Relief (Part-Time) Residential
Youth Counselor - Specialized Residential Services
Friends of Youth has exciting
new openings for Relief (Part-Time) Residential Youth
Counselors in Kirkland, Washington and Renton, Washington.
The Youth Haven
shelter in Kirkland provides housing for homeless youth ages
7 – 17, and the New
Roads programs, in both Kirkland and Renton, provide housing
refugee youth ages 16 – 20.
A. General Tasks
1. Maintain a favorable living
- by ensuring
that residents have a safe and clean place in which to live.
demonstrating that residents are respected and understood as individuals.
demonstrating to residents that people care about them and will take care of
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
3. Model pleasant, positive attitude,
good disposition, and appropriate humor.
4. Demonstrate self control in
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
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
B. Housekeeping Tasks
1. Teach, supervise and model various
chores, including meal set-up and clean-up,
room care, residence and grounds
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
6. Prepare meals and snacks as
necessary. Support appropriate table behavior
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
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
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
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
5. Contribute to discussions, offer
input and feedback concerning both residents
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
9. Encourage the involvement of
family members or support persons when
E. Primary Counselor Responsibilities
1. Listen and respond to resident
concerns on an individual basis, helping him
clarify and understand his own
feelings, attitudes and behaviors.
2. Provide personal attention.
3. Respect confidentiality.
4. Demonstrate acceptance of, and
establish a positive relationship with each
5. Interact with residents in a
6. Understand dynamics of young adult
development, and incorporate knowledge
into daily interactions with
7. Take initiative to solve problems.
8. Assist in developing and
implementing individual service plans and Goal
9. Meet weekly with residents
assigned to you.
10. Maintain charts assuring
completeness in accordance with the Table of
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. Develop and implement assigned
residents' service plans with the collaboration
and approval by the Program Manager.
16. 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.
17. Create and maintain the
18. Complete any other tasks assigned
by supervisors or management.
19. Provide group facilitation.
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
4. Show congruency between verbal and
5. Maintain daily communication log
and milieu notes of behavior on each resident
6. Set up accounts, log entry, and
disburse allowance and earnings funds for
residents consistent with program
7. Record medication receipts and
disbursements as directed by Medical
8. Record fund receipts and
9. Assist in maintaining belongings
inventories for residents.
10. Complete incident reports per
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
3. One year of experience in working
with youth, high risk youth experience
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
7. Must pass TB screening.
8. Must successfully pass criminal
history check (WAC 388-148-0035).
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
Relief residential youth
counselors should be available to work non-traditional hours.
Typical shifts are day (8 AM – 4 PM), swing (4 PM – 12 AM),
and graveyard (12 AM
– 8 AM). Relief staff is scheduled, at their
availability, to cover for full-time staff that
is on vacation or sick. Relief counselors are needed during
the week and on
weekends and holidays. Holiday pay is offered at time and a
$12 - 14 / hour
Program Manager and Supervisor
Kirkland / Renton
Open until filled
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