Career opportunities: Christ Child House

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Detroit, MI

Christ Child House

Detroit, MI

Christ Child House (CCH) is a private, 501 (c)3 organization located in Detroit, Michigan. With the mantra “It’s Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood”, CCH provides comprehensive and therapeutic residential care, trauma-informed clinical treatment, for 31 boys ages 6-16, which have fallen victim to abuse and/or neglect.  CCH, which is Council On Accreditation (COA) accredited, has a staff of approximately 50 professional team members.  We are seeking to fill several key positions within our Agency.  To apply for the following positions, submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to N. McAdoo, Vice President of Administrative Services; email address: nmcadoo@christchildhouse.org

 

DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

General Description: Person in this position is responsible for supervising a staff of Residential Supervisors and Youth Specialists while participating directly in all aspects of the care of residential youth.  Responsible for assuring that staff therapeutically assist children with daily living activities; disciplining, coaching, and counseling; transporting children; engage in recreational activities and participate in the development and implementation of treatment plans for children.

Educational and Work Experience Requirements:

1) A Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree preferred.

2)Three or more years’ experience in a supervisory capacity specifically within a children’s residential center.

3)Valid Michigan Driver’s license and driving record which is acceptable to the Agency’s automobile insurance carrier.

4)A minimum of five years of experience in residential center.

5)Good moral character, emotionally stable, and of sufficient health, ability, experience, and education to perform the assigned duties and free of communicable tuberculosis.

6)Awareness and sensitivity of cultural differences among agency residents.

 

Essential skills and abilities:

1)Manage and secure cooperation from Supervisors, staff, and residents.

2)Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels Agency staff.

3)Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.

4)Motivate, discipline, coach, and counsel staff to encourage proper and appropriate behavior and to support established treatment plans for the children.

5)Knowledge of institutional management practices with particular emphasis on the treatment and care of children.

6)Practical working knowledge of modern business management practices.

7)Interest in and sympathetic understanding of emotionally disturbed children.

8)Good ethical and professional judgment.

9)Physical condition to carry out responsibilities of position.

 

Primary responsibilities:

1)Responsible for supervision of Residential Supervisors.

2)Participate in the interviewing, screening and hiring of staff to fill open positions.

3)Provide written evaluation on individual staff according to Employee Handbook and/or Contractual Bargaining Agreement.

4)Utilize discipline procedures as necessary, consulting with the Executive and/or Associate Director as needed.

5)Responsible for developing and maintaining high performance of staff members.

6)In cooperation with Director of Clinical Services and Associate Director, ensure that all staff receives proper and complete training as required to comply with all regulatory bodies.

7)Responsible for leading weekly Residential staff meetings (includes Clinical staff members).

8)Assure Residential staff complete established reports properly and on a timely basis.

9)Model professional child care skills to staff as a teacher, trainer and a direct care provider.

10)Assure monthly Residential work schedule is completed timely and accurately, while maintaining proper and adequate shift supervision.

11)Responsible for developing and coordinating specialized programs and activities in conjunction with Director of Education/Recreation in consultation with Executive Director.

12)Responsible for the maintenance and compliance of all required licensing regulations pertaining to the child care staff, physical environment, and documentation.

13)Responsible for coordinating with all ancillary departments in the residential milieu (Administration, Education, Recreation, Clinical, Household, etc.) to ensure appropriate communication exchange.

14)Provide counseling and treatment to behaviorally and emotionally challenged children as a treatment team member.

15)Participate in quarterly Utilization Review committee to assess client goals, service delivery, and permanency planning/recommendations.

16)Management and Administration of the medication program for all residents.

17)Participate in Medical reviews conducted by Child Psychiatrist.

18)Perform all other tasks as requested by Administration.

 

This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Christ Child House Administration.

 

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES

General Description:  Directly responsible for all clinical and therapeutic aspects of residential treatment program.  Oversees family treatment aspects and all components of aftercare.  Is ultimately responsible for client’s legal case file and approval of all progress reports.  Is responsible for training of designated staff and for administrative duties as assigned by the Executive Director.  The Clinical Director shall also promote the mission and goals of Christ Child House as well as promote awareness and appreciation of and sensitivity to the cultural background and needs of persons served by the agency and respond to those needs.

Educational and work experience requirements:

1)LMSW license from state of Michigan; Master’s Degree in Social Work or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

2)A minimum of 5 years post masters clinical experience.

3)Previous experience in a child care institution or child placing agency and experience in a supervisory position.

4)Good moral character, emotionally stable, and of sufficient health, ability, experience, and education to perform the assigned duties and free of communicable tuberculosis.

5)Awareness and sensitivity of cultural differences among agency residents.

