Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston
  • CHAI Services - Residential Programs
  • Brighton / Newton, MA, USA
  • 18
  • Hourly
  • Full Time & Part Time
  • We regret that we cannot take phone calls regarding this position. JF&CS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

- Are you a compassionate, organized, and enthusiastic professional committed to social justice and equity for people of all abilities?

- Do you want to join a supportive and thoughtfully-managed community that offers competitive benefits, meaningful experience, and unparalleled opportunities for professional development?  

- This position is great for someone with relevant work, volunteer, or lived experience as a caregiver, OR who is eager to enter the field and learn. NO experience needed, we will train you!

The Residential Specialist/Direct Care works with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and psychiatric needs in community residential settings. Residential Specialist/Direct Care supports residents' health and safety, community integration, and independence.



  • $18/hr salary
  • In-person shifts at Brighton and Newton locations
  • Part-time and full-time shift schedules available
    • $1,000 sign-on bonus for FULL-TIME, 30+ hour hires
  • Best-in field paid time off, including up to 30 days PTO, (36 days after year 1)
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Immediate eligibility for medical insurance, dental, vision, retirement plan; no waiting period 

Responsibilities of the Residential Specialist/Direct Care

  • Teach and support independent living skills including: personal care/hygiene, nutrition and food preparation, communication, social events and community celebrations, facilitating friendships, and more
  • Promote health including taking clients' to medical appointments, monitoring symptoms, administering medication, and following medical protocols
  • Learn and apply redirection, conflict resolution, and verbal de-escalation methods, when needed 
  • Document daily activities and progress on goals

Requirements of the Residential Specialist/Direct Care

  • Positive attitude and enthusiastic about working with adults with disabilities 
  • A collaborative colleague eager to join a supportive and engaged team
  • Strong interpersonal skills, an empathetic listener, and comfortable around clients with different needs and ability levels
  • Flexible and adaptive to clients' day-to-day needs, using good judgment skills
  • A clear verbal and written communicator and able to write daily notes
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to pass CPR, Basic First Aid, and Medication Administration Program certification requirements
  • Ability to pass a national background check
  • A valid driver's license

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.



For more than 150 years, Jewish Family & Children's Service has been helping individuals and families build a strong foundation for resilience and well-being. We intentionally serve and employ people of ALL faiths, backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.

Our work is guided by core tenets of faith and commitment not by bureaucratic processes or a desire to maximize profits. Our goal is to improve lives and improve the world which is part of what makes JF&CS a special place.

We have a strong culture of professional development, work-life balance, and promoting from within.

JF&CS is an equal opportunity employer who serves and employs people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly values diversity, equity and inclusion. Employment opportunities are available to all without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability.

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