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Advocates Intensive Skills Trainer I in Massachusetts


Starting at $25-$35/hour,

The Skills Trainer I works in a 1:1 setting assisting an individual with developmental disabilities in participating in normative home and community-based activities. The goal of the skills trainer is to work with the individual to increase their daily, independent, and community living skills. This may include supporting and teaching: job coaching, assistance in maintaining consistent routines, personal hygiene tasks, meal preparation, chores, money management, and community activities such as learning to use the library, making a purchase at a store,swimming or using a gym

Minimum Education Required

Bachelor's Degree


  • Implement program activities that will foster individual’s growth, address goals, and apply developed skills both in the home and in the community.

  • Teach daily living skills such as safety rules, travel training, banking, cooking, shopping, budgeting, social skills, etc.

  • Provide support to individual in daily, personal, and social contexts.

  • Develop positive relationships with families and provide support implementing the goals for the individual served.

  • Attend trainings, supervisions and staff meetings as assigned.

  • Ensure that individuals we support are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with Advocates’ Human Rights Policy

  • Perform all duties in accordance with the agency’s policies and procedures.

  • Adhere to all principles related to the Advocates Way.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field such as special education or psychology and at least two years of relevant experience in working on skills development with individuals with developmental disabilities and a minimum of three years working with individuals with developmental disabilities in community settings.

  • Must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and ability to use good judgment.

  • Must have basic working computer knowledge, including Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Sensitivity to the needs of the population supported.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • High energy level, superior interpersonal skills and ability to function in a team atmosphere.

  • Must hold a valid drivers’ license. Must have access to an operational and insured vehicle and be willing to use it to transport individuals served.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving culturally diverse populations

Advocates is committed to cultivating a diverse and welcoming community where everyone feels respected and valued. Advocates fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and promotes diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, partnered status, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience.

Why Should I Consider a Career in Human Services?

Our Team members are dedicated to engaging and empowering individuals by forming lasting relationships, collaboratively achieving personal goals, offering creative solutions to everyday and complex situations, and actively listening . We exercise independent judgement and contribute to the overall success and benefit of the Team.

Is Human Services a Fit for Me?

Successful Team members are open-minded, eager and compassionate, and will exercise solid, independent judgement while fostering trustworthy relationships with the individuals that we serve. We put the individual first.

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Job Locations US-MA

Minimum Education Required Bachelor's Degree

Job ID 2024-9956

Organization Advocates

Type Relief

Number of Hours Per Week 0-10

Business Unit Family Supports