Owensboro, KY

Wendell Foster, a non-profit disabilities service provider in Owensboro, Kentucky has an opening for a Residential Training Advocate in the Intermediate Care Facility.


The Residential Training Advocate promotes quality of each Individual’s life through program planning and implementation; ensuring quality of services; and implementing those self-help, activities of daily living (ADL), and socialization programs as outlined in each person’s Individualized Service Plan (ISP). To also serve as on-the-job trainer to assigned new employees during their orientation period, socializing them to the work environment and serving as a role model in the successful performance of Residential Training Advocate duties, as well as retraining these DSPs as needed.


The Residential Training Advocate supports the mission of WF by understanding the interests, likes and dislikes, aspirations, and needs of the individuals he/she supports, offering opportunities for learning and new experiences, and developing creative ideas for implementing their goals and plans. Residential Training Advocate empowers individuals to realize their fullest potential through support, encouragement, and respect.


Education and Experience:

  • Must have high school diploma or the equivalent. Significant progress towards advanced degree, Associates Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Completed or currently undergoing Person-Centered Thinking introductory and Coaches training, preferred.
  • Ability to drive the organization vehicles, including valid driver’s license and insurable driving record.
  • Minimum of 6 months experience as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), with a preference towards experience with those individuals within the teams they will be supporting.
  • Preferred involvement in the Career Development Program

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work well with others and effectively communicate.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to organize, plan and implement programs, services and activities.
  • Basic computer word processing skills and ability to learn windows-based software.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to ensure safety and person-centered care.
  • Possess or be able to possess first aid and CPR certifications (training provided).
  • Knowledge of WF pool safety and support guidelines
  • Ability to motivate and empower DSP staff while holding them accountable for standards of support and care of the individuals.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations in calm, professional manner, using critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to keep team focused on the individual and needed supports.

Wendell Foster offers a variety of benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, supplemental insurances, retirement contributions, paid holidays, and paid time off. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Wendell Foster is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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