LINE OF RESPONSIBILITY: Responsible to the House Manager.
FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Youth Care Worker utilizes the house program as established by the House Manager to assure a consistent environment for the youth in their care. The Youth Care Worker establishes and maintains a positive, adult/youth relationship with each youth in the home, caring for those youth as directed by the supervisor and Policy & Procedure and participates in the operation of all aspects of the home as directed by the supervisor.
E = essential function; M = marginal function
- Provides appropriate supervision of youth at all times as directed by supervisor and Policy and Procedure and house protocol. (E)
- Provides situational training to youth as directed by the supervisor. Topics may include: personal hygiene, personal responsibility, health and independent living skills. Provides basic hygiene and health services through example and instruction.(E)
- Teaches home management skills. Topics may include: menu planning, cooking, cleaning, operating appliances and basic home maintenance. (E)
- Assists the youth in learning to budget and manage money. (E)
- Assures that clothing is appropriate for the youth and enforces the House’s dress code. (E)
- Provides situational counseling as directed by the supervisor. (E)
- Ensures each youth in the home has all of the rights provided in “The Rights of Children in Care at The Villages, Inc.” as adopted by the Board and printed in the Policy and Procedures Manual. (E)
- Participates with the youth in positive leisure time activities and age appropriate social events in the community as directed by the supervisor. (E)
- Exposes the youth to nature conservation, recycling, other environmental concerns and physical challenges and activities. Participates with the youth in outdoor programs and ropes course under the guidance of a Ropes Course Facilitator, as well as the nature preserve The Villages owns and maintains. (M)
- Exposes the youth to cultural and social values and models values that reinforce socially acceptable behaviors and stimulate cultural interests. (E)
- Prepares meals and appropriate snacks each day which meet Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements in an environment which provides a positive focal point of family life. (E)
- Teaches and models appropriate communication skills to express thoughts and feelings. (E)
- Addresses social living skills, including communication, self-worth, self and social awareness and appropriate attitudes and conduct toward authority, parents, peers and younger children. (E)
- Completes daily log entries for each youth in accordance with KS Dept of Children and Families (DCF) and the KS Dept. of Health and Environment (KDHE) requirements at the end of every shift. (E)
- Utilizes the behavior management system in the home which is in compliance with KDHE regulations and meets all Villages’ requirements. (E)
- Administers appropriate medications as prescribed. The Youth Care Specialist shall enter all such medication administrations on a medication log for each youth following administration of the medication in accordance with KDHE requirements and shall ensure that all medications are kept in a locked storage area. (E)
- Drives a 15-passenger van as needed. (M)
- Completes 18 documented clock hours of in-service training annually. (E)
- Upon hire, attends 32 hours of pre-service training provided by The Villages before functioning independently. (E)
- Assists the House Manager in maintaining the house and other Villages’ property in accordance with Villages’ guidelines and KDHE requirements. (E)
- Assures that the home and designated outdoor spaces near the home are properly cleaned and maintained as directed by the supervisor. (E)
- Notifies the supervisor when any maintenance in the home is required. Exceptions will be made only in the case of an emergency. (E)
- Ensures that all Villages property, including computers and electrical equipment and furniture and appliances in the home, is properly cared for and maintained. (E)
- Follows all guidance provided in the Policy and Procedure Manual and other documents outlining policy, procedure and/or protocol. (E)
- Assures the safety and security of all youth and staff by performing room searches and personal searches of the youth as necessary. All searches shall meet the requirements of The Villages. (M)
- Maintains appropriate, satisfactory and harmonious relationships with the public, fellow employees and youth. (E)
- When on night shift, remains awake at all times, completes required bed checks, and completes other assigned duties. (E)
- Accepts additional duties as assigned. (M)
- A minimum age of 21 years, with at least 3 years age difference between the incumbent and oldest youth who can be admitted to the house.
- A high school diploma or GED.
- Pass a KBI and CANIS background check.
- A good driving record in order to be insured by The Villages’ insurance company.
- Be able to lift and carry a minimum of 30 pounds.
- Characteristics that will enable the development of positive and caring relationships with the youth in their care.
- Some college coursework.
- Experience working with youth in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
Additional duties may be added or changes may be made at the discretion of the Executive Director. These duties may be assigned orally.