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STATUS:Regular, Full Time
SALARY RANGE:$46,627.88 - $60,598.98
LOCATION:4125 Washtenaw
Under the general supervision of a higher classified employee, responsible for providing care of youths in a community-based, non-secure Day Treatment program at the Washtenaw County Youth Center. Provides direct care and tends to the well-being of youth on assigned shift Monday through Friday during program hours. Supports youths educational and treatment goals. Ensures that youths meet personal conduct standards, oversees youths on housekeeping and daily tasks and assignments, ensures that safety and other policies are followed, and monitors youths throughout daily activities and school. Supports youth on a variety of matters, conducts problem solving, written observations of youth behaviors and participates in assessment meetings regarding youth. Provides transportation to program by driving 15-passenger vans to pick-up and drop-off youth from their homes each day.
Essential Duties