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Position Title

    Overnight Residential Youth Counselor for Immigrant and Refugee Youth,
    New Roads Kingsgate


    Friends of Youth operates two staffed residential programs in Kirkland, Washington
    that provide housing and supportive services for unaccompanied refugee youth ages
    16-20. We are currently seeking to hire a full-time Overnight Residential Youth
    Counselor for an awake shift providing supervision to youth in the program from
    midnight to 8:00 a.m. Applicants should have a passion for working with underserved
    youth and young adults. Experience working with clients from diverse cultural
    backgrounds is strongly preferred. Applicants who are bilingual in English and a
    second language are highly desirable.


    A. Resident Checks
        1. Performs regularly and irregularly scheduled bed checks, making certain that all
        residents are accounted for by looking at physical indicators including their hair,
        skin and breathing movements.
        2. Counselors are responsible to know the whereabouts of every resident at all
        times and document in the communication log every time a physical check is
        3. The graveyard counselor must be awake the entire shift.

    B. Security and Maintenance Checks
        1. Check/lock all doors and windows of building, inside and outside. Turn off lights
        not required for security (and after daylight).
        2. Check the program vehicle for locked doors and windows.
        3. Complete at least one ground check per shift and more if suspicion warrants.
        4. Complete house searches for any contraband on a regularly scheduled basis
        and report findings to the Program Supervisor.
        5. Assess the house for any maintenance or security concerns and report findings
        to the Program Supervisor.

    C. Laundry
        1. Wash kitchen rags, towels or bedding as requested by the Program Supervisor.

    D. Cleaning
        1. Clean staff office on a daily basis (vaccumming, emptying recycling, organizing
        2. Clean staff office bathroom on daily basis, emptying trash cans, cleaning sinks,
        toilet, counter, etc.
        2. Do general house cleanup as required; this to include washing any dishes used
        for graveyard shift snacks.
        3. Leave a note for day staff if house is found to be messy/dirty so that follow up
        with incomplete resident chores can be done.

    E. Medication Management
        1. Count program resident medication to assure accuracy as requested by the
        Program Supervisor.
        2. Review all youth’s medication logs to assure accuracy.
        3. Report all missed medications or errors to the Program Supervisor and Program

    F. Wake Up Routines
        1. Perform wake up functions according to residents’ schedules for school and
        2. Remind all residents of their schedules for the day.
        3. Supervise and engage with residents while they prepare, eat and clean-up after

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. A Bachelor of Arts Degree in the social science field is preferred.
        2. One year of experience in working with emotionally disturbed youth.
        3. Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one by
        date of employment.
        4. 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.
        5. Must have a Red Cross First Aid Card, CPR and Food Handlers permit,
        HIV/AIDs training, or be able to obtain one within thirty days of employment.
        6. Must pass TB screening.
        7. Must successfully pass criminal history check (WAC 388-148-0035).
        8. Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.
        9. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Understand the dynamics of troubled youth and incorporate knowledge into daily
        interactions with youth.
        2. Ability to show tolerance and acceptance of youth.
        3. Understand nature of youth/adult relationship. Is comfortable with, and accepts
        role of authority.
        4. Good role model.
        5. Demonstrate control in stressful situations.
        6. Know personal stressors and weaknesses, and work to overcome them.
        7. Knowledge of relevant COA standards, or willingness to become familiar with
        them, and participation in a Performance and Quality Improvement process.
        8. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and a
        commitment to the value of cultural competency.


    Sunday - Thursday 12AM - 8AM (Friday and Saturday are days off)


    $30,763 - $31,824 starting salary

Reports to

    Program Supervisor



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


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

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