Posted on 05/22/2017

Resident Assistant

DuPage County Health Department - Wheaton, IL

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Job Description

Schedule:  Full-time, various shifts available (all shifts include rotating weekend coverage)

Base Salary:  $11.93 per hour, plus benefit package

Responsibilities include:             

•  Provides assistance to adult clients, with serious mental illnesses, in learning independent living skills, using various methods of role modeling and motivational interviewing, demonstrating and assisting with tasks such as making a shopping list, preparing meals or following recipe instructions

•  Provides education and direction on proper hygiene and grooming and demonstrates housekeeping skills

•  Monitors overall personal safety of residents including crisis intervention

•  Participates and encourages clients with individual and group recreational activities such as sewing, cooking and art

•  Monitors medication effectiveness and may observe clients taking medications

•  Assists in facilitating transportation including assisting clients in attending all scheduled appointments

•  Performs tasks related to maintaining environmental standards in residential facilities and vehicles

•  Maintains records, according to health department policies and assists in managing clients’ financial accounts

•  Maintains confidentiality of privileged information and adheres to client privacy laws

•  Participates in emergency activities as assigned

Job Requirements

Two years of experience in social services, health care, or the mental health field, or an equivalent combination of experience and/or training, including relevant higher education in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related health field.  Some skill in understanding the problems, needs, and motivations of mentally ill clients, and/or willingness to be trained in these skills.


Preferred candidate will have excellent communication skills; some knowledge of the policies and procedures of a residential program; working skill in using a personal computer and applicable software; working skill in performing clerical duties and operating related office equipment; some skill in the preparation of records. Must be able to occasionally lift or move up to 10 pounds. Must possess a valid State of Illinois Driver’s license and good driving record.  New employees must attend a week-long New Employee Orientation program on the first shift (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

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