Relief Direct Support Staff

Relief Direct Support - Residential Group Homes


Merrimack Valley: Amesbury, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury

North Shore: Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Middleton, Peabody, Salem, Topsfield

Full or Part Time (8 hours to 40 hours per week)


Provide daily living support for adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities adults in a casual, friendly, residential group home environment

Work FT or PT or as little as (8) hours per week

Teach, empower and encourage the individuals to be self-confident, reliant, and to make positive contributions to their communities

Provide support for bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and individual goals (some opportunities do not require personal hygiene care)

Assist with meal preparation, cleaning, laundry, and transportation to community activities, appointments and recreational outings, shopping, restaurants and other activities

Education/Experience Requirements

High school diploma (GED)or higher education

Valid driver’s license

Interest and/or experience working with adults with disabilities

Ability to follow behavioral support plans (in some programs)

Ability to speak, read, write and comprehend works assignments in English

Basic math skills for counting and recording money

Ability to perform moderate lifting, and frequent walking

How Do I Know if this Job is Right for Me?

Interest in growing and learning in a human service career

Obtain satisfaction from helping others and making a difference in their lives

Possess empathy, patience, and flexibility

Keen observation and active listening skills

Attention to detail and the ability to learn, follow and execute client plans and goals

Ability to work with others in a team environment

Critical thinking and problem solving skills

Able to arrive on time & maintain good attendance in a shift oriented work place


Physical Demands

Must have the physical ability to stand frequently during the day, engage in repeated stooping or bending at the waist

Ability to go up and down stairs several times during the shift

Ability to safely support, pivot, physically move or assist a person weighing up to 100+ lbs.(in some programs) during daily living activities, with or without assistance

Ability to physically ensure the safety of all individuals in the program by participating in established behavioral interventions, as required

Ability to drive 4-6 passenger van for transportation (after training) of individuals to day programs, community activities and other engagements, as required