Residential Specialist


The role of the Residential Specialist is to assist and supervise the residents/clients during treatment.


  • Be observant of changes in residents'/clients' functioning, informing clinical staff of observed changes and working with the clinical team to assist clients' progress in relapse prevention and coping skills. Synthesizes assessment information so that clearly stated, prioritized problems can be addressed by available services and resources.
  • Collaborate with residents/clients in their development of relapse prevention skills, which include cleaning, personal hygiene, community integration, behavioral management. Increasing relapse prevention and coping skills promotes self-reliance.
  • Monitor facility for maintenance issues. Notifying Lead Specialists or Supervisor of identified problems with the facility. Prompt notification ensures a safe environment for all residents and staff.
  • Monitor and document residents/clients self-administration of their medications. Monitoring results in improved adherence, symptom management and/or side-effect management.
  • Complete daily shift reports. In depth documentation promotes cohesiveness with other residential staff as well as clinical staff.
  • Responsible for the ongoing janitorial duties of the office, staff bathroom, and storage areas. Cleanliness ensures healthy learning environment.
  • Engage and support residents/clients as they deal with issues such as illness management, problem solving and goal attainment. Establishment of positive rapport encourages clients to progress towards self sufficiency.
  • Work to ensure the physical safety of all residents/clients by scheduling and coordinating monthly fire drills, and by being awake and available to residents/clients throughout all scheduled shifts. Client safety priority and promotes awareness of independent safety needs.


High School Diploma or GED. Must be at least 21 years of age. Must successfully complete the following within six (6) months of hire: CPR/First Aid Training and Crisis Prevention Intervention Training, and Universal Precautions for Communicable Diseases. 

Preferred knowledge of addiction and mental illness, at least one year of experience working with individuals with addiction.

Physical Demands: 

Ability to operate a motor vehicle; ability to hear ordinary conversations and phone communications.