Youth Care Specialist

Website The William George Agency For Children's Services

Youth Care Specialist
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)
Physical & TB Test (required within one month after initial hire date)
PREFERRED: BS or AAS Degree in Related Field
Previous Child Care Experience
POSITION LEVEL: Responsible to the Cottage Manager
POSITION OBJECTIVES:
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.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOB:
A. Supervision of the cottage environment as it pertains to knowing the whereabouts of each
youngster at all times is an essential job responsibility of the Youth Care Specialist. Report missing
children immediately to the Administrator on Duty or Cottage Manager.
B. Must be able to perform physical intervention (restraints) as per the Agency’s restraint policy.
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 William George community
f. Constructive use of leisure time
g. Maintenance of clean and neat rooms and shared cottage facilities
h. Money management

I. Eating and sleeping habits
j. Study habits
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 crisis 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 only be used after a Youth Care Specialist 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.
L. Collect and store clothing and belongings of children who are absent without leave (AWOL).
M. Supervise children’s manners and behavior during meals at Ewald Dining Center.
N. Be informed about the health needs of the children, and monitor self-administration of
medications according to the State Education Department and the Office of Children and Family
Services.
0. Store medications in the locked areas and cabinets provided in each cottage.
P. Refer children to the Health Services Department for all medical problems and examination and
treatment by the nurses and physician
Q. Participate in, and supervise children at campus recreational activities.
R. Evaluate children’s performance on the daily level system evaluation sheets according to the
guidelines and individual goals, and review them with the children to encourage progress.
S. Prepare written incident reports on critical incidents and forward them to the Cottage Manager.
T. Participate in the Unit/Cottage meeting, providing pertinent observations to the Cottage Manager.
U. Transport children to off-campus appointments and for travel home as assigned.
V. Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with every safety standard,
practice, and policy of The William George Agency. This includes, but is not limited to, review of
The William George Agency’s Safety Policy and attending all required safety-related training.
W. Perform other duties assigned.
X. To adhere to all rules, regulations, policies, and philosophy of The William George Agency and the
New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
Revised 03/27/2020

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