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Children's Village Agency Operated Boarding Homes Youth Care Specialist (part - time) in Valhalla, New York

Description

Agency Wide Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the mission, program philosophy and values of The Children’s Village.

  • Supports all functions that attain and maintain accreditation and compliance with regulatory agencies.

  • Support and facilitates positive interaction with others by exhibiting:

Individual maturity

Respect for others

A team-centered approach

Maintenance of confidential information

An appreciation of a multicultural workplace

  • Communicates appropriate information to other departments in a timely and effective manner.

  • Participates in appropriate professional development programs to attain and maintain competency.

  • Complies with all policies and procedures as defined by the Employee Handbook.

Program Safety Duties/Responsibilities:

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· Knowledge of company’s and specific departmental safety policies with an annual review of all Worker’s comp accidents that occur in the department.

· Observes and promptly corrects unsafe work conditions and or an employee’s unsafe work habits.

· Manages all aspects of Safety in their area including performing accurate, thorough and timely accident investigations and regular safety inspections to ensure all safe practices, equipment and or environment are in use or present.

· Sets a good safety example for the department and the agency.

· Checks and reports repair and maintenance needs to maintain the physical condition of the cottage.

Job Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

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· Attends and actively participates in Team Meetings, individual supervision and Unit meetings, as scheduled.

· Consistently supervises youth within established guidelines and expectations, daily.

· Carries self consistently as a role model (e.g., respect for others, professional standard of dress, appropriate conflict resolution, etc.), daily.

· Consistently is on time, punches in/out regularly and ready to carry out their shift.

· Completes mandated training and program specific trainings, as required.

· Completes daily documentation in a timely manner and in line with established guidelines and/or mandates (e.g.: Communication Log, Notes, etc.).

· Completes comprehensive, grammatically correct progress notes and their timely monthly submission for all youth assigned.

· Promotes and utilizes culturally sensitive care and treatment with youth, families and co-workers through on-going work toward the reduction of bias and the acceptance of differences (e.g.: gender, religion and sexual orientation).

  • Promotes, teaches and holds youth accountable to appropriate socialization skills.

  • Attends and actively participates in trainings, workshops, and other programs to enhance professional skills, as assigned.

  • Attends and actively participates in trainings geared to develop intervention skills and knowledge of specialized populations.

  • Integrates information from trainings, Team Meetings, policy and procedures into their daily work on a consistent basis.

· Actively supports and carries out Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and DBT models in line with trainings, Team decisions and individual supervision.

· Appropriate handling and reporting of all untoward incidents in accordance with agency policy and training guidelines.

· Utilizes and implements behavior management techniques as per Cornell TCI, CVOT, and agency policy & procedures.

· Actively supports the educational collaboration with the client’s school through support of educational process and contact with the school and tutors, as assigned.

· Develops and supports a learning environment in the program that promotes academic achievement, completion of homework, actively developing language skills, study habits, regular reading time, and math skill development.

· Assures youth’s timely attendance and readiness for inter/intra-agency services (school, recreation, work, mental health, spiritual, substance abuse services, tutoring, etc.).

· Carries out searches in accordance with OCFS and approved policy and procedures.

· Provides documentation on searches within established policy and procedures.

· Actively and consistently supports the program daily living routines and rules in accordance with the established guidelines and best practices.

· Consistently monitors and documents inventory of youth’s clothing and personal hygiene needs, as assigned.

  • Carries out programs and activities of the Program Calendar on a monthly basis that includes age appropriate cultural, educational, skill building and recreational activities, as developed.

· Is aware of and working toward agency and unit goals and objectives.

  • Carries out living skills assessments for youth as assigned.

  • Carries out life skills development through workshops to build skill levels of youth, as assigned.

· Carries out Primary Counselor/Advocate responsibilities, as outlined in the AOBH YCS Manual, for assigned youth.

· Handles petty cash, receipts, etc. responsibly and in a timely manner.

· Actively participates in Fire Drills, as scheduled and appropriate.

· Utilizes relationship, training, and knowledge to promote healthy eating and self care habits for all youth.

  • Prepares meals in accordance with the established menu in a way that engages youth in eating healthy.

  • Actively engages and monitors youth during meal times in line with the YCS Manual and best practices.

· Other duties, as assigned.

Transportation/Community involvement

· Transport youth to school, treatment, recreation, court and family time, etc. as assigned.

· Maintain positive community relations.

· Plan and supervise recreation trips in coordination with Management.

· Maintain safety and other logs of agency vehicles.

· Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED, required.

  • Experience working with high school aged youth in schools, residential or related settings, preferred.

  • Some college, preferred.

  • Paid experience working directly with youth, preferred

  • Bi-lingual Spanish, preferred.

  • Must have and maintain a valid NYS driver’s license.

Qualifications

Education

Required

  • General Equivalency Diploma or better

Licenses & Certifications

Required

  • Drivers License
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