• Academic Center Youth Worker

    Posted: 11/08/2019

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    We are seeking individuals who want to make a positive difference in the lives of young adolescents with behavioral/personality issues. This is a great opportunity for recent college graduates or soon to be college graduates to build skills in the Human Services field and gain experience working with troubled youth.  Become part of a team working with students in grades 1-12 with emotional and behavioral difficulties in a unique school setting. The Academic Center serves students who require intensive individual support and are in need of a self-contained classroom. Emphasis is placed on developing the students' academic and behavioral skills to a degree where it is possible for the students to return to the referring school district.

    The starting wage for Youth Workers is dependent on experience and educational levels.  Promotion opportunities are available to Youth Workers.  Some Youth Workers have become Case Managers and Supervisors within our agency.  Children's Square offers initial and ongoing training opportunities to help all staff develop in their role. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees.


    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Teaches life skills daily and implements each student's treatment plan
    • Assists other Youth Workers in providing safety and ongoing supervision, counseling, teaching, and support of youth in the unit
    • Assists the team in ongoing documentation, communication, and monitoring of significant events of the youth and communicates this information to team members
    • Performs other duties as assigned
    • Maintain supervision and know where students are at all times
    • Maintain integrity of the program structure and ensure the therapeutic environment of the program
    • Develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships consistent with the psycho-educational model
    • Implement the psycho-educational model's holistic teaching approach to child development
    • Promote a professional, positive work environment
    • Effectively communicate written information to the right people in such a way as to establish an accurate record of each child's placement (Daily logs, GDAP's, etc.) and maintain accurate records needed by the agency (Worker's Compensation Reports, Daily Unit Reviews, etc.)
    • Implement agency policies and procedures, licensing and accreditation standards, and complete tasks as needed to provide safe, therapeutic, appealing environments
    • Handle crises in such a way that the positive, therapeutic intervention model of the program is maintained


    QUALIFICATIONS
    • High school diploma or equivalent required
    • One year of relevant experience preferred
    • Knowledge of child care practices, human growth, and development issues including an understanding of the range of treatment needed by the youth served
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Personal characteristics and experiential background that will provide appropriate care for children to win their respect, to guide them in their development, to manage a home for them effectively, and to participate in the overall treatment program designed for them
    • Necessary stamina and temperament to work with children and youth (birth – 18 years of age) who are experiencing crisis and/or emotional and/or behavioral disorders
    • Able to be trained in basic skills in first aid and the identification of medical need
    • Must be able to provide appropriate care and supervision of youth at all times
    • Must be able to follow and consistently implement the policies and procedures of the agency
    • Must be able to handle confidential information appropriately
    • Valid driver's license with a driving record that is insurable under agency’s insurance
    • If required and authorized to drive personal vehicle on agency business, must have automobile insurance that meets agency policy
    • Must be able to interact and work cooperatively and effectively with other personnel and clients
    • Must be able to show sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics in the service population

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