Job Title:  CNA/Instructor
Department:  Activity Center
Reports To:  Administrator of Day Services
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt


The CNA/Instructor position involves instructing, training, and supervising consumers on site and during community-based activities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Instructs, trains, and supervises consumers on site and during community-based activities to enable them to accomplish the goals identified on their ISP service plans and to achieve their full potential for learning and practicing independent living skills at home and in the community.
  2. Uses lesson plans, discussions, activities and outings to teach independent living skills using a ratio of one instructor per four consumers (1:4).
  3. Contributes new ideas, activities, and discussion topics to existing lesson plans in order to richen the consumers’ learning experience.
  4. Implements relevant sections of the consumer’s ISP and the appropriate evaluation.
  5. Reports objective observations of consumers’ strengths, abilities, challenges, behavior, preferences, and progress in achieving ISP goals and independent living skill competencies to Activity Center Counselor and carries out behavioral interventions and strategies recommended by the Counselor.
  6. Maintains accurate daily records including, but not limited to, consumer attendance and participation in classroom and community activities.
  7. Reports, documents, and maintains records of all consumer incidents, accidents, and seizures. Maintains confidentiality of all consumer information.
  8. Reports all suspected cases of consumer physical abuse, verbal abuse, or neglect as mandated by law to the Program Administrator or Activity Center Counselor.
  9. Arranges and provides two (possibly more) community visits each week for each consumer.
  10. Assists consumers in wheelchairs transfer to /from toilet as needed.
  11. Changes and cleans consumers who have had a toileting accident.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Maintains a clean, safe orderly room according to the rules and safety standards of the facility.
  2. Attends all required meetings.
  3. Believes in and supports the agency’s mission, vision, and core values. Works effectively  with co-workers, consumers and others by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listens to and objectively considers ideas and suggestions from others; keeps commitments; keeps others informed of work progress, timetables and issues; addresses problems and issues constructively to find mutually acceptable and practical solutions; addresses others by name, title or other respectful identifiers; and respects the diversity of the New Horizons workforce in actions, words and deeds.
  4. Responsible for other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A valid California Driver License and driving record acceptable to the agency’s insurance carrier are required.  Current certification in First Aid and CPR are also required. Must pass criminal background check.

Education and/or Experience

High School graduate or equivalent is strongly preferred.  CNA certification required.  Six months experience working with persons with developmental disabilities; additional education beyond high school in Special Education, Recreation, or related areas may be substituted for work experience. Experience working with computers, Microsoft Office or willingness to take evening or weekend classes to learn computing using the software mentioned.

Language Skills

Ability to read and comprehend in English simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write in English simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in English in one-on-one and small group situations to consumers, families and other employees of the organization.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk, talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch.. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Must be able, with the aid of another staff member, to assist an adult wheelchair user (approximately 150 lbs.) transfer to/from a wheelchair to a toilet and to/from a wheelchair to a vehicle.  In addition, must be able to change and clean an adult who has had a toileting accident.