Youth Advocate I
*Full Time, Part Time and Sub Opportunities Available*
Provides the children in the Residential Treatment Programs direct care support and counseling based on the asset building treatment plans developed by the therapist and treatment team. Assures that a positive, non-coercive, non-punitive and strength-based therapeutic milieu is maintained so all children are treated with dignity and respect and are able to progress towards being safe and thriving physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
- Insures that all residents are closely monitored and supervised at all times on and off grounds.
- Regularly familiarizes self with information pertaining to the youth, unit dynamics and activities by reading files, logs, hall calendar, etc.
- Participates in planning and implementing the activities of the living halls and individual resident.
- Provides oversight of family visits, tutor/mentor meetings, spiritual programming or worship services and other visits as indicated by the therapist, individual treatment plan or program procedures.
- Insures that all specific duties unique to each work shift are completed (e.g. groups, laundry, meal duties, etc.).
- Completes all required paperwork with clarity, in a timely manner and in line with program policies and procedures including resident logs and incident reports.
- Dispenses medications as directed by medical personnel and according to agency policies and procedures.
- Regularly transports clients for medical appointments, recreation outings and other appointments or activities.
- Attends all required supervision appointments, team meetings, trainings and other meetings.
- Effectively follows the procedures outlined in the Residential Staff Manual.
High school graduate or GED required, Bachelor degree in human service field preferred. Experience and strong desire to work with emotionally impairedyouth ages 5-17 helpful. Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
The Physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Mobility and capacity to manage a violent and/or self-abusive child when restraint is required to assure safety. Ability to stand and/or walk up to 8 hours per shift. May be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 50 pounds. Emotionally able to work with information that may be traumatic in nature, as well as, work with individuals or families in crisis or experiencing trauma.
Beginning Pay Rate:
$10.25/hour (raise at 6 months and annual raises thereafter according to the CBA)
Part Time Benefits: Paid Time Off / Retirement Plan offered to Employees classified over 20 hours/week
Full Time Benefits: Full Benefits Package including a Retirement Pension Plan / Paid Time Off / Holiday Pay