Essential skills and abilities:

1)Knowledge of institutional management practices with particular emphasis on the treatment and care of children

2)Practical working knowledge of modern business management practices

3)Good knowledge of juvenile delinquency, juvenile law, state administrative rules and federal guidelines of concern to the field

4)Interest in and sympathetic understanding of delinquent children

5)Ability to manage and secure cooperation

6)Good ethical and professional judgment

7)Adequate physical condition to carry out responsibilities of position.

Primary responsibilities:

19)Responsible for supervising and overseeing the Intake Process, helping to determine the appropriateness of individual placements.

20)Responsible for endorsing the development and revision of an appropriate plan of treatment for each client.

21)Responsible for reviewing client files: updated service plans, termination reports, and other correspondences that describe the program’s treatment of the youth in care.

22)Responsible for supervising Social Workers and social work interns.

23)Responsible for providing direct services to residents and/or families when deemed necessary and appropriate.

24)Responsible for providing in-depth training to clinical and direct care staff on required and requested topics.

25)Responsible for maintaining confidentiality of designated information and where required by Federal and State of Michigan law and Agency policy.

26)Responsible for representing the agency professionally in the community and in collegial organizations.

27)Responsible for maintaining necessary documentation for licensing, accreditation and other governing bodies.

28)Responsible for overseeing the compliance to all required licensing and accreditation regulations.

29)Perform all other tasks as requested by the Executive Director.

This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Christ Child House Administration.

RESIDENTIAL SUPERVISOR

General Description: The Residential Supervisor’s primary responsibility is to ensure the shift to which you are assigned is run according to organization processes and procedures.  The supervisor is required to ensure that the work of the Youth Specialist staff is conducted via trained clinical methodologies, appropriately, effectively and efficiently.  The supervisor shall promote the mission and goals of Christ Child House as well as carry out the directives of the administrative team to best meet the clinical needs of the children in care. The supervisory level of responsibility requires an excellent attendance record in order to be effective in this capacity.

Education and Experience Requirements:

6)Associate’s required/Bachelor’s degree preferred; Areas of study may include Social Work, Sociology, Child Care, Psychology, Education, Recreation or other related field.

7)Valid Michigan Driver’s license.

8)Previous supervisory experience in children’s residential treatment programs or equivalent experience preferred.

9)Previous relevant experience with special needs children.

10)Must be of good moral character, emotionally stable, and of sufficient health to perform the assigned duties.

11)Free of communicable tuberculosis.

12)Awareness and sensitivity of cultural differences among Agency residents.

Essential skills and abilities:

1)Must be able to supervise staff in a manner conducive to the needs of the organization.

2)Must be able to effectively motivate, discipline, coach and counsel Youth Specialist staff.

3)Ability to exercise discretion and judgment on a variety of clinical and personnel matters.

4)Ability to promote, establish and maintain effective working relationships with direct reports, co-workers, administration and children.

5)Must be confident in delegating responsibilities which are essential to the daily operation of the Agency.

6)Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, with staff and residents.

7)Ability to effectively motivate, discipline, coach and counsel residents to encourage proper and appropriate behavior according to the established treatment plans.

8)Ability to complete written reports/logs regarding the behavior, activities and status of children in timely fashion.

9)Ability to assess, interpret and respond appropriately to verbal and nonverbal communications of both staff and residents.

10)Physical ability to participate in physical recreational activities with children.

11)Physical mobility and capacity to manage a violent child when restraint is required to assure the safety of that child, the staff, children, families, and/or others.

12)Ability to serve as an appropriate supervisory role model and provide positive clinical leadership.

This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Christ Child House Administration

 

CLINICAL THERAPIST

General Description:  This position is responsible for assessing level of resident and family functioning; sets treatment goals and plans interventions with resident and family/referring agency; implements and delivers the agreed upon service; and evaluates the effectiveness of the interventions, plans and the resident and family’s progress.  The employee in this position works with state/court officials, referring caseworkers, community resources.  The Clinical Therapist shall also promote the mission and goals of Christ Child House as well as promote awareness and appreciation of and sensitivity to the cultural background and needs of persons served by the agency and respond to those needs.

Educational and work experience requirements:

13)Master’s Degree in Social Work or Masters of Arts from an accredited College or University or an advanced degree in a related field.

14)Valid Michigan Driver’s license preferred.

15)Previous clinical experience in children’s residential treatment programs or equivalent knowledge preferred.

16)Computer literacy required in word processing.

17)Good moral character, emotionally stable, and of sufficient health, ability, experience, and education to perform the assigned duties and free of communicable tuberculosis.

18)Awareness and sensitivity of cultural differences among agency residents.

Essential skills and abilities:

13)Ability to assess, the level of family functioning using various measures to determine needed areas for treatment.

