Youth Care Specialist - Madison Youth Ranch
Location: Pinetta, FL
The primary role of the Youth Care Specialist (YCS) is to oversee the day-to-day care and supervision of the residents assigned to his/her cottage. The YCS is responsible for monitoring all the aspects of daily cottage life and is, in essence, a primary person caring for the child/youth during his/her stay at the Florida United Methodist Children's Home-Madison Youth Ranch.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Minimum age requirement – 21 years old
High School Diploma or equivalent required
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Experience with at risk youth in a residential setting preferred
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
Ability to effectively work with youth whose behaviors reflect that of trauma related experiences
Willingness to actively engage/interact with children and youth
Possess strong communication skills including accurate and detailed writing abilities for case notes to meet all Medicaid and billing requirements
Demonstrate high personal standards that serve as a model for youth
Ability to work effectively with co-workers to support and implement the Teaching Family Model of Care and holistic program philosophy
Ability to work with the Treatment Team to make decisions on issues related to the residents
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 follow directions from direct supervisor
Ability to handle multiple tasks and make sound decisions, evidencing good judgement
Ability to observe individuals and report accurate findings
Ability to handle emergencies and follow appropriate protocols
Ability to intervene to protect a client
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, REGISTRATION
Valid Florida or Georgia Driver's License, based on applicant’s residence (with passenger endorsement).
The YCS is responsible for completion of required trainings and certifications within the first 90 days of employment or as required by regulation
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Know, understand and carry out agency policies and procedures in the cottage and on-campus as dictated by the Policy and Procedures Manual and assigned supervisor
Follow supervisor directives to where they are needed in the Residential Care programs.
Create an atmosphere conducive to growth and development of the children/youth of his/her cottage as individuals and as a cottage group, as well as contributing to a positive milieu in the cottage that includes all residents and staff
Assist the children/youth in their cottage and in their adjustment to group living without weakening their ties to their natural families or significant others in the child/youth's life
Introduce and familiarize residents with various campus departments and personnel as it relates to holistic approach to treatment. They will encourage residents to consistently attend and positively participate in activities provided by chapel, educational and recreational staff
Maintain the cottage, its furnishings, and its grounds. This includes daily cleaning and supervision residents when they do chores, and modeling the completion of chores with them.
Plan and provide for the transportation for children/youth in their cottage to various functions and activities that may include, but not limited to, special earned outings, school functions, medical appointments, etc. This requires appropriate notification and documentation
Provide for the nutritional needs of the children/youth in his/her cottage including the preparation of meals according to approved commissary menu, along with implementation and all necessary documents with the menus and commissary
Provide for the health and clothing needs of each resident in the cottage. This includes over the counter medications, proper documentation (as assigned) of medication. Clothing needs are to be communicated through the clothing room and purchase order if required
Conduct oneself as a “role model” for children; establish and maintain professional boundaries with children/youth in the cottage; provide appropriate direction for children/youth in their daily routines; give children and youth positive reinforcement as appropriate
Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and/or training as required
Maintain the order, safety, cleanliness of the facility, housekeeping and adequate supervision of residents at all times.
Ensure maintenance issues are communicated to the appropriate people timely and follow up if there is a delay in completion. They maintain all necessary maintenance documentation.
Provide Behavioral Health Overlay Services (BHOS) to clients under the direction and supervision of the Clinical Coordinator, of Emergency Shelter and/or Therapeutic Group Home
Responsible for documentation according to agency policy, i.e. daily progress notes, incident reports, e-mail communication and is familiar with the computer resources in the staff office
Efficiently administer and document medications as prescribed to children/youth in cottages
Implement the Teaching Family Model of care and recording behaviors through point sheets, BHOS, communication logs, and providing reinforces at appropriate times
Support the clinical work the therapists are providing with the residents through interacting with residents in a manner that supports their clinical goals
SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Consistently attend Sunday and Wednesday Chapel/weekly Bible Study services with residents
Participate in team meetings
Assist in the accumulation of data and the formulation of service plans for the Model of Care
Monitor and support auxiliary services (recreational, religious, counseling, etc.) rendered to the child
Participate in in-service training that is required by regulatory entities and as assigned by the Team Leader
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Applicants: Do you believe that every child deserves a healthy, happy, nurturing environment in which to grow? Are you a service oriented individual willing to dedicate your career to enriching the lives of children and families? If so, view our open positions and apply to become a member of our team. Please click on the position you are interested in at https://www.fumch.org/about-fumch/employment/ and submit your resume and application Or send your resume and cover letter to Lynda Longson, Recruiter with the job title listed in the subject line – mention CFEC.org job posting . If you have questions call 386.668.4774, Ext. 2613
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