Youth Counselor

$13.50 - $14.00 hourly
  • Vista Maria
  • Dearborn Heights, MI, USA
  • Jul 30, 2020
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Plans and organizes work to meet all job requirements according to Agency and COA standards, licensing, and funding requirements.
  • Works cooperatively and in collaboration with other Vista Maria staff and representatives of other agencies.
  • Keeps supervisor informed on progress and performance goals as well as being a role model for the residents and staff.
  • Regularly prepares for and participates in supervision/unit//team and all other agency meetings as required.
  • Communicates observations and pertinent information to the Supervisor/Program Manager/Therapist as warranted.
  • Implements and monitors continuous quality improvement methods including acting as an agent to executed positive and proactive change where appropriate.
  • Attends and seeks out training to enhance professional development.
  • Contributes to the team on a daily basis and encourages staff morale.
  • Provides 100% of direct supervision and observation of the residents while on the floor, in school and activities as well as knowing the whereabouts of residents at all times.
  • Displays awareness of resident’s behavior and utilizes the proper intervention and appropriate consequences.
  • Transports residents to visits, appointments, privileged outings and/or court as assigned.
  • Leads/co-facilitates group and recreational therapy to share suggestions and ideas with co-workers as well as participates with residents to encourage resident participation.
  • Assures safety, security and sanitation standards are maintained in all work areas.
  • Completes daily routine and paperwork such as behavior sheets, observation notes, communication log, incident reports, as well as facilitating and/or participation in floor activities, etc.
  • Responsible for completing all assigned accountabilities and casework which includes a minimum 30-60 minutes of individual counseling per week, case logs, reports and/or assessments, behavioral contracts, PPR (Permanency Planning Review) forms, progress calls, and all other assigned accountabilities on time and thoroughly.
  • Participates in assisting residents in developing community relation skills (i.e. job hunting, outings, and community-based services – PRIMARILY IN THE VISTA PROGRAM.
  • Provides backup services and assistance to other units/programs when needed.
  • Completes all other related tasks as required or assigned by Supervisor and/or Program Manager. 

Other (school) Duties:

  • Ensures that residents are prepared and on time.
  • Monitors classroom/hallway professionally.
  • Monitors and assists in transporting of residents to and from class/school.
  • Communicate and assist teachers/co-workers professionally as needed. 

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate Human Services field from an accredited school or the equivalent in education and/or experience.
  • Ability to successfully pass medical and physical stamina examination in accordance with licensing and/or contract requirements.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in basic computer skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Valid MI driver’s license without relevant restrictions.