Reports To: Residential House Supervisor
Beginning Pay: $12.35 - 13.00 per hour
Full-time, set schedule position working 3 days during the work week, 8 hour shifts (2:30pm – 10:30pm), and one, 14 hour shift on the weekend (8:30am – 10:30pm). The Youth Development Specialist (Specialist) position, provides direct care for children and youth living in an open residential program. Specialists see to the physical and emotional needs of the children and youth who have experienced some form of abuse and/or neglect. Specialists will model and teach appropriate social skills while working closely with a staff therapist to implement individualized treatment plans. This role demands an individual with strong relationship building skills, physical and emotional stamina and an ability to work in a team environment in order to provide a family like setting. Specialists act in a parental role by meeting basic needs of youth.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS – 2ND SHIFT
I. MISSION STATEMENT
Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.
II. NATURE OF WORK
The Youth Development Specialist (Specialist) is responsible for providing direct care and supervision for children served by the Agency. The dimensions of this “youth development” responsibility are quite broad. At times, the Specialist acts in a parental role; meeting the basic needs of youth. The Specialist ensures that each child is healthy and safe, makes sure that each is properly clothed and fed and works to maintain a clean and orderly living space. Included in the parental role are the responsibilities to give praise, affection and encouragement to youth and respond appropriately to challenging behaviors when necessary.
At other times the Specialist is cast more in the role of a mentor, instructing youth in social skills, hygiene, basic values, spirituality, homework assignments and the like. The Specialist takes on the role of a trusted and patient adult friend, discussing a youth’s personal life, feelings and interpretations of the world.
Drawing all of these roles and responsibilities together is the Agency’s emphasis on relationships between staff and youth. Our belief is that all effective helping efforts begin with warm, caring, sound relationships. It is the Specialist’s responsibility to develop such therapeutic relationships with youth, and then to use and work through those relationships to stimulate and encourage growth.
Specialists are expected to work effectively and harmoniously as part of a team or teams within the agency. Specific work responsibilities and work schedules will vary according to team assignment.
Always remember that your primary responsibility is to provide a safe, secure, nurturing and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for the kids who live here.
III. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Developing and maintaining nurturing and sound relationships with all students.
- Ensuring the supervision, health and safety of students.
- Learning and consistently applying all Agency, group and individual treatment programs.
- Effectively following and implementing Collaborative Problem Solving.
- Fully participating in a treatment team(s), learning from others and allowing others to learn from you.
- Providing positive, mature, adult role modeling for youth at all times.
- Providing effective written records and communications as required by the program.
- Providing for essential supplies, clothing and personal needs of youth.
- Ensuring the security, safety and cleanliness of the campus.
- Attending and successfully completing all required Agency training sessions.
- Planning, organizing and effectively conducting therapeutic activities and recreational programs for students.
- Conduct yourself in a manner so as to positively reflect upon the Agency in the community both on and off duty.
- Abiding by all policies and practices of the Agency.
- Completing other reasonable assignments, which may be made by a supervisor.
B. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST ASSIGNED TO THE ON-SITE SCHOOL SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Working with individual students or groups of students to reinforce learning of materials or skills introduced and outlined by certified staff.
- Assisting certified staff in devising special strategies for reinforcing learning materials and skills based on a sympathetic understanding of individual students, their needs, interests, and abilities.
- Managing student behavioral manifestations resulting from his/her specific skill struggle, thus providing a safe and an optimal learning environment.
- Actively participating in student activities and programming.
- Forming effective relationships with teachers and school personnel in order to monitor each student’s progress and skill struggles, as well as the specific plans that accompany them, and advocating for changes to the educational plan when necessary.
- In conjunction with case manager, serving as liaison between house staff and on-site classroom.
- Effectively and efficiently communicating information obtained during the monitoring of student progress to all parties involved.
- Advocating and arbitrating issues, understanding the differences between the academic/behavioral expectations of teachers and school personnel and the psychological/emotional obligations to students.
IV. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Ability to communicate verbally and effectively to exchange information with coworkers, peers, the community, and others involved in your position.
- Ability to maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time.
- Ability to be physically mobile when working with students.
- Ability to determine and assess job related documents and visually utilize Agency equipment.
- Ability to physically handle and perform job related functions, including the operation of Agency equipment.
- Ability to physically position oneself to effectively interact with students, including but not limited to squatting, kneeling, stooping & running.
- Ability to ascend/descend stairs safely and successfully.
- Ability to lift and transport 40lbs.
- Ability to push and pull.
- Ability to bend to facilitate physical restraints, complete cleaning responsibilities & to actively interact with students.
- Ability to simply and firmly grasp when facilitating a physical restraint.
V. MINIMUM PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- High School Diploma or GED required by state licensing authority. Agency prefers a bachelor’s degree, or near completion, in a field related to the helping professions.
- Experience in working with children.
- Good written communication skills.
- Valid driver’s license, adequate insurance with a car available at all times.
- Ability to work with a variety of people both within and outside the Agency and must promote a positive image for the Agency in the community and in relationship with other Agencies and their personnel.
- Become familiar with and follow the code of ethics for your profession and agree to abide by the related Agency standards.
- Possess an understanding and sensitivity to the student’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
- Positive acceptance of supervision in order to learn and be trained in job-related functions.
- Personal qualities of organizational skills, assertiveness, good judgment, conscientiousness, attention to detail and timeliness.
- Good moral character.
- Good health and physical condition. Free of communicable diseases.
- A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values.