Youth Care Worker
EmberHope Youthville is looking for multiple Youth Care Workers to join our team in Newton! EmberHope’s residential programs are rooted in faith and committed to caring for youth in an innovative way that encourages growth mentally, physically and creatively. Trauma-informed services address youth behaviors by improving the youth’s problem solving abilities, building healthy relationships and improving social, educational and daily living skills. EmberHope has three different facilities on the Newton Campus. They are an Emergency Shelter, a Youth Residential Center II (YRCII) and a Secure Care Facility. In this position you will provide constant supervision and guidance of girls ages 6-18 placed in these programs.
- Provide a safe and secure teaching environment for youth and a working environment that encourages effective staff teamwork, interdependence and ethical behavior.
- Serve as a role model in carrying out the EmberHope mission, values and vision.
- Follow agency and department policy and procedures.
- Operate according to the residential department operations Manual.
- Meet departmental goals and outcomes.
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (eligible the first day of the month following your date of hire)
- Personal Leave (Paid Time Off begins accruing with your first paycheck)
- 401(k) and 403(b) (eligible after 6 months of employment)
- Life Insurance (provided at no cost)
- Long Term Disability (employer paid benefit)
- Medical Flexible Spending Account
- Dependent Daycare Reimbursement.
- Met Life Voluntary Plans (available plans include 24-Hour Accident, Cancer/Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Whole Life)
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Have a High School diploma or equivalent required.
- 3 semester hours of college-leveled study in adolescent development, psychology, or a related subject or must be actively and continuously working toward the completion of the three semester hours preferred.
- One year of experience as a child care worker or house parent in a facility serving youth of the same age, preferred.
- Maintain agency-required trainings.
- Have the ability to work various shift and weekends.
- Required to physically assist in the verbal and physical restraint of youth by utilizing appropriate CPI techniques. Physical restraint techniques include the ability to support another adult’s weigh, twisting and turning maneuver, and an overall intense physical exertion. (Training will be provided for proper CPI/restraint techniques at hire).
- See well enough to read reports, monitor youth, drive a vehicle, and observe discrete behaviors. Hear well enough to converse on telephone and hear comments mumbled under breath. Speak well enough to teach skills, give feedback, discuss strategies and converse on telephone. Body movement or mobility to track behaviors of youth moving around residence. Ability to walk up stairs, get into and out of vehicle, accompany youth to off campus appointments.
- Have the dexterity to write, cook, type on a keyboard and help with recreational activities.
- Have the strength to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. alone and additional weight with assistance and the stamina to work on your feet, as needed for 12-hour shifts.
- Be able to tolerate constant interruptions, inappropriate behaviors from youth and the potential for verbal and physical threats.