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Residential Life Associate (Full Time 4pm-12am)

  • Job Tracking ID: 512763-608687
  • Job Location: Paterson, NJ
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: February 13, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

General Summary: Provide supervision, support and direction to residential addiction treatment clients, while maintaining a safe, disciplined and caring

Environment on the unit and in all other venues in which clients are present.

Position Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Client Supervision and Support

  1. Provide direct supervision and support to clients on unit.
  2. Maintain high visibility in client areas to provide structure and supervision.
  3. Assist/supervise clients in maintaining the safety and cleanliness of the facility.
  4. Assist clients in attaining internal structure by strictly following established schedule.
  5. Know the names of all clients on the unit and their room assignments.
  6. Introduce self to all new clients on their first day on the unit and inform them of your role on the unit and the times you will be present.
  7. Complete rounds of unit every 30 minutes and ensure that all clients are accounted for.

8. Ensure a one (1) staff per twenty four (24) client ratio during waking hours and one (1) staff per thirty (30) during sleeping hours, and two staff members at all times.

Essential Job Duties

8. Have thorough knowledge of the contents of the Clients’ Handbook

9. Conduct searches of client’s person as per procedure for client searches

10. Conduct searches of clients’ rooms and personal property as per procedure for client room and personal property searches

  1. Follow Policy & Procedure for any client on shift who is discharged, voluntarily leaves the program prematurely, or is removed from the agency by the authorities
  2. Collect and secure belongings of any client who leaves the program
  3. Collect clients’ urines for testing in accordance with Policy & Procedure for

Clients’ Urine Screens

  1. Escort and monitor clients between Straight & Narrow units and/or facilities as required
  2. Transport, escort and monitor clients on appointments outside the agency as assigned
  3. Supervise in-house client visits when assigned
  4. Ensure all documentation is included in the client’s physical chart or Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  5. Know agency Policy and Procedures that related to your job
  6. Complete all required annual trainings
  7. Maintain CPR and First Aid Certification active
  8. Schedule Personal Time Off (PTO) in advance, at least 30 days via the Paylocity
  9. Ensure all client’s areas and common areas are cleaned and organized at all times
  10. Assist with housekeeping duties when applicable
  11. Provide clients with approved non-prescription medication when requested in accordance with Policy & Procedure for "Non-prescription Medication kept on the Units."
  12. Complete the Detox Training and Naltrexone training within 60 days

Documentation and Communication

  1. Document all movement (e.g., emergency room visits, outside meetings, in-house meetings, etc.) on Round’s Report.
  2. Report any significant events or individual client or group movement outside the agency to the On-Site Supervisor; leave messages regarding any significant events for other staff via voice mail
  3. Document major incidents on Shift Report (clients acting out behaviorally; medical emergency, reportable event; positive urines, or other suspicion and/or proof of drug or alcohol use; any major changes in clients’ scheduled activities)
  4. Complete Incident Reports for any unusual occurrences and submit to appropriate supervisors.
  5. Follow all Electronic Health Records (EHR) policies.

Shift Change and Workplace Practice Responsibilities

  1. Follow Dress Code Policy
  2. Remain on shift until your replacement arrives.
  1. Find an alternate staff member who would be willing to cover your responsibilities when you are not going to report to a scheduled shift. Submit name of alternate staff member to supervisor for approval before date out of the agency.
  2. Notify supervisor if unable to work your shift due to sickness or personal emergency at least six hours prior to shift and attempt to find a replacement for the shift, which must be approved by supervisor.
  3. Report to work, as usual, on any holidays that occur on a regularly scheduled workday.
  4. Review any and all Staff-to-staff Communication Logs filed since your last day of work prior to starting your shift and initial and date.
  5. Pass on keys and (where applicable) phones to incoming shift.
  6. Ensure to punch in and out as well for meal breaks via Hand Recognition Time Clocks.

Clinical Support

  1. Provide crisis counseling as necessary or make appropriate referral to SN counselor by calling or sending an e-mail.
  2. Provide groups and didactics to clients if assigned

General Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. When applicable, workweek will consist of five days per week with a minimum of eight hours work per day including 30 minutes for lunch and two 15 minute breaks. Follow Straight and Narrow policies.

  1. When applicable Punch in/out on the employee hand recognition time clock and ensure that all staff on unit follows this procedure.
  2. Notify supervisor, prior to shift if unable to work due to sickness or personal emergency.
  3. When applicable submit Employee Absence Report to supervisor on day of return to work after taking one or more sick day(s).
  4. Know and enforce Straight & Narrow’s Policies and Procedures.
  5. Ensure Policy and Procedure for Critical Incident Reporting is followed when indicated.
  6. Complete all Straight & Narrow’s annually required trainings for staff.
  7. Attend in-service and other trainings, staff meetings and supervision as scheduled.
  8. Attend all meetings of CQI subcommittees of which you are a member and actively participate.
  9. Take responsibility for keeping Personnel file updated with regard to filing any new degrees or certificates, getting immunizations/medical test as required and keeping any licenses and/or certificates current.
  10. Report any changes to your driving privileges to your supervisor and HR immediately
  11. Perform other tasks as necessary or as assigned by a member of Straight & Narrow’s Administration.

Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements:

  • Environment Demands and Exposures to Hazards:Normal work routine involves potential exposure to blood, tissues, body fluid, air/surface borne infections and chemicals. Must be familiar with Straight & Narrow’s "Infection Control Policy & Procedure". Must also attend agency’s annual training which provides information on "Infection Control Procedures".

Essential Physical/Mental Demands:

1. Physical Demands:

  • Must be ambulatory
  • Must have visual/hearing acuity

2. Mental Demands:

  • Must have verbal ability
  • Must be able to comprehend instructions
  • Must be able to write legibly
  • Must be able to comprehend/interpret charts, diagrams, possess inductive and deductive reasoning

3. Manual Dexterity Required:

  • Must possess dexterity, stand, sit, walk, lift and carry twenty pounds for short distances

American with Disabilities Act Statement:

External and internal applicants as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific function (listed within each job specific responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications:Associates Degree/30 credits towards a CADC/Recovery Specialist. Have CPR/First Aid certification or achieve CPR/First Aid certification within 30 days. Flexibility to work during any assigned schedule (schedules are subject to change as per unit’s needs/ requirements.) Must have a valid driver’s license from the state of residence and a clear driving record.


Medical, Dental, Vision benefits, Paid time off and Sick Time, 11 Paid Holidays, Retirement Savings Plan (403b), etc. 

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