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Youth Care Specialist

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Florida United Methodist Children's Home


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Published 26 days ago

$13 - $14Per hour

SUMMARY

The primary role of the Youth Care Specialist (YCS) is to provide direct care and support to children/youth in the Caminos program. The Youth Care Specialist ensures that day-to-day supervision of youth is consistent with the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home standards and is aligned with the policies and procedures of the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Board of Child Care. Working under the Unit Supervisor, this position will assist with implementation of youth programming as well as support the treatment needs of the youth.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Minimum age for this position is 21 years old

·        Minimum of one year experience working with youth

QUALIFICATIONS

·        Bi-lingual in English and Spanish preferred, Spanish required

·        Ability to work with youth whose behaviors can reflect that of trauma related experiences

·        Must have strong communication skills including accurate and detailed writing abilities for case notes

·        Ability to work effectively with co-workers

·        Ability to set appropriate limits and boundaries with clients

·        Ability to appropriately handle confidential issues

·        Must have the energy and flexibility to meet the changing needs of children/youth

·        Ability to handle multiple tasks and make sound decisions

·        Ability to observe individuals and report accurate findings

·        Ability to handle emergencies and follow appropriate protocols

·        Ability to build trusting relationships with clients and effectively engage clients from diverse cultures

·        Must have sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

·        Valid Florida Driver's License

·        Proof of Immunizations

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·   Demonstrates an understanding of trauma informed practices through the promotion of safety, consistent care, supervision and support to residents of the Caminos Program.

·   Ensures consistent implementation of each resident’s individual service plan through participation in the development of unit activities, life skill exercises and recreation activities as well as through identifying opportunities for acculturation and spiritual life awareness. Provides direct supervision and completes documentation.

·   Ensure required youth to staff ratios are maintained at all times.

·   Ensure line of sight and sound supervision standards are maintained at all times.

·   Actively ensures safety of the environment by encouraging youth to participate in maintaining established standards of cleanliness and orderliness in their living unit and the surrounding campus.

·   Actively encourages and supports each resident in the pursuit of educational growth, acculturation activities and life skills development.

·   Provides safe transportation in agency vehicles for residents.

·   Ensures that the staff to youth ratio is consistent with federal, state and agency regulations.

·   Assist with preparing residents for airline travel, accompanying residents to the airport as needed and accompanying residents on fly outs. 

·   Provides direct mealtime supervision to assure that residents are provided a balanced meal and that dining procedures are consistently followed.

·   In line with federal regulations, conducts intake procedures within in 24 hours of entry to the program. Ensures that all new residents are provided with a warm welcome to the program, have their basic needs met in a timely manner and are provided within information pertaining to the program rules and expectations as well as their rights and responsibilities. 

·   Demonstrate professional interactions with external stakeholders, including legal representatives and child advocates, as well as family members and identified sponsors while also ensuring that proper care is taken to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of each resident. 

·   Completes assigned unit system responsibilities and documentation including the completion of a thorough inventory for each resident’s belongings upon admission, discharge and on a quarterly basis.

·   Demonstrates knowledge and compliance of health and safety standards through on-site inspections according to agency guidelines.

·   Responsible for efficiently administering and documenting medications as prescribed to youth.

·   Promotes effective communication and demonstrates the ability to receive, transmit, store and retrieve information through the timely submission of documentation and compliance with logbook policy as well as active participation in weekly unit meetings.

·   Demonstrates an understanding of trauma informed practices and therapeutic intervention techniques as evidenced by contributions to the prevention and management of challenging behaviors. 

·   Demonstrates an understanding of the value of cultural diversity, including the ability to develop systems and practices that are inclusive of diverse staff members and responsive to the cultural needs of the client population served.

·   Demonstrates knowledge of and familiarity with the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home and Board of Child Care/Office of Refugee Resettlement Policy and Procedures relating to the care and supervision of Unaccompanied Children. This includes knowledge of legal background and authority governing the practice as related to working with Unaccompanied Children.

·   Provides mandatory on-call coverage as required.

·   Fosters quality and diversity in problem identification and conflict resolution among residents and co-workers.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently, bi-lingual in English is preferred.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Ability to use program guidelines as a foundation in decision making. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and will include, but will not be limited to computers, printers, telephones, and normal communication. Noise may also include acting out behavior in children.

ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE

Vacations, sick leave, holidays, emergency leave, termination of employment, etc., shall be in accordance with published Personnel Policies of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home and procedures specified by Program Manager.

Other policies concerning full time employees are as set forth in the current policies and procedures manual.


SUMMARY

The primary role of the Youth Care Specialist (YCS) is to provide direct care and support to children/youth in the Caminos program. The Youth Care Specialist ensures that day-to-day supervision of youth is consistent with the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • High School Diploma Required

Benefits

Medical, Dental and Vision benefits available at the first of the month after 60 days.

403B retirement plan

2 weeks vacation time accrued

Sick days accured

Medical, Dental and Vision benefits available at the first of the month after 60 days.

403B retirement plan

2 weeks vacation time accrued

Sick days accured

Level of Language Proficiency

Ability to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently, bi-lingual in English is preferred.

Ability to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently, bi-lingual in English is preferred.

Location

51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL 32725

How to Apply

Please complete an application and upload your current resume. We look forward to receiving your application and resume.

Please complete an application and upload your current resume. We look forward to receiving your application and resume.

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