Youth Homes
  • 04-Oct-2017 to 18-Oct-2017 (MST)
  • Missoula, MT, USA
  • 11.25
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Employer funded leave. - Annual and Bonus leave. - Exceptional leave. - Educational leave. Employer contributions to: - Individual and dependent covered health insurance. - Long-term disability insurance for the employee. - Life insurance policy - Simplified Employee Pension in 3rd year. - Available benefits to eligible employees. - Health Savings Account. - Available access for employee funded: - Tax-sheltered annuity. - Dental insurance coverage. - Vision insurance coverage


General Objective:  The Youth Counselor 1 is a full time entry level line worker position that provides for the general care of at-risk children and youth and manages the treatment milieu and routine within a home.  The Youth Counselor 1 is the backbone of our quality of care and treatment for these youngsters.

Nature and Scope of this Position:

  • This position is responsible to maintain the daily routine and structure of the home.
  • This position is responsible to perform a wide variety of tasks within the design and structure of the group home program.
  • This position is responsible to work within a treatment team, both within the staff and in the community, in a cooperative and mutually supportive way.
  • This position involves forming therapeutic relationships with the children in care.
  • This position works under the supervision of the Program Director/Manager and under the clinical supervision of the Lead Clinical Staff.
  • This position involves being a role model for the kids in care.

Example of Tasks:

  • Provide a safe, consistent and structured living environment for the children in care.
  • Do what is necessary in terms of supervision and structure to keep the kids in care safe.
  • Supervise, manage and instruct positive interaction and conflict resolution among the residents in the home.
  • Assist with management of a stable yet dynamic set of house rules and values.
  • Oversee preparation and delivery of regular and nutritious meals.
  • Provide for transportation or residents.
  • Oversee and teach chores and general house cleaning/maintenance.
  • Participate and/or facilitate house group meetings.
  • Provide guidance.
  • Help with life planning.
  • Teach life skills.
  • Teach and model communication skills.
  • Assist with relationship building skills.
  • Teach and model recreation skills and implement the recreational program of the home.
  • Supervise group recreational activities.
  • Provide encouragement to residents to become involved in recreational activities outside of Center.
  • Monitor individual physical programs.
  • Supervise group recreation nights.
  • Work with youngsters in care to meet their unique and individual needs. 
  • Provide individualized care.
  • Provide appropriate and individual attention to youth in care.
  • Do informal and participate in formal counseling sessions.
  • Participate in group therapy sessions.
  • Insure provision of appropriate outside services, such as mental health, medical, dental, etc.
  • Advocate for needs of each child.
  • Monitor individual behavior of youngsters in care.
  • Provide instruction, praise and reward for positive behavior.
  • Do intervention with or confrontation of negative or destructive behavior.
  • Give consequences when appropriate.
  • Teach and model appropriate behaviors.
  • Record behavioral data.
  • Engage in therapeutic relationships with the youngsters in one's care.
  • Work as "primary" adult (worker) in a child's life, including
    • One-on-one time.
    • Involvement in activities with child.
    • Part of treatment team.
    • Set appropriate levels of intimacy, shared two-way information and boundaries.
    • Work with children's families as partners to YH care and treatment.
  • Maintain program structure and assist with program accountability.
  • Provide input to individual treatment plans.
  • Make entries in administrative and behavioral logs.
  • Document all incidents.
  • Contribute to the update of treatment plans and make regular reports of progress, as required by program, contract and rule.
  • Stay abreast of all information in logs.
  • Write reports as necessary and required or requested.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Attend and participate in a wide variety of "treatment team" meetings, such as:
    • Staff Team
    • Staff and therapist teams
    • Mental health treatment teams
    • Child Protection Team
    • Staff and family team
    • Child Study Teams at school
    • Attend and assist with corporate functions and meetings, as requested.                                                              

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe living environment.
  • Operate program as designed and directed.
  • Accept supervision.
  • Work within a team approach to treatment.
  • Have appropriate relationships with children in care.
  • Communicate clearly, precisely and directly.
  • Respond to needs of children in care.
  • Provide consistency and structure.
  • To give others respect, regardless of opinion, and consideration in dealings with them.
  • Be a role model.

Requirements:

  • Possess solid moral character.
  • Demonstrate competent, positive inter-personal skills.
  • Experience working with troubled youth in a paid or volunteer setting.
  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university or combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development.
  • Talents for supervising and working with young people.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in approach to solving problems and achieving goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to children's needs and issues.
  • Possess knowledge of:
  • Parenting skills and techniques.
  • Child and youth development theory, normalcy and deviance.
  • Childhood issues, including emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, etc.
  • Communication skills.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs as needed.
  • Ability to climb stairs as needed.
  • Willing and able to work a full time schedule that involves either three or four day work weeks that includes shifts that may be as long as 14 hours.

Wage and Benefits: 

  • Base salary at Grade 4 of Youth Homes' Salary Schedule.
  • Wage and hour employee
  • Employer funded leave.
  • Annual and Bonus leave.
  • Exceptional leave.
  • Educational leave.
  • Employer contributions to:
    • Individual and dependent covered health insurance.
    • Long-term disability insurance for the employee.
    • Life insurance policy
    • Simplified Employee Pension in 3rd year.
    • Available benefits to eligible employees.
    • Health Savings Account.
  • Available access for employee funded:
    • Dental insurance coverage
    • Vision insurance coverage

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

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