Windows, Internet usage, etc.



This job has no supervisory responsibilities.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Have direct experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities & training in Positive Behavioral Support Interventions and ABA Therapeutic Interventions.



High School Diploma/GED or 2 years of experience in the Human services field, including experience working with families with children and/or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


 Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) and Bi-Cultural preferred.  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. 


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


 Flow of work and character of duties involve normal mental and visual attention much or all of the time.  Specific vision abilities required by this position includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Eye-hand coordination required less than 15% of the time.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms; stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, and/or kneel.The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Karmen Morales
Director of Human Resources/Personnel Services
New North Citizens’ Council, Inc. (NNCC)  
2455 Main Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01107-1907
(413) -747-0090 · (413) -746-4885 · Fax- (413) -737-2321
Make sure to email your resume to [email protected]

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