Direct Care Staff
AMIkids - Clinton, SC

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AMIkids is a non-profit dedicated to helping troubled youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. Choose a career that changes lives! For more than 40 years, kids have been transforming their lives with the support of AMIkids. This level of achievement doesn’t happen without the ongoing hard work and dedication of our team.

Our success is dependent upon the strength of our team. We pride ourselves on a diverse and innovative staff who work together to improve lives.

The AMIkids work environment is creative and rewarding, where everyone is encouraged to grow. Our commitment is to helping our team members reach their full potential, offering industry-leading benefits, tuition reimbursement and access to ongoing education resources and training.

At AMIkids, you can build a career while making a difference! Consider joining a team of employees that positively impacts kids, families, and communities.

Position Summary - The Direct Care Staff is responsible for directing and safely supervising students during their shift. Primary responsibility is to provide guidance in behavior choices by teaching social, self-help, academic and living skills. The Direct Care Staff redirect students who have exhibited inappropriate behavior and supervise student activities, work detail, meals and bed checks. Additional responsibility is to serve as a positive role model and advisor.

Essential Job Functions
  • Ensures the safety and supervision of all students in accordance with all operational and contractual policies
  • Prevents and intervenes in student altercations and incidents. May be necessary to physically restrain students as dictated by the Restraint Policy
  • Provides redirection and coaching to students who exhibit inappropriate behavior
  • Acts as a coach and advisor to students to help them grow and develop in the areas of personal responsibility, social skills, community living skills, interpersonal communications and behavior
  • Supervises and ensures the safety of students assigned to disciplinary work detail
  • When working overnight shift:
    • Supervises students during quiet and sleeping hours and constantly remains awake and alert
    • Makes student bed checks at scheduled times as required by supervisors
    • Documents student bed checks as required by the Program’s policies
  • Contacts management as directed and notifies them of problems and/or incidents
  • Communicates with members of other teams/shifts by voice, telephone or radio as necessary
  • Completes incident, accident and behavioral reports according to standard operating procedures
  • Documents and reviews required notes in Shift Logs and communicates any issues upon shift change
  • Supervises the safe handling of the Program’s boats, equipment and vehicles according to established policies and procedures
  • Facilitates and participates in staff meetings and staff training sessions
  • Assumes supervision responsibilities for absent team members as directed by supervisors
  • Actively participates and acts as lead on trips, special activities that involve recreational sports, facility and equipment cleaning, grounds maintenance, and equipment relocation that may require sleeping in tents, boats, institutes, etc. under varying weather conditions and that may require extended 16-hour workdays/24 hour on-call status
  • Ensures facility, equipment and supplies are in compliance with all laws, regulations and policies
  • Teaches youth how to maintain all equipment within compliance standards
  • Maintains repair and maintenance logs and inventory of related equipment
  • Administers first aid and CPR during emergencies in accordance with American Red Cross standards
  • Drives program’s vehicles as required in accordance with AMIkids transportation guidelines providing staff member maintains approved driving status
  • Assists with special projects and other duties as needed
  • Actual work hours will vary based upon specific Program’s shift schedule. Shifts will typically be between 8 or 12 hours but may extend beyond that based on ratio needs
  • Shift assignments may change based on Program needs
This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required.

Minimum Education, Training and Experience
  • High school diploma/GED required
  • College degree preferred
  • One to two years related experience within an educational or youth service program, preferably working with troubled youth
Certifications, Licenses and Registrations
  • Must obtain and maintain appropriate crisis intervention and physical restraint training and certification as defined by state requirements, e.g., Protective Action Response (PAR), Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI), Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), Safe Crisis Management (SCM).
  • Must satisfy criminal background check and drug screening as defined by state requirements
  • Must obtain and maintain current CPR and First Aid Certification by nationally recognized organization.
  • Must possess and maintain valid driver’s license in the state of employment that meets AMIkids Transportation Standards
  • May be required to acquire and maintain a CDL license

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