Independent Living Specialist (Group Home for Young Men ages 18-23)

Maple Lake Academy - Spanish Fork, UT



Bridges to Independent Living is a transition program of Maple Lake Academy, available for our young men ages 18-23. Bridges offers a focused and individualized program for six young adult men who could benefit from a nurturing environment with a balance of high expectations and high support. This supportive home offers the guidance needed while they explore college, vocational training, employment, community volunteer opportunities and development of leisure skills. A full time Independent Living Coach and 24 hour on-site residential staff. The goal of all our young men is to develop the ability to successfully live independently.


We have a great 24-hrs/week opportunity for an Independent Living Specialist, which we call Mentors, on our Monday/Thursday/Friday swing shift (3pm-11pm). We also have a flexible on-call mentor opportunity, which can range from 8-hrs/week up to 40-hrs/week dependent upon shift availability and your desire to pick up shifts. This is a great position if you have a background in psychology, social work, human development, related work, or enjoy helping others become more independent.

As a Mentor in our transition program, you will provide mentorship and guidance to the young men in how to successfully manage their daily independent living. The ideal candidate for this role is someone who is a self-starter, is passionate about actively helping others become successfully independent, and can balance being creative, intuitive, patient, follow and enforce program rules, and take pride in the environment they help create with the residents.


To maintain the stability and effectiveness in our program, and because our residents value the relationships they build with their mentors, it is important that our staff are committed to the role they undertake at Bridges. While we do not require a minimum commitment period in the position; we believe it's important that staff are committed to their position for at least a year. Many Mentors at Maple Lake Academy's programs have been contributing their talents for at least 2 or more years, which also provides you a great team of dedicated coworkers!


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Associate's Degree or some college or advanced coursework preferred
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check upon acceptance of a job offer
  • Schedule may including one required Sunday shift each month.
  • Attend shift meeting once a week
  • Attend monthly company training
  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment for clients
  • Promote independent living and help coach in independent living skills including, but not limited to: daily house responsibilities, meal planning, cooking, shopping for personal needs, managing personal budgets, career coaching, etc.
  • Be dependable, reliable, receive and carry out instruction, and genuinely care for others
  • May assist with academic tutoring
  • Observe and monitor behavior and have the ability to chart on those observations in a professional and objective manner
  • Works independently, but reports to the Residential Manager. May work with other mentors as part of a team, as well as the Life Skills Coach
  • Ensures that the clients are keeping a clean home environment
  • Takes seriously the training program and is eager to learn and grown in their position as a mentor.
  • High attention to detail and ability to problem solve
  • Is able to keep personal feelings and emotions from influencing decisions around client care
  • Must maintain confidentiality of clients and program specifics


Being part of the MLA team, you'll work with a talented group of mentors and professionals who are first and foremost dedicated to the well-being of our clients. You will receive both structured and on-the-job training, and have opportunities to learn about our Attachment Theory approach to care, where the focus is always on building trusting and safe relationships. We value our employees and do our best to create a rewarding and appreciative environment.

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Maple Lake Academy, LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Part-time


  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Associate (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Flexible schedule

Working days:

  • Monday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Typical start time:

  • 3PM

Typical end time:

  • 11PM