Reports To: House Supervisor
Beginning Pay: TBD
Application Deadline: June 18, 2018
(2) Full time positions available. The Youth Development Specialist II (Specialist II) serves as a role model and coach for other Youth Development Specialist (YDS) staff, including effective strategies to function as a member of the treatment team and organizing YDS shift duties and tasks when necessary. The Specialist II works closely with the House Supervisor to ensure efficient program operations.
I. MISSION STATEMENT
Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.
II.NATURE OF WORK
In addition to the Youth Development Specialist duties and responsibilities, the Youth Development Specialist II (Specialist II) serves as a role model and coach for other YDS staff, including effective strategies to function as a member of the treatment team and organizing YDS shift duties and tasks when necessary. The Specialist II works closely with the House Supervisor to ensure efficient program operations.
III. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES (IN ADDITION TO THOSE OF A YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST):
- Function and perform as a role model for Youth Development Specialists in all areas, assuring all services are youth-centered and delivered within a trauma-informed and youth development framework
- Under the direction of the House Supervisor, provide leadership on specific shifts, including organizing and delegating tasks and responsibilities to Youth Development Specialists.
- At the request of the House Supervisor, assist with a variety of tasks and activities to ensure efficient House operations.
A. YDS Specific:
- 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.
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.
- Minimum of one year experience as a Youth Development Specialist.
- 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.