Awake Overnight Youth Care Specialist

Website The William George Agency For Children's Services

Awake Overnight Counselor


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:          High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon initial hire date)
Valid New York State Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)
Yearly Physical (required within one month after initial hire date)


PREFERRED:                                            BS or AAS Degree in Related Field
Previous Child Care Experience


POSITION LEVEL:                                  Responsible to Awake Overnight Campus Supervisor



A.      To help create and maintain a healthful, safe and therapeutic environment for the children in the cottage(s)

B.      To help implement each child’s individual treatment goals

C.      To provide positive role models for children in the care of the Agency

D.     To ensure that the basic psychological needs of the children for nurturance, structure, and counseling are met



A.      Know the whereabouts of children assigned to the cottage at all times. Report missing children immediately to the Administrator on Duty.

B.      Conduct bed checks every 15 minutes and facility checks at least twice during the night. Report unusual activities to Administrator on Duty.

C.      Provide input to treatment team meetings for the planning of each child’s treatment goal(s) and techniques.

D.     Help implement individual treatment plans with each child.

E.      Act as a positive role model for the children by engaging in activities productively and in support of accepted societal norms and values.

F.      Instruct, guide and assist children in the follows areas:
a. Organization and care of clothing and personal belongings
b. Selection and coordination of dress
c. Personal health, grooming, and hygiene
d. Personal habits and conduct
e. Social conduct and interaction in the cottage and the Agency community
f. Eating and sleeping habits
g. Maintenance of clean and neat rooms and shared cottage facilities

G.      Help children develop trusting relationships by actively engaging in activities with them and by expression of caring through role modeling, life space interviews, and constructive discipline. Be where children are (during waking hours); walk with them to and from Ewald Dining Center for meals, and other program activities, (e.g., school) to provide ego support.

H.     Help children abide by the established cottage rules and the Agency policies and procedures

I.        Provide support to children in crises through the use of therapeutic crisis intervention techniques, including the use of physical restraint and life space interviews. Please note that therapeutic physical restraint may be used only after a child care worker has received specific training in this area at the Agency.

J.        Supervise and help children in the performance of house jobs.

K.      Inventory and mark clothing and personal belongings of children.

Collect and store clothing and belongings of children who are absent without leave (AWOL

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