Youth Development Specialist

Job Description

Youth Development Specialists are responsible for identifying and meeting the everyday needs of teenage girls, including housekeeping, food, shelter, security, personal hygiene, and health services. Staff are trained to be therapeutic helpers – assisting to restore clients on a daily basis. YDS are responsible for implementing the program, policies, and procedures in everyday activities. Youth Development Specialists are responsible for providing consistent floor coverage and supervision and may be required to adjust their regularly scheduled shifts as needed.

Please note: The residential home is in northwest Jefferson county. The largest city near it is House Springs. The home where this position is located is approximately 1 hr from St Louis. The exact location is undisclosed due to the confidentiality of the clients.

  • Job Title: Youth Development Specialist
  • Location: Jefferson County, Missouri (1 hr from St Louis)
  • Department: Clinical
  • FLSA Status: Non-exempt
  • Reports to: Milieu Manager
  • Part-Time and Full Time Available:
  • Full-Time Evening (3pm – 11:30pm)
  • Part-Time Day (7am-3:30pm)
  • Part-Time Overnights (11pm-7:30am)
  • Both part-time and full-time positions include working every other weekend
  • Start Date: July 27 (depending on completion of background checks and medical paperwork)
  • Pay:$13 to $14/hr

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Through supervision, engagement, relationship, and role modeling provide a consistent, safe, and therapeutic environment for sexually exploited/trafficked teen girls.

PURPOSE: Youth Development Specialists are responsible for identifying and meeting the everyday needs of teenage girls, including housekeeping, food, shelter, security, personal hygiene, and health services. Staff are trained to be therapeutic helpers – assisting to restore clients on a daily basis. YDS are responsible for implementing the program, policies, and procedures in everyday activities. Youth Development Specialists are responsible for providing consistent floor coverage and supervision and may be required to adjust their regularly scheduled shifts as needed.

Complete Application Here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/employment_application

QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a high school education or equivalent. A bachelor’s degree or two years of post-high school education with at least two years of experience working with children in a group care setting is preferred.
  • Must be able to perform all physical intervention techniques to provide crisis intervention and for annual certification. Certification in Jireh Prevention and Crisis Intervention Training Course will be required at hire.
  • Must possess or obtain at hire Adult CPR and First Aid certification
  • Must possess or obtain at hire MCCA Medication Certification or Med Level 1 equivalent.
  • Must obtain a medical release form including TB test
  • Must adhere to a comprehensive background check including fingerprinting
  • Must complete 40 hrs of training at hire and annually
  • This employee must be able to transport clients in accordance with licensing standards.
  • Must possess a valid Class E driver’s license and submit a driving record.
  • A staff member must be at least 21 years old.
  • May not have a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect
  • Computer Skills: Ability to interact with email and light typing

Essential Job Functions:

Ensure a safe and secure environment by:

  • Consistent supervision of residents; residents whereabouts are known at all times
  • Active involvement in programming developed for and about residents
  • provide intervention in accordance with approved techniques, including Non-verbal intervention, Verbal intervention, and physical intervention when a resident is a danger to themselves or others, according to policy.

Responsible for participation and continuation of resident’s treatment, including:

  • Familiarity with residents’ treatment needs, Familiarity with residents’ treatment plans
  • Supervise and/or dispense any medications; record medication documentation.
  • Assisting and caring for others by providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support or other personal care to residents

Responsible for effective and efficient communication, including:

  • Daily and appropriate charting of resident information, thorough and professional communication to departing, present and incoming colleagues (written and verbal)
  • tactful and positive communication with all other personnel as needed
  • Demonstrate consistency and clarity when interacting with residents.
  • submission of all necessary reports to the supervisor prior to shift end. Reports must be complete and approved by supervisor before employee departure.

Utilization and knowledge of The Covering House Policies and Procedures and Resident Handbook may be required in order to adequately respond to any given situation. Utilization of other available resources, such as seeking the assistance of supervisors when necessary.

Other functions:

  • Function as drivers and/or supervise residents for activities outside the home, as needed.
  • May be asked to provide coverage in other areas as assigned by the supervisor.
  • At all times represent The Covering House in a positive and professional manner.
  • Comply with all policies, rules and regulations established by The Covering House and statutes enacted by the State of Missouri, as a condition of employment.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Physical demands and work environment: The physical demand and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Physical demands:While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; run; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; twist; stoop; bend; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs and push/pull or resist force during a physical restraint. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time during transports, recreational activities, and outings. Be very rewarding; however, may be physically and emotionally taxing. Shifts can be very long or unusual hours due to the needs of the home. Every-other weekend rotation is required. Must maintain a four-to-one child-to-staff ratio at the home at all times, per State regulations. May be required to work without regular breaks due to staffing, safety, or various other issues.