Resident Assistant Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

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Resident Assistant job title

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  • Resident Assistant
  • Resident Assistant (4+ Years’ Experience)
  • Resident Assistant (CNA)
  • Resident Assistant (Part-Time)
  • Resident Care Partner
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Example 1

****To be considered, you must include your personal email address on your resume**** *About Us* [website] is a non-profit organization, offering programs & services throughout Manitoba which support over [phone number]children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism, and their families. We are committed to delivering person and family centered supports through individualized programs and services. [website] is guided by its core values of Collaboration, Hospitality, Excellence and Respect. *Visit [website] online at **[website]* Position Summary: ** The Resident Assistant is responsible for the provision of individualized personal care and developmental supports to individuals in a variety of settings, including interactions with families, staff and volunteers. The Resident Assistant supports individuals in ways that maximizes each person's well-being, functioning, and quality of life. The Resident Assistant provides services which: * Facilitates inclusion in meaningful life experiences. * Promotes the most comfortable and least restrictive living environment possible. * Supports the development of maximum personal independence. The Resident Assistant participates in the development of individual care and development plans, and is responsible for advising the Nursing team of changes in an individuals status which may require attention or specialists. This position reports to a Resident Care Manager. *Qualifications: * * A minimum education of Grade XII diploma (or G.E.D.) is preferred. * Health Care Aide certificate, or equivalent is preferred. * Previous experience supporting individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities is an asset. * Previous experience working in an interdisciplinary setting is an asset. * Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. * Current First Aid and CPR certification is an asset. * Current Non-violent Crises Intervention is an asset In order to be eligible for a vacant position, an employee must first possess the qualifications prescribed by the Employer for the position concerned, possess a satisfactory employment record and meet the physical requirements of the position in question. Where more than one employee possesses the above selection criteria, the vacancy selection shall be based upon seniority. The above information is intended to describe the general nature of this position and is not considered to be a complete statement of duties and responsibilities. Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned provided they are consistent with the qualifications identified and fall within the parameters of this role. As a condition of employment, successful candidates will be required to provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening, Adult Abuse Registry Check, Child Abuse Registry Check and Prior Contact Check. [website] is a bilingual organization. Proficiency in both official languages would be considered an asset. As a Condition of Employment, new hires must complete a series of Occupational Health checks. This includes the requirement to confirm immunization or immunity of specific communicable diseases. Successful applicants will also be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to start date. [website] supports equitable employment practices and promotes an inclusive workforce representative of the people we support including diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, and identities. Applicants can request reasonable accommodations in all aspects of the selection and hiring process. We thank all applicants, but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. *Note: * All of these positions are term positions, most are indefinite, meaning they could end with 24 hours' notice. Job Types: Part-time, Temporary Salary: $18.27-$21.17 per hour Benefits: * Dental care * Disability insurance * Employee assistance program * Extended health care * Life insurance * On-site childcare * On-site parking * Vision care Schedule: * Holidays * Monday to Friday * Weekend availability Education: * Secondary School (preferred) * Manitoba Health Care Aide Certificate (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Example 2

*Resident Assistant - WITH A FOCUS ON IPAC (Infection Prevention AND Contorl)* Southlake Residential Care Village is looking for caring and compassionate individuals to become a part of our team and join our mission to provide wholehearted care because family is everything! Reporting to the Director of Care and under the direction of the Registered Staff the Resident Assistant is responsible for assisting the nursing staff in tasks that require no hands-on care of the Resident. The majority of this role will focus on assisting with IPAC initiatives such as audits, education and other. *Responsibilities*
  • Transport Resident to onsite programming, dining room, and internal appointments; accommodates Residents’ right to choose.
  • Performs tasks such as cleaning spills; making beds and changing linens; maintain a clean, tidy and safe environment in the Home including the Resident’s room; labeling of personal grooming items; putting away personal laundry and regularly organizing Residents closets and drawers.
  • Assists with nutrition and feeding, including but not limited to distributing clothing protectors for mealtimes; clearing dishes after meals; assisting with the feeding of Residents through encouragement and coaching.
  • Assist Residents with hand washing before and after meals.
  • Provides 1:1 Resident support
  • Answer call bells and communicate Residents’ concerns to staff
  • Collaborates with Residents, families, and team members to maintain a positive, supportive and safe environment for all
  • Participates in Quality Improvement activities and advocates for the individual needs and preferences.
  • Communicates positively with other staff, residents, and families
  • Demonstrates empathy, concern, and interest in providing quality care and service to Residents. *
  • Grade 12 Diploma
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in working with a population of older adults
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to client-centered care
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team *Conditions OF Employment*
  • Must have a completed Vulnerable Sector Check (within 6 months)
  • Current 2 step TB skin test (within a year). Please note, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Part-time hours: 30-37.5 per week Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary Salary: From $15.50 per hour Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Weekend availability Application question(s): * Are you willing to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) (valid within 6 months) or TB test within [phone number][phone number]? Work remotely: * No
  • Resident Assistant job summary

    A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

    Example of a Resident Assistant job summary

    We operate a 90-unit senior residential living facility that is dedicated to helping our residents live the fullest, most active lives possible. We offer several levels of care, including those for patients with memory disorders. We’re currently seeking an experienced Resident Assistant to join our staff. The successful candidate will look forward to the opportunity to engage with our residents and see to their every need. We’re looking for a motivated individual who can take initiative in creating new programs for our residents and work cooperatively with the rest of our staff to ensure all residents receive proper care.

    Resident Assistant responsibilities and duties

    The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

    • Provide our residents with assistance as they accomplish daily tasks, including bathing, eating, dressing, grooming and using the restroom
    • Maintain all care records in accordance with company policy and audit care records weekly to ensure accuracy
    • Communicate any problems, concerns or issues to residents’ family members as needed
    • Ensure all patients take medications as directed by health care providers
    • Build rapport with residents by establishing personal connections and showing interest in their lives
    • Respond to any safety or medical issues
    • Lead daily group and individual activities for entertainment

    Resident Assistant qualifications and skills

    Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

    • High school diploma/GED required
    • 2+ years’ experience working in a residential care facility
    • CNA certification a plus
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with both residents and staff
    • Previous nursing experience an asset
    • Current and valid driver’s licence required
    • Food Handlers Permit (or willingness to obtain one) required
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