Creative Identity Program Aide Job Description

JOB TITLE: Program Aide                                                    

WAGE: $19.800+ yearly ($12/hour with occasional opportunity for over-time)

STATUS: Part-time or full-time                      

ACCOUNTABILITY: Reports to Executive Director and Program Director

JOB SUMMARY: Program aide will assist instructors and therapists in classroom activities and coach participants (developmentally disabled adults) in non-core curriculum related life skills classes. Additional light maintenance and assistance to participants with personal hygiene care will be required at times.

Skills and educational requirements:

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

  • Must have the ability to perform all job duties as assigned in a timely and accurate manner

  • Ability to deal effectively with participant behavioral issues

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background check

  • Must have a High School diploma at the minimum-Higher education is well regarded

  • Experience with developmentally disabled population is desirable


  • Direct contact with participants, instructors, interns, administrators, and participant caseworkers

  • Some contact with participant family members/caregivers/support circles

  • Must be able to accept and implement directions from staff, and respond to participants and staff in a respectful manner at all times

Working conditions:

  • Program aide must have a vehicle for traveling to and from the program facility and participant events in the community

  • Must be able to meet flexible schedule and be open to all assignments

  • Must be available some weekends and evenings during the year to provide support to participants at community events such as craft fairs, participant outings, and participant performances

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance as needed and assigned by instructors in the classroom and in non-class times such as class transitions, lunch time, and participants waiting for their transportation home

  • Documentation of participant attendance, and participant progress notes

  • Monitor general supervision of participants

  • Encourage participant participation in classes and other program activities

  • Provide lunch time support to staff and participants ( program aide will have a half hour off-duty lunch time)

  • Assist participant with activities

  • Provide coaching and assistance in personal support issues: grooming, lunch preparation, minor behavioral management, and clean up from toileting accidents

  • Assist with the set-up and clean up of classes

  • Attend community outings and provide additional supervision and support

  • Instruction of non-core curriculum: physical health and basic life skills classes

  • Maintain staffing ratios

  • Light maintenance duties as assigned

  • Maintenance of facilities: kitchen, refrigerator, general program areas

  • Participation in participant concerts and special events: preparation, attendance, and clean up. Some weekends and week nights will be required to support participant events and activities

  • Contribute feedback to instructors/therapists on participant progress and related participant issues/observations in regards to participant safety and participant Individual Service Programs

  • Advocate for participants as needed and appropriate, and report health care issues to instructors, Program Director and Executive Director

  • Perform other duties as required and/or assigned, especially with regards to serving the needs of the participants