Respite Worker (P/T)

Position Summary

Respite care is designed to provide caregivers with temporary relief while ensuring their loved one is cared for. Respite provides activities for any child, up until the age of 18, to enjoy time away from their home environment. The Respite Worker will be part of a team providing supervision, support, and social skills building for children between the ages of 5-18 who are struggling with serious emotional disturbance (SED). Varied flexible hours available.


  • Take part in activities that include providing supervision and recreational activities that match the youth’s developmental stage and continue to  maintain the participants health and safety.
  • Work within a team, providing supervision/engagement during recreational activities for SED children.
  • Maintains records in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with regulations.
  • Coordinates with other providers involved in the individual’s treatment. Attend required supervision, meetings, and trainings.
  • Work individually or in groups with children & adolescents to build skills, promote resilience and have fun.

General Responsibilities:

  • Attends workshops, conferences and staff development training seminars on current practices as directed by the Chief Executive Officer or Program Director to acquire continuing education in the appropriate field; implements what has been learned.
  • Maintains cooperative relationships with referent and community resources
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary team as well as independently
  • Undertakes related duties as assigned.

Administrative Relationships:

The Respite Worker reports directly to the Program Coordinator or designee and collaborates with other staff.


High School Diploma or equivalency, some college in related human services field preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to work after school evening hours, Saturday, and Sunday daytime hours. Experience with the SED population 2+ years preferred. Experience working with children in a recreational or educational setting strongly preferred. Ability to set boundaries and limits, to work collaboratively with others, and to communicate information clearly in a strength-based, sensitive way, both orally and in writing.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense and understanding in order to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problem solving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; climb two step ladders, use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 5 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.