Residential, full-time position in Rhinebeck, NY.
Includes room & board and health benefits.
A 1-2 year experience of providing leadership and service to others.
The Staff Assistant Experience is a residential transition-to-independence program for young adults 18-26 with learning differences, autism spectrum disorders, and/or ADHD. The Staff Assistant Experience direct service staff role is to work directly with program participants to help them gain the skills necessary to move on to college, employment, and/or independent living. This is a full-time, residential position involving shifts 5 days/week that could be from either 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. on weekdays and/or weekends.
- Use the Ramapo Approach and Ramapo’s Coaching Model to address young adults’ unmet needs and help participants improve lagging social, emotional, independent living, and job skills
- Help ensure the health and safety of program participants
- Steward participants through each day and evening by building positive relationships with participants, modeling appropriate behaviors, communicating clear expectations, holding Staff Assistants accountable for following program structures and routines, adapting activities and experiences for individual needs, and responding to issues which arise
- Teach appropriate social skills by initiating conversations and interactions and helping participants to engage in productive conversations and interactions with other community members during work experiences, meals, breaks, recreational activities, and “down time”
- Teach independent living skills through intentional role modeling of professional behaviors (punctuality, appropriate dress/appearance, following a schedule, time management, organization, etc.), providing 1:1 and small group coaching (helping young adults organize their rooms, do laundry, develop budgets, etc.), and developing individualized supports (such as checklists, visuals, written instructions)
- Facilitate workshops related to independent living skills
- Teach job skills by orienting Staff Assistants to tasks on campus (organic gardening, farm animal care, teambuilding retreats, food service, maintenance, housekeeping, sales/retail, clerical support, camp counseling/youth recreation, etc.) and at local volunteer sites (food pantries, libraries, animal shelters, etc.) and working alongside Staff
- Assistants to complete tasks accurately and in a timely manner
- Help organize, lead, and supervise on- and off-campus recreation activities and transport participants to off-campus activities or perform errands to obtain supplies/materials using a Ramapo vehicle.
- Provide supervision and support to young adults in Ramapo Post-SAE
- Program and Alumni Support Program
Experience with working with adolescents, young adults and/or people with disabilities
- Undergraduate degree in a related field
- Ability to live in residence on Ramapo’s Rhinebeck, NY campus
- Outstanding interpersonal (relationship-building) skills
- Excellent organizational and planning skills
- Ability to work independently with minimal support as well as work collaboratively with a team
- High degree of motivation and creativity
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
About the Staff Assistant Experience (SAE)
The Staff Assistant Experience (SAE) is a year-round, residential, transition-to-independence program for young adults with learning differences, ADHD, and/or non-verbal learning disorders and level 1 autism. The program offers participants (called “Staff Assistants”) the opportunity to practice skills in a communal setting that includes typically developing coworkers and peer role models. Participants share housing with Ramapo’s direct service staff on Ramapo’s Rhinebeck campus, work alongside program and support staff, and participate in off-campus vocational, educational, and recreational activities in order to improve and reinforce interpersonal, independent living, and job skills. Ramapo also offers two “next step” programs – the Post-Staff Assistant Experience and the Alumni Support Program – to provide faded support for SAE graduates who wish to continue living on campus or in Ramapo’s adjacent apartment complex.
About Ramapo for Children:
Through direct service youth programs and highly regarded training programs for adults, Ramapo has an impressive 98-year track record of working on behalf of young people, whose behaviors put them at risk of being relegated to the margins of their schools and communities. At the heart of Ramapo’s work is the conviction that all people – children and the adults who care for and nurture them – seek the same things: to be in community, to learn, feel valued, and experience success. Ramapo helps the adults in children’s lives, including educators and caregivers, see the behaviors they experience as challenging through the lens of meeting needs, developing skills and building community, and provides a set of tools for creating environments in which all children can experience success as they define it.
Ramapo’s programs include: The Staff Assistant Experience, a residential transition-to-independence program for young adults aged 18 to 25 with social, emotional, or learning challenges; Camp Ramapo, a residential summer camp in Rhinebeck, New York that serves over 550 children with a range of cognitive disabilities and behavioral challenges; Ramapo Retreats, short-term, adventure-based experiences for young people, educators, and community-based organizations, and; Ramapo Training, the component of the organization which brings the Ramapo approach to schools, youth service organizations and families through workshops, coaching and consultation.
To learn more about Ramapo for Children, visit: www.ramapoforchildren.org