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    Overnight Residential Youth Counselor, New Roads Kingsgate


    Friends of Youth operates two staffed residential programs in Kirkland, Washington
    that provide housing and supportive services for unaccompanied refugee and
    immigrant male 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 Sunday-Thursday, midnight to 8:00 a.m. Applicants
    should have a passion for working with underserved youth and young adults.    
    Experience working with youth from diverse cultural backgrounds is strongly
    preferred. Applicants who are bilingual in English and a second language are
    preferred. The position’s hourly rate is $15.08 - $17.16


    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 checks is
        3. The graveyard counselor must be awake during the entire shift.

    B. Security 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.

    C. Laundry
        1. Do house laundry when necessary (i.e. when there is enough for at least one
        full load).
        2. Wash exiting residents' bedding and towels as directed by Program Supervisor

    D. Miscellaneous Tasks
        1. Check the Grave Notes daily on the house Outlook calendar and perform
        tasks listed.
        2. Check the house Outlook calendar daily and communicate any appointments,
        activities, or scheduling issues to residents and incoming day staff.
        3. Do general cleanup as required; this to include washing any dishes used for
        graveyard shift snacks.
        4. Run and unload the dishwasher if full.
        5. Empty garbage/recycling from staff office, kitchen, and bathrooms each shift.

    E. Documentation
        1. Counselors should document the status of residents at least every thirty
        minutes in the Communication Log. At two randomly scheduled times the
        graveyard counselor should conduct a physical check of the residents in their
        2. Near the end of the shift, document in milieu section of the chart on each
        resident, recording any movement/incident throughout the night and morning.
        3. Record "resident appeared sleeping throughout the night" if there was no
        4. If necessary, complete Incident Reports (see Incident Report Documentation    
        Policy) and leave notes if there are questions around graveyard responsibilities.

    F. Wake Up Routines
        1. Perform wake up functions according to residents’ schedules for school and
        2. Supervise residents while they prepare, eat and clean up after breakfast.

    The following are additional tasks that are requested of all Residential Youth
    Counselors in the program. The Graveyard staff member is expected to be able to
    complete the following tasks but may not engage in them on a regular basis due to
    the shift schedule being overnight when most residents are usually sleeping.

    G. Floor Management Tasks
        1. Maintain a favorable living environment in which the residents live:
            • by insuring that residents have a safe and clean place in which to live.
            • by demonstrating to youth that they are respected and understood as
            • by demonstrating to youth 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, rejecting.
            • by demonstrating that youth will receive protection and guidance in
            controlling their impulses until their own controls are established.
            • by providing youth help with their problems in the group, school, community,
            and with their families.
            • by modeling appropriate behavior, language and attitudes.
        2. Model pleasant, positive attitude and disposition.
        3. Demonstrate self-control in stressful situations.
        4. Use preventative as opposed to reactive floor management skills.
        5. Maintain appropriate physical structure and house schedule and safety.
        6. Remain visible and available to residents at all times.
        7. Assist in planning a wide range of recreational activities. Occasionally be
        available for extended recreational outings.
        8. Develop plan with residents for constructive use of free time.

    H. Housekeeping Tasks
        1. Teach and supervise various chores, including meal set-up and clean-up,
        residence and grounds maintenance.
        2. Take initiative for and supervise residents in completing allowance chores and
        household tasks.
        3. Demonstrate concern and pride in the environment. Create clean and
        pleasant surroundings. Encourage safe and careful treatment of all agency
        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. Require appropriate table behavior
        and conversation.
        7. Maintain prescribed medications in a secure area and dispense as
        8. Assist residents with school assignments, when necessary meet with
        teachers to review assignments and/or special instructions.
        9. Register residents in community school programs as necessary, arrange
        transportation, and monitor behavior, attendance and academic progress.

    I. Monitoring Tasks   
        1. Make every effort to protect and secure resident's property.
        2. Monitor residents' health, arrange medical appointments as assigned,
        transport to doctor as assigned.
        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.

    J. Participate as a Member of the Staff Support Team
        1. Read each youth goal plan, become familiar with specific goals for each
        2. Be familiar with both the agency treatment philosophy and program, as well
        as the individual treatment and goals for each resident.
        3. Attend and participate in staff meetings if applicable.
        4. Provide transportation as necessary.
        5. Contribute to discussions, offer input and feedback concerning both residents
        and co-workers.
        6. Initiate conflict resolution.
        7. Display positive morale, speak positively and objectively about the program.
        8. Attend agency or professional training, seminars, or conferences to increase
        professional knowledge.
        9. Encourage the involvement of family members and support persons where

    K. Communicate Information in Verbal, Non-Verbal and Written Form and Maintain
    Required Forms and Records
        1. Provide objective descriptive narrative of behavior events.
        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
        6. Set up accounts, log entry, and disburse allowance and earnings funds for
        residents consistent with state and agency guidelines.
        7. Record medication receipts and disbursements.
        8. Record fund receipts and disbursements.
        9. Assist in yearly inventory.
        10. Complete incident reports per agency policy.
        12. Complete other reports as requested by supervisor(s).

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Minimum of a High School Diploma or high school equivalency course (GED)
        2. One year of experience in working or volunteering with youth preferred.
        3. Valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one by date of
        4. 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
        5. Red Cross First Aid Card, CPR and Food Handlers permit, or be able to obtain
        one within thirty days of employment.
        6. TB screening.
        7. Successfully pass criminal history check
        8. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Must understand the dynamics of refugee and immigrant youth and
        incorporate a trauma informed care approach in all daily interactions with youth.
        2. Be able to understand nature of youth/adult relationship.
        3. Model healthy and appropriate boundaries.
        4. Be able to demonstrate control in stressful situations.
        5. Know personal stressors and weaknesses, and work to overcome them.
        6. 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)


    $15.08 - $17.16 / hour

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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