Kingdom City, MO 65262 US
The Youth Worker position is responsible for identifying and meeting the everyday needs of at-risk youth, including housekeeping, food, shelter, security, personal hygiene, and health services. The work involves teaching daily living skills and socially accepted behavior, and providing structure, limits, guidance and consistency to the activities of children in our residential program. The work also involves participation in group and recreation activities. This position is responsible for implementing program, policies, and procedures in everyday activities.
This position demonstrates commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the agency by engaging in respectful, cooperative relationships with clients, coworkers and external stakeholders; being accountable for providing services and ensuring safety to clients with empowering clients in achieving the agency’s mission.
The Youth Worker will be supervised by the Lead Youth Specialist.
The Youth Worker is responsible for providing treatment by observing, assessing, and reporting on the client’s feelings and behavior. In addition, he/she is responsible for assisting in implementing the decided upon treatment plan and providing a proper living environment. These responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
1. Provide an appropriate and caring relationship to clients within our residential program
2. Be a solid object, role model, and provide crisis intervention within the Handle With Care philosophy when necessary
3. Transport clients to and from appointments, court and other activities as needed
4. Assist in meal preparation
5. Keep records as required by facility and contracts
6. Assist in keeping the campus building and grounds clean and in good condition
7. Teach and assist with client responsibilities surrounding house chores and daily living skills
8. Work with the Recreational Director to assure all recreational requirements are met on a weekly basis
9. Actively participate in client recreational, clinical and house activities (groups, crafts, activities, and games)
10. Attend training required to meet contract requirements, but more importantly to provide quality services to the clients in our care
11. Develop and maintain good working relationships with other staff thus helping to facilitate a constructive and helpful atmosphere for the clients to observe and emulate
12. Reading of house communication log on a daily basis. (Initial communication log or other notes left by Management, Clinical or Administration to document information has been received.)
13. Ensure all documentation is completed before leaving each shift worked
14. Understand and work within the module of therapy utilized for the program
15. Additional duties will be assigned by managers and the Associate or Executive Director.
1. Minimum Age of 21 Years
2. High School Diploma or GED is required. Completion of at least 60 hours of college training with major course work in the social work or human services is strongly preferred
3. Class E Drivers License
4. No criminal record of history of abuse
5. Ability to lift ten pounds
6. Handle with Care Certified. (Must be obtained before the end of probationary period.)
7. CPR and First Aid Certification (Must be obtained before the end of probationary period).
8. Ability to demonstrate caring, tolerance, and patience when dealing with at risk youth
9. Ability to demonstrate understanding of philosophy, policies and procedures, strategies and programs of facility.
10. Strong communication and interpersonal skills
11. Ability to maintain confidentiality, integrity and ethics
12. Ability to be on time and dependable
13. Ability to work independently
The ability to complete and become certified in the Behavior Support Module of Handle with Care, verbal de-escalation and the ability to perform physical restraints, is a requirement of employment. The consequences of not being able to become fully certified may be termination or consideration of another open position. The consequence will be at the discretion of the employer.
Ability to work with the clients both inside and out at all times of the year. Hours outside normal business hours may be required. Compensation for work over 40 hours a week will be given. Compensation for work outside normal work schedule will be given when authorized and approved by the Lead Youth Specialist and one of the following:
2) Associate Executive Director
3) Executive Director
This description is intended to provide only basic guidelines for meeting job requirements. Responsibilities, skills and working conditions may change as needs evolve.