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Position Title

    Residential Youth Counselor - New Roads Kingsgate

Description

    Friends of Youth provides residential services and programming in a small group
    home setting for up to five unaccompanied refugee and immigrant youth at the New
    Roads Kingsgate program. We are currently hiring for a residential youth counselor
    to work in this program. Applicants who are bilingual in Spanish and English are
    preferred, although applicants with relevant experience that do not speak Spanish
    will also be considered. All applicants should have a passion for working with youth
    and young adults. Previous experience working with refugee and immigrant youth is
    highly desired.

Responsibilities

    A. General Tasks
        1. Maintain a favorable living environment:
            - by ensuring that residents have a safe and clean place in which to live.
            - by demonstrating that residents are respected and understood as individuals.
            - by demonstrating to residents that people care about them and will take care
            of them.
            - by demonstrating that adults can help them deal with unacceptable
            behavior without being punitive, retaliatory, or rejecting.
            - by modeling appropriate behavior, language and attitudes.
        2. Participate in incorporating and supervising relief staff, student interns and
        volunteers in performing program activities in cooperation with the volunteer
        coordinator.
        3. Model pleasant, positive attitude, good disposition, and appropriate humor.
        4. Demonstrate self control in stressful situations.
        5. Use preventative as opposed to reactive behavior management skills.
        6. Complete a De-escalation and Restraint training within the first 45 days of
        employment to be eligible to be involved in the restraint of a resident if necessary.
        7. Provide academic support and tutoring to help residents meet their education
        goals.
        8. Remain visible and available to residents at all times.
        9. Facilitate regularly scheduled groups and call groups as needed to address
        house problems and concerns.
        10. When needed, accompany residents to court, medical, dental, or other
        appointments in the community.
        11. Assist in planning a wide range of recreational and vocational activities.
        Occasionally be available for extended recreational outings.
        12. Develop plans with residents for constructive use of free time.
        13. Participate in gaining educational support through the local school district
        and community colleges.

    B. Housekeeping Tasks
        1. Teach, supervise and model various chores, including meal set-up and
        clean-up, room care, residence and grounds maintenance.
        2. Take initiative for and supervise residents while completing household
        tasks.
        3. Demonstrate concern and pride in the environment. Create a clean and
        pleasant surrounding and encourage safe and careful treatment of all agency
        property.
        4. Take responsibility for reporting any damage to agency property and
        when appropriate, discipline for damage in accord with Friends of Youth policy.
        5. Maintain linen, toiletry and clothing items. Teach, encourage and model
        personal hygiene.
        6. Prepare meals and snacks as necessary. Support appropriate table behavior
        and conversation.
        7. Maintain prescribed medications in a secure area and dispense as instructed.
        8. Assist residents with school assignments and meet with teachers to review
        assignments and/or special instructions.

    C. Monitoring Tasks
        1. Make every effort to protect and secure resident's property.
        2. Monitor residents' health, transport to medical appointments as assigned
        by Program Supervisor/Medical Coordinator.
        3. Monitor and document the whereabouts of all residents at all times.
        4. Report any known or suspected abuse, exploitation or neglect of residents
        in consultation with management to Child Protective Services.
        5. Monitor and assist Program Supervisor in training volunteers, interns and
        relief staff in the completion of their duties and service time.

    D. Participate as a Member of the Team
        1. Assist in establishing healthy goals in various program areas consistent
        with agency policy, subject to review of the Program Manager. Monitor
        performance in relation to the goals, providing feedback and modifying them
        as necessary.
        2. Read each service plan, become familiar with specific goals for each
        resident.
        3. Be familiar with both the agency philosophy and program.
        4. Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
        5. Contribute to discussions, offer input and feedback concerning both residents
        and co-workers.
        7. Initiate conflict resolution.
        8. Display positive morale, speak positively and objectively about the
        program.
        9. Attend agency or professional training, seminars, or conferences to
        increase professional knowledge.
        10. Encourage the involvement of family members or support persons when
        appropriate.

    E. Primary Counselor Responsibilities
        1. Listen and respond to resident concerns on an individual basis, helping clarify
        and understand their own feelings, attitudes and behaviors.
        2. Provide personal attention.
        3. Respect confidentiality.
        4. Demonstrate acceptance of, and establish a positive relationship with each
        resident.
        5. Interact with residents in a non-judgmental manner.
        6. Understand dynamics of young adult development, and incorporate
        knowledge into daily interactions with residents.
        7. Take initiative to solve problems.
        8. Assist in developing and implementing service plans and monthly plans as
        approved by the Program Manager.
        9. Meet weekly with residents as assigned.
        10. Maintain charts assuring completeness in accordance with the Table of
        Contents.
        11. Complete and submit all service plans and reports, quarterly reports, and
        discharge summaries to the Program Manager for approval in a timely manner.
        12. Assist the LCSNW Case Manager by completing and submitting the
        required paperwork per policy and procedure.
        13. As requested, present the resident’s case in team meeting
        14. Help residents develop an appropriate, healthy, supportive relationship with
        peers and staff. Help the resident clarify the reason for placement.
        15. In conjunction with the LCSNW Case Manager and consistent with residents'
        service plans, maintain contact with those significant people in the resident's life
        who support his growth and have ongoing involvement in his case.
        16. Create and maintain the residents' charts.
        17. Complete any other tasks assigned by supervisors or management.

    F. Communicate Information in Verbal, Non-Verbal, Written Form, and Maintain
    Required Forms and Records
        1. Provide objective descriptive narrative of behavior events in all writing.
        2. Understand and separate one's own belief and value system from
        interpretation on behavior and events.
        3. Be straight-forward and concise in communications.
        4. Show congruency between verbal and non-verbal messages.
        5. Maintain daily communication log and milieu notes of behavior on each
        resident per shift.
        6. Set up accounts, log entry, and disburse allowance and earnings funds for
        residents consistent with program guidelines.
        7. Record medication receipts and disbursements as directed by the Program
        Supervisor, Program Manager or Lead staff.
        8. Record fund receipts and disbursements.
        9. Assist in maintaining belongings inventories for residents.
        10. Complete incident reports per policy.
        11. Complete other reports as requested by supervisor(s).
        12. Maintain vehicle mileage log.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Bachelor of Arts Degree in the social sciences area is preferred.
        2. Bilingual in Spanish and English is preferred.
        3. One year of experience in working with youth, high risk youth experience
        preferred.
        4. Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one
        by date of employment.
        5. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
        on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s)
        on Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies
        with    the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        6. Must have a Red Cross First Aid Card, CPR and Food Handlers permit, or be
        able to obtain one within thirty days of employment.
        7. Must pass TB screening.
        8. Must successfully pass criminal history check (WAC 388-148-0035).
        9. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Knowledge of laws, policies, and ethical concerns relating to confidentiality.
        2. Able to accept the role of authority in youth/adult relationship.
        3. Role model health, good attitude and appropriate humor.
        4. Know personal stressors and weaknesses, and work to overcome them.
        5. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and
        a commitment to the value of cultural competency.

Hours

    Full Time

Salary

    The pay scale for full-time applicants is from $15-16/hr with full medical
    and dental benefits. Residential Youth counselors work a non-traditional schedule
    that typically requires availability to work weekends and a mix of day shift and
    swing shift hours.

Reports to

    Program Manager and Supervisor

Location

    Kirkland

Application Deadline

    Open until filled

Contact

    Send cover letter and resume to Bailee Bryant at bailee@friendsofyouth.org

Job Posting Date

    11/13/17
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