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