Youth Homes
  • 25-May-2017 to 25-Jun-2017 (MST)
  • Helena, MT, USA
  • 11.25
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

- 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: - 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.

o Supervise group recreational activities.

o Provide encouragement to residents to become involved in recreational activities outside of Center.

o Monitor individual physical programs.

o 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

o   One-on-one time.

o   Involvement in activities with child.

o   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:

o   Staff Team

o   Staff and therapist teams

o   Mental health treatment teams

o   Child Protection Team

o   Staff and family team

o   Child Study Teams at school

o   Attend and assist with corporate functions and meetings, as requested.



-            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.


-            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:

-            Tax-sheltered annuity.

-            Dental insurance coverage.

-            Vision insurance coverage

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