The Residential Counselor creates a safe and supportive environment for youth, ages 11-17 who are in need of immediate shelter or crisis stabilization due to homelessness, runaway, family conflict, school problems, trauma or encounter with law enforcement, juvenile probation or child protective services. The Residential counselor is the primary care provider offering empathy, listening skills, mentorship and coaching that empowers youth to heal and find healthy solutions and problem solving skills as part of their developmental stage towards self-sufficiency. Weekend and holiday coverage required. Swing Shift – Sunday - Thursday 3:30 PM – 12:00 AM (40 hrs per wk) Overnight – Friday – Monday 11:30 PM – 7:30 AM (32 hrs per wk)
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist in screening, evaluation and orientation of homeless youth.
Provide individual and group counseling to resident
Maintain and dispense appropriate medications.
Input client data into computer system.
Prepare youth each morning and ensure youth are dressed, fed and ready for school or other activity.
Plans and leads recreational activities and participates or instructs youth games.
Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university and one to two years related experience and/or training.
Must be punctual, efficient and organized; effective and professional under pressure.
Ability to balance excellent client care with meeting deadlines and ensuring positive program goals and outcomes.
Experience providing services to clients of various racial, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds or sexual identity who are overrepresented in homeless populations as well as working in different cultural environments.