POSITION: Part-Time Youth Development Worker
DEPARTMENT: Cary Home
SALARY: Up to $18.00 per hour
Provides nurturing environment and close, intensive supervision and security for male and female adolescent residents. Observes and talks with youth to assess individual needs, interests, fears and competencies and does so with an appreciation of the organization and community context. Ensures that youth are supported in asset development. Assures residents’ basic needs are met including meals, exercise, hygiene and sleep. Teaches healthy living skills and conducts recreational and social activities enhancing skill acquisition. Serves as positive role model and demonstrates professionalism regarding healthy interactions and respectful communication with residents and team members. Utilizes behavior management techniques appropriately with residents. Delivers clear, specific, timely and respectful feedback, with attention and consideration to residents’ individual treatment needs. Monitors activities and current location of residents and maintains a physically safe environment. Ensures attendance at medical, dental, counseling or other social service appointments including providing and/or arranging transportation. Administers mediation accurately and timely, under supervision of Nurse. Assures residents’ daily schedule is followed. Leads, facilitates and participates in group life skills training sessions and/or other evidence-based programs to assist residents in skill development and goal achievement. Works effectively within a team environment, ensuring open, honest and clear communication is occurring. Provides mentoring and training to team members, such as new staff members to ensure success. Maintains frequent communication with various individuals regarding client care, including Probation Officers, school officials, Case Workers, and parents. Participates and contributes to treatment team meetings and all Staff Meetings in a constructive manner. Prepares and submits daily reports detailing behavior and interventions of individual residents in accordance with program procedures. Inspects grounds for damage and potential repair problems. Periodically performs light maintenance and cleaning on department property. Answers telephone and greets home visitors, providing information and assistance, taking messages, and/or transferring/directing to appropriate individual. Meets regularly with Team Leaders and actively participates in supervision. Performs related duties as assigned.
High School diploma or GED. Ability to complete all required certifications and training programs. Certification or ability to be certified in CPR/First Responder. Thorough knowledge of accepted theories, practices, and interventions for counseling youth and their families, with ability to apply theories and interventions to both family and individual circumstances. Knowledge of youth behavior, issues and trends. Knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ability to prepare and submit daily reports detailing behavior and interventions of individual residents. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other County personnel, school officials, Probation Officers, Case Workers, related social agencies, parents, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities and disabilities. Ability to deal swiftly, rationally and decisively with potentially violent individuals and de-escalate volatile situations by means of conversation/negotiation. Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of Department information and records according to state requirements. Ability to comply with all employer and Department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct. Ability to work with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment. Ability to occasionally work extended, weekend and/or evening hours. Possession of a valid driver’s license and demonstrated safe driving record.