On-Call Youth Counselor - Bilingual (Spanish & English)

YouthCare - Seattle, WA (30+ days ago)3.8


Provide on-site supervision, while maintaining professional boundaries in providing crisis intervention to residents. Must be able to apply positive behavior modification techniques and model effective de-escalation and problem-solving skills.
Act as a professional representative of YouthCare and maintain a professional working environment (office, personal work space, agency vehicle, etc.).
Maintains a flexible work schedule (filling shifts on some weekends, early and/or late hours) and must be willing to be cross-trained in providing support with shift coverage in on-call basis for the program and the agency, as required by individual program needs.
With direction from Manager or Supervisor, help plan for, direct and/or provide support for recreational, educational, and therapeutic activities that are in alignment with treatment and permanency goals.
Instruct and assist youth in self-care skills/tasks, including personal care and preparing food for meals and snacks in accordance with posted menus. May be required to assist in packing client belongings and cleaning and sanitizing of exited bedrooms.
Depending on program needs, at designated times, prepare and cook meals for up to 20 clients.
Attend and fully participate in training sessions as required (a minimum of six in-service or equivalent training sessions per year).
Oversee the safety and cleanliness of the facility, including the restrooms, laundry room, the community room, and adjoining deck. Perform light janitorial work, including vacuuming carpets; taking out trash; sweeping/mopping floors; and similar tasks. Compile maintenance requests and submit to Program Manager or Program Supervisor as needed.
May need to dispense medication, and complete related documentation. May need to perform weekly medical reconciliation and update med binder forms and complete all required documentation according to individual program procedures and timelines.
Complete incident reports on any facility damage, medical emergencies or any incident which occurs out of the ordinary daily functioning of the house.
This job description is not intended to cover every aspect of your job at YouthCare. We are a team that works together to meet the needs of our clients and every member of the team is expected to pitch in and help even beyond the specific responsibilities listed in this description.

QUALIFICATIONS –

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
1 year of experience successfully working with at-risk-youth or young adults in a crisis, during outreach efforts or in residential setting.
High School Diploma or GED
Fluency in Spanish, both written and oral.
Experience and credentials must comply with program contract requirements including but not limited to DSHS background check and must be at least 21 years of age.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor’s Degree or experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.
Background in a multi-cultural setting strongly preferred.
Course work, experience, or training in child or human development, chemical dependency, mental illness, group dynamics, residential treatment, or related experience highly preferred.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Valid State identification or passport.
Current TB Test.
Food Handler's Card.
Successful completion of pre-service training as required by contracting agency. Training will include: New Employee Training, Cultural Proficiency training, CPR/First Aid and HIV/AIDS training, CSEC and Right Response training, Defensive Driving and 15-Passenger Van training.
When driving YouthCare vehicles, you must possess a valid WA State Driver’s License; meet minimum safe driver criteria established by the agency and our insurance company.
Must have reliable transportation to get to work and be punctual to start assigned shifts.
The ability and willingness to operate a 15-passenger van to transport clients.
Ability to deal therapeutically with behavioral and emotional problems presented by youth and understanding of emotionally, physically and sexually abused youth.
Ability to accurately maintain and produce files, records, logs and reports.
Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients while building trust and respect.
Ability to verbally and physically respond to an aggressive person in ways that de-escalate, establish and maintain staff and youth safety.
May be required to assume responsibilities or duties within the Unit not specifically delineated in this job description for short periods of time or on an infrequent basis.
Commitment to YouthCare’s initiative to build cultural proficiency across the agency. Acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to perform range of physical motions, exerting up to 50 pounds. Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; running for brief periods of time; and go up and down stairs.