Youth Worker
Community Resources for Justice - Somerville, MA

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For over 100 years, Community Resources for Justice has cared for and supported some of our most challenged residents.

Whether transitioning offenders back into mainstream society, diverting at-risk youth away from crime and toward productive and fulfilling lives, or providing those with intellectual disabilities with a chance to grow and flourish in the community, CRJ welcomes and fosters change.

Our research and consulting services advance evidence-based practices inform systems-level change while our community-based programs promote public safety and individual growth for some of society’s most challenged individuals.

Our Social Justice Services Division offers residential and community-based programs which, for adults, focus on re-entry support for men and women involved with county, state and federal criminal justice systems. The youth programs provide structured and goal-oriented programming for neglected, at-risk and delinquent youth. In both cases, our goal is to foster positive lifestyle changes, preparing our consumers for successful family reunification and community reintegration.

At CRJ, our employees believe that society gains when all people are given the support and tools to lead responsible, productive and dignified lives.

Responsibilities:

The Youth Worker is responsible for the welfare of children on shift and responsible for house checks and the overall safety of the house in the day/evening, weekends or required shift.

Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Maintain personal contact and provide appropriate supervision to program residents during designated shifts.
  • Maintain control and order in the program, including enforcement of rules and regulations and proper utilization of point system.
  • Crisis intervention and prevention counseling.
  • Conduct one-to-one counseling and group counseling with residents.
  • Act as an advocate for resident(s).
  • Conduct regular meetings pertaining to programmatic issues and resident concerns.
  • Document youth’s behavior and progress in shift log, behavior reports and resident reports.
  • Maintain all appropriate program logs.
  • Conduct intakes when necessary and required, register in-coming residents and complete all required paperwork.
  • Design, implement and supervise activities for residents.
  • Perform regular room and building checks for safety and security during designated shifts.
  • Ensure accountability on shifts, including regular head counts.
  • Remain awake, alert and attentive to clients and programmatic concerns at all times.
  • Transport clients when necessary.
  • Participate in shift change meetings.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Answer telephones and greet visitors as needed.
  • Adhere to daily program routine.
  • Adhere to all agency policies and procedures.
  • Perform all job-related duties and activities as requested or directed.
Core Competencies:
  • Customer Focus
  • Adaptability/Cooperation
  • Communication Skills
  • Continuous Development
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Initiative
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Process Improvement

Qualifications:

Knowledge of interpersonal skills working with young people is necessary. Prior experience working with youth and their families. Certified in Multi Media First Aid and CPR. Willingness to work flexible hours, good communicator and able to organize, maintain and follow through with required responsibilities in maintaining client confidentiality. Valid Massachusetts drivers license.

Minimum Qualifications: B.A. or B.S. preferred but will accept Associates Degree and will substitute experience in the human services field.

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