ESSENTIAL TASKS :
Primarily responsible for a specific group of children assigned.
Must pass Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (“TCI”) training every six months to master verbal de-escalation techniques, crisis prevention and physical restraint techniques used on youth and adolescents.
Must be able to perform physical restraints, as necessary, in accordance with TCI training.
Responsible for the direct supervision of all youth assigned to the counselor.
Ensure that the youth under your care are adequately clothed and fed and that the cottage or living unit in which they live is kept clean and orderly in accordance with agency standards.
Teach and supervise youth with matters of personal hygiene to the extent necessary for each individual youngster to be self-sufficient. These functions include dressing and undressing, hair care, bathing, feminine hygiene and supervising the performance of cottage chores.
Establish relationships and develop programs that manage individual and group behavior so it is not disruptive or destructive.
Responsible for providing stimulating, enjoyable and socially constructive leisure time activities for children.
Attend all briefings, treatment conferences and other pertinent conferences related to children in care.
Complete daily logs and/or incident reports during the shift.
Communicate via logs of important events that have occurred during the shift.
Inform the Awake Night Counselor of any concerns verbally.
Provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for parents, families and volunteers.
EDUCATION : High School Diploma, AA or BA with experience preferred.
REQUIRED SKILLS :
Computer Literacy (specifically in all Microsoft Programs)
Team Player with Solid Planning, Organization and follow-up
Excellent communication skills
Pays close attention to detail and have flexibility
Bilingual/ Spanish preferred
RELATED EXPERIENCE: Demonstrated ability to collaborate with client and teams that are culturally and professionally diverse.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee must have muscular coordination to frequently perform physical restraints or restraint techniques on youth and adolescents.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee must have the ability to frequently exert physical control over one’s own body to maintain proper form and position of physical restraint, as prescribed within the TCI training, even when encountering physical resistance or struggle from youth or adolescents.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to perform light recreational activities (i.e. walking, swimming or playing basketball )
OTHER TASK AND REQUIREMENTS:
Drive agency vehicle for purposes of transporting children to and from recreational activities.
Escort and supervise children on home visit bus to and from Grand Central Station.
Participate in recreational activities with youngsters in the cottage to which assigned.
Assist in planning and running of group meetings such as the Independent Living curriculum.
Valid New York State driver’s license.