14) Ability to develop treatment goals and strategies to improve functioning of the children assigned to the caseload and possess skills and techniques to implement these plans and strategies.

15)Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

16)Ability to maintain accurate and complete records.

17)Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, children, referral agencies and families.

Primary responsibilities:

 

1)Arrange admissions, pre-placement interview with child and family.  Also obtains all required forms.

2)Secure all relevant information on child, birth family, foster family and adoptive family.

3)Organize and maintain case records and complete evaluations.

4)Responsible for preparing required Juvenile Court, County, State, and Mental Health reports and include periodic summary of family and child’s progress, goals and objectives.

5)Responsible for developing treatment goals and strategies to improve the functioning of the children assigned to the caseload.

6)Develops updated service plans by establishing objectives, action steps for resident and family, and therapeutic interventions of the Clinical Therapist to move toward the accomplishment of therapeutic goals.

7)Responsible for providing services to family, regular conferences with referring agencies, consultation regarding availability of community resources.

8)Responsible for providing services to child, including family, group or individual therapy, family group support, scheduling additional testing when needed.

9)Implements interventions with the youth and family through the use of individual and family sessions, home visits, and the planned activities in order to restructure the family’s organization.

10)Responsible for attending and presenting case materials at internal planning meetings as well as external meetings such as court hearings, foster care review, case assessment committee, etc.

11)Provides continuation of treatment and focus on adjustment of issues during aftercare to facilitate the reintegration of the family unit.

12)Develops necessary post-placement plans in conjunction with other team members, community services workers, parents and youth to optimize likelihood of successful return to the community

13)Maintains currency in the professions by reading various forms of professional literature, attending scheduled agency orientation and training classes or workshops, classes and conferences offered by schools or professional organizations.

14)Perform all duties in a manner consistent with the mission of Christ Child House.

15)Responsible for performing all duties as assigned by Director of Clinical Services.

 

This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Christ Child House administration.

CLINICAL THERAPIST – TRAUMA FOCUSED

General Description:  This position is responsible for playing a critical role in the day-to-day care of the children and youth with the use of Trauma Informed Care.  This treatment method allows us to look beyond a child's behavior to the deeper trauma that caused it. This approach helps heal the child so he can truly move successfully into adulthood.  This position uses therapeutic techniques, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assess the level of resident and family functioning; sets treatment goals and plans interventions with resident and family/referring agency; implements and delivers the agreed upon service; and evaluates the effectiveness of the interventions, plans, and the resident’s and family’s progress.  The Clinical Therapist shall also promote the mission and goals of Christ Child House as well as promote awareness, appreciation of, and sensitivity to the cultural background and needs of persons served by the agency, and respond to those needs.

Educational and work experience requirements:

19)Master’s Degree in Social Work or Masters of Arts from an accredited College or University or an advanced degree in a related field.

20)Valid Michigan Driver’s license.

21)Clinical experience in treating children with behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders.

22)Children’s residential treatment program experience preferred.

23)Proficient in computer applications.

24)Good moral character, emotionally stable, and of sufficient health, ability, experience, and education to perform the assigned duties, and free of communicable tuberculosis.

25)Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences among agency residents.

Essential skills and abilities:

18)Knowledge of the special needs and behavioral characteristics of children/adolescents with a serious emotional disturbance and a history of trauma.

19)Knowledge of the effects of trauma and experience with interventions appropriate to address trauma recovery.

20)Ability to assess and thoroughly complete diagnostic assessment and evaluation instruments to determine needed areas for treatment.

21)Ability to develop treatment goals and strategies to improve functioning of the children and youth in care.

22)Ability to perform trauma specific and behavior medication interventions.

23)Ability to communicate in an organized, timely and effective manner, through both written and oral expressive modes.

24)Ability to maintain accurate and complete records.

25)Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, children, referral agencies and families.

26)Ability to work a flexible schedule due to the special needs of the child and adolescent population and their families

 

Primary responsibilities:

16)Development of treatment plans for each resident, complete evaluations, evaluate the results and make changes to the plan as needed.

17)Keep up with current research to ensure that all treatments are based on evidence and consistent with the most up-to-date understanding of trauma treatment.

18)Organize and maintain case records.

19)Provide trauma-focused services to resident, including family, group or individual therapy and family group support.

20)Implement interventions with the youth and family through individual and family sessions, home visits, and planned activities in order to restructure the family’s organization.

21)Attend and present case materials at internal planning meetings as well as external meetings such as court hearings, foster care review, case assessment committee, etc.

22)Conduct and/or facilitate training on a variety of trauma competency topics to staff.

23)Perform all duties in a manner consistent with the mission of Christ Child House.

24)Perform all duties as assigned.

This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Christ Child House administration.

 

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