The Youth Care Worker (YCW) is responsible for providing direct care supervision for youth residing in Southwest Key Programs (SWK) care fostering an environment that facilitates learning and behavioral management in a supportive manner. The Youth Care Worker will maintain a flexible, organized, and efficient work schedule.
- Conduct intake services to include but not limited to: completing necessary paperwork, providing youth with an overview of the program services and for initial placements of youth in to the shelter.
- Provide basic needs to youth upon arrival to the program (to include but not limited to: meal, clothing, hygiene products, shower and bedroom assignment).
- Must provide Direct Care Services to youth to ensure that ratios and appropriate supervision levels are continuously met as per state and federal requirements.
- Develop positive rapport with youth while serving as a role model to create a safe and caring environment.
- Must ensure all forms and progress notes (efforts) are properly completed in SWK’s web-based program (ETO) to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements.
- Assist with the planning and coordination of special educational events (to include but not limited to: spelling bee, science fair), acculturation activities (Cesar Chavez Day, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, Holi-Festival of Colors, 16 th of September), educational (to include but not limited to: visits to museums) and recreational outings (to include but not limited to: movies, park, amusement parks), assist in the coordination of student council activities and other meaningful experiences for SWK youth which promotes volunteerism and learning.
- Provide vocational courses and curriculum in a subject area approved by the program director or designees which introduces youth to career choices.
- Assist with the coordination of Physical Education instruction and other large muscle activities in coordination with the Program Director or designee as required by state and federal requirements.
- Attend all organizational required trainings.
- Attend trainings that will enhance professional growth in the area of Education, Vocational curriculum and instruction, other topics as deemed appropriate by the program director or designee.
- Attend all departmental and program meetings to ensure that up-to-date information is received and/or information of policy changes or practice are adhered to.
- In the absence of a shift leader may be asked to serve as the interim shift leader and be responsible for overseeing program operations within their shift with pre-approval by the program director.
- Be able to assist in the distribution of medications to youth as prescribed by Medical Provider.
- Serve as a Substitute Teacher in the absence of the Teacher in a classroom setting.
- Must assist in the evacuation of youth as needed due to inclement weather conditions, natural disasters, or other unforeseen occurrences.
- Travel as needed for trainings, conferences or to transport youth to destinations located within the U.S.
- Attend Treatment Team Meetings to convey youth’s progress to all disciplines present.
- Maintain a safe, clean and hazard-free facility. Tasks include regular maintenance and general cleaning of common areas including restrooms and kitchen, rotation of laundry (linen, towels and clothes) duty, and general maintenance of outdoor areas (to include but not limited to: backyard, playground, and parking lot).
- Able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.
- High School Diploma or GED with experience working with youth either through paid or unpaid positions.
- Must be computer literate.
- Must be able to maintain a flexible work schedule.
- Must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License and eligible to drive to facilitate program services as per contractual requirements.
Southwest Key Programs - 17 months ago