Job Description
Job Title Youth Worker (Residential Counselor)
Job ID 789532
Location Anoka,  MN 55303
Other Location
Description Volunteers of America - MN is hiring for an exciting opportunity as a Residential Counselor! This is a great opportunity to work with troubled youth and make a difference! Flexibile schedule, competitive compensation and great experience! Applicants from multiple industries considered! 

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Primary Duty: 
Responsible for the supervision and management of the program residents.  Accountable for the implementation of treatment plans and documentation of resident's functioning within the treatment environment.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Administration
    • Promotes and assists in the development of a wholesome, orderly and therapeutic living environment for the resident.
    • Provides and participates in recreational, educational and social activities that meet resident’s physical, intellectual, and social needs.
    • Provides life skills training and management s directed by the need of the program participant (e.g. sex education, drug education, relaxation techniques, etc.)
    • Plans and coordinates special functions and free time on the unit.
    • When required, drive a program participant to events in the organization’s van.
    • Provides medication administration to program participants.
  • Communication
    • Observe, report, and document as defined by program, accurate and reliable information regarding resident behaviors and actions.
    • Effectively communicate and interface professionally with all members of the treatment team, program participant families and other outside professionals.
  • Clerical Skills
    • Assists in the planning, development and implementation of individual treatment plans and programs.
    • Assures situation assessment and interpretation is responsive to individual program participant needs.
    • On a routine basis, exercises good judgment in regard to responding to program participant’s needs.
    • Participate and moderate program group meetings.
    • Facilitate effective group treatment sessions with residents.
    • Provide individual and personal counseling on as needed basis.
    • Create a safe and therapeutic atmosphere.
    • Provide a healthy and appropriate model for residents to emulate.
    • Assures proper medical care is provided as needed by residents.
  • Crisis Intervention
    • Respond appropriately, as prescribed by program, to crisis situations as they occur.
    • Understand and apply principles, as determined by program, of behavior management.
    • Implement agency’s restrictive technique program as trained.
  • Personal Growth & Development
    • Know, understand and follow program and organizational policies, rules and procedures
    • Learn and work within the center’s treatment philosophy.
  •  Display proficiency working with staff and residents of different cultural and/or gender backgrounds.
    • See Job Responsibility Addendum for specific position requirements
    • Assures program participant privacy is maintained by being knowledgeable and following HIPAA privacy and security regulations.
    • Attendance
    • Possible overtime.
    • Must be able to work regularly scheduled working hours.
    • Other duties as assigned
 
Supervisory Responsibilities:   
  • Works under general supervision.
 
Decision Making Authority/Self-Initiative:            
  • Decisions are not those directly related to management or general business operations
 
Professional relationships to be maintained:
  • Residents, families, center staff, school personnel, community professionals.
 
Qualification Requirements:
 
Education/Experience:  
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • BA/BS in Social Service Field preferred.
 
Language/Communication Skills:
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to work with a diverse population of individuals by using tact, diplomacy and flexibility.
 
Mathematical Skills: 
  • Basic math skills are required for this position.
 
Reasoning Skills: 
  • Analytical
  • Creative problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Independent judgment
  • Negotiating/Mediating

Other Skills/Requirements: 
  • Behavior management; limit setting.
  • Crisis intervention techniques.
  • Valid drivers license with a good driving record.
  • At all times dress in a manner that is functional, clean and appropriate.
 
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