Residential Youth Counselor

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Open Door Youth Services

Open Door Youth Services provides residential care for children who have been removed from home for a variety of reasons. The children are assured safety above all. This program provides a structured environment where children know what to expect as well as what’s expected of them. Children are exposed to an environment in which they can incrementally learn and build on various skills like appropriate decision-making, and independent living. They have access to a library, TV’s, computers and outdoor recreation. Youth Counselors are an important part of this team and ensure quality programming is provided for the youth and the Community.

All shifts have openings, and applicants must be willing to work some holidays and weekends. (1st shift 8am-4pm, 2nd shift 4pm-12am, and 3rd shift 12am-8am)


Job Duties:
Focuses on building a strong, positive rapport with residents.
Interacts with residents, modeling appropriate behavior and boundaries.
Becomes familiar with the particular details of residents’ lives and circumstances.
Provides supervision for assigned residents, including monitoring and/or escorting them in a variety of daily activities.
Utilizes incentives as outlined in a phase system to help improve resident decision-making skills.
Documents completely and professionally on each resident’s daily progress note.
Documents completely and professionally in the staff log.
Receives and processes new residents, and discharges residents as outlined in policies and procedures.
Follows the daily schedule as it is posted.
Supervises and assists residents with performing regular chores like cleaning and laundry.
Following policies and procedures related to youths’ contact with family, including phone calls and personal visits, and documents contact in the appropriate log. Oversees contact as appropriate and assigned.
Assists with transportation of residents to and from outside appointments, court hearings, etc. as assigned.
Dispenses medications as indicated by physician’s orders and policies and procedures, and records it in the appropriate log.
Attends staff meetings and training as they are scheduled.
Communicates regularly and openly with supervisors and fellow staff regarding policies, processes, residents’ behavior, etc.
Communicates effectively and professionally with parents, other service providers, fellow staff, and other adults.
Abides by all relevant administrative rules, regulations, and policies, as trained and instructed.

Job Requirements:
Must be at least 21 years of age per state regulations.
High school diploma or equivalency.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
Must pass an extensive background check.
Complete employee file requirements (outlined by the Office Manager).
Willingness to gain a working knowledge of the policies and procedures.
Willingness to obtain certification in First Aid and CPR, with continuing completion of certification requirements.
Ongoing participation in training as required by the agency and state administrative code.

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