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Advocates Assistant Program Director in North Reading, Massachusetts


Starting Rate: $21.50/hour

The Assistant Program Director is responsible for the supervision of evening and weekend shifts. They serve as the point person for residents and Direct Care Staff while on shift. The Assistant Program Director is responsible for assisting with the schedules, appointments and activities of the program participants as well as the daily operations of the house under the supervision of the Program Director. The Assistant Program Director will participate in the daily care of the residents and coordinate with Direct Care Staff as it pertains to resident documentation and paperwork.

Minimum Education Required

High School Diploma/GED

Additional Shift Details

Tuesday-Saturday: 3-11p

With an optional 1st shift for Saturday


  • Work with program participants to identify goals and objectives; assist with writing service plans and ensure implementation and follow through.

  • Oversee program participants’ safety and fire safety procedures to include: fire drills, training of staff and residents, oversight of Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) and Emergency Evacuation Plan.

  • Assist with staff scheduling to ensure program coverage and budgetary compliance.

  • Responsible for supervising all shift activities.

  • Participates actively in-service planning meetings and development of individualized goals.

  • Ensures that service goals are implemented and followed (with team support).

  • Assists program participants with functional skills training to assist them to increase independence in areas related to directing support, healthcare management, emergency management, and Activities of Daily Living.

  • Meets with each program participant a minimum of once monthly to check call devices and review emergency procedures.

  • Supports with program and individual recreation.

  • Documents program participant’s safety checks, progress and challenges monthly.

  • Assists program participants with taking medications and with community living skills.

  • Actively participates in program participant, family, team and staff meetings.

  • Reports changes in program participant’s status or behavior to the Residential Program Nurse and/or Residential Program Director.

  • Completes all documentation and Incident Reports, in accordance with funder requirements and Agency/program established deadlines.

  • Maintains confidentiality with all facility and program participant information as required by HIPAA, Advocates, Inc., and program policies.

  • Attends and actively participates in supervision and staff meetings.

  • Attends assigned trainings and maintain necessary certifications and licenses (CPR/First Aid, Safety Care, MAP etc).

  • Ensures that individuals we support are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates’ Human Rights policy and the Advocates Way philosophy

  • Drives residents in Advocates vehicles, including wheelchair lift-equipped vans as well as in personal vehicle.

Please note: The essential functions listed in this section are not limited only to the tasks listed and may include other duties as assigned.

Advocates is committed to cultivating a diverse and welcoming community where everyone feels respected and valued. Advocates fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and promotes diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, partnered status, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience.


  • Associates degree in human services or 1 year experience in related field.

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, plan and complete tasks independently.

  • Strongly prefer that a candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving culturally diverse populations.

  • Ability to understand, speak, read and write fluent English.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong computer knowledge. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

  • Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport individuals. Ability to operate agency vehicles.

  • Must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

Physical Demands:

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

General requirements:

  • Full upper extremity range of motion

  • Full lower extremity range of motion

  • Must be able to lift furniture and/or objects/persons weighing over 50 lbs.

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Job Locations US-MA-North Reading

Minimum Education Required High School Diploma/GED

Job ID 2023-9876

Organization Advocates

Type Regular Full-Time

Number of Hours Per Week 40

Business Unit Brain Injury