Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services
Youth Care Worker
Posted OnMay 4, 2021
Experience LevelEntry Level
Education LevelHigh School Diploma
Provide Christ-centered services to assist youth with educational goals, vocational training opportunities, establishment of short and long-term goals, skill development for progression to greater self-sufficiency, and eventual transition to independence. Facilitate the socialization and transitional living objectives for youth, while at the same time ensuring the proper care, supervision and safety of all. Assist with coordinating youth’s involvement in activities that stimulate and assess their progress in various areas of their functioning: social skills, self-care, life skills, educational, and vocational. Ensure that crisis prevention and intervention techniques are conducted according to SCM (Safe Crisis Management) standards and Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) principles.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Provide supervision, structure, and guidance for youth by utilizing TBRI techniques to daily living skills; anger management and conflict resolution skills; decision making skills. Provide verbal feedback to youth regarding skill growth. As necessary, utilize SCM intervention techniques according to agency protocol.
2. Conduct daily health/safety inspections and report any concerns to supervisor and maintenance as needed. Conduct monthly fire, tornado and earthquake drills. Maintain a written record of all disaster drills and provide copy to supervisor.
3. Maintain accurate and current daily documentation of each youth in CSWIS and other documentation according to agency, licensing, and accreditation standards. Set up and maintain individual youth files, medication records, individual logs and crisis files.
4. Dispense medication as prescribed after completing the Medication Technician Certification class. Maintain accurate medication records. Assess resident illnesses and injuries, contacting the Coordinator or On-Call with concerns or need for medical treatment.
5. Participate in mandatory team meetings, individual supervisory sessions, and trainings as scheduled.
6. Implement daily life skills groups and document accordingly. Implement daily and weekly recreational activities according to the schedule.
7. Provide transportation of youth to school, appointments, jobs, etc., as needed or requested.
8. Assist youth with planning appropriate weekly menus according to program expectations. Complete shopping for food once a week with 1-2 youth at a time and allow purchases of hygiene supplies once a month. Conduct weekly nutrition/healthy meal options groups with the youth and cook a meal with youth once a week, as schedule allows.
Works in a “home-like” cottage/house setting and in the community at times. Requires prolonged standing and walking; bending and reaching, and a great deal of stamina to work long hours. May require lifting up to 50 pounds. May require participation in the safe physical containment of an escalated resident engaged in self-harming or physically aggressive behavior toward others.
· Minimum of High School Diploma or GED; human service college courses, Associates Degree or Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
· Upon employment, must pursue continuing education and /or in-service training required for this position.
· Must be at least 21 years of age; prior child care experience preferred.
· Ability to develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with youth displaying behavioral and emotional problems; an ability to maintain an appropriate balance between being authoritative and supportive; and ability to not take children’s negative comments or behaviors personally; and must be able to make sound decisions in crisis situations and under pressure.
· Personal maturity is an extremely important attribute. Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
· Must be able to drive a van and/or automobile safely, both day and night.
· Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure.
· Must be able to interact with resident and other staff from various ethnic groups in a culturally competent and professional manner.
Must hold a valid driver’s license, have and maintain a risk-free driving record. Must be willing to undergo initial and periodic child abuse/neglect, criminal history, sexual offender, and child care/elder care disqualification list screenings. As requested, must submit fingerprints for review by the state of your employment and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Must undergo a pre-employment drug screen and a pre-employment physical with the results showing no evidence of communicable disease.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is a faith-based Christian organization. We provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. We strive to serve like Jesus. We meet our clients where they are and treat them with respect. We focus on our clients’ strengths rather than their problems. And we encourage our clients to focus on their future rather than their past. When we do this well, we help our clients find hope and know the love of God.
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