Kirkwood Community College

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Assistant Counselor/Aide

, Iowa

Internship Length: 45 hrs
Office Hours: 8-5



  • At minimum, currently in High School and be at least 16 years of age
  • Some experience working with persons who have developmental disabilities is preferred
  • Education, experience and/or interests in crafts, recreational and other related activities
  • Must be free of communicable disease
  • Ability to work with families, agency professionals, and direct service providers
  • Meet and maintain volunteer eligibility established by funding agencies as determined by checks of the:  Central Child and Adult Abuse Registries, Criminal History Check, and Traffic/Safety Record Check (Local and National Registries) and DHS Volunteer Statements




  • This position requires the Arts & Crafts/Assistant Counselor Aide to help in assuring the well being of the consumer by providing direct supervision and care
  • The Arts & Crafts/Assistant Counselor Aide is responsible for assisting in coordinating and leading arts & craft activities as well as other recreational activities.

·         Responsible for creating a positive, safe environment

  • Responsible for engaging consumers in activities of interest,  providing positive reinforcement, and role modeling appropriate behavior
  • The program runs for 32 child contact days and has a number of training days prior to the start of the program.  Staff works Monday through Friday (June-July), hours are flexible and will be scheduled with the Program Coordinator; the only exception to the regularly scheduled hours is during training week.  This position is part time and requires a commitment to the entire 8 weeks of employment.
  • Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch and reach overhead
  • Ability to use effective verbal, written or other communication means
    • Maintain consumer health status by safely and thoroughly assisting in carrying out health procedures, such as tube feedings, toileting, seizure, first aid, medication dispensation etc.
  • ·         Report any incident or signs of abuse and/or neglect per procedure



    ·         Maintain consumer confidence and protect the agency by keeping information confidential

    • Provide information to families who have individuals with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities.  This would include families who are not currently involved with The Arc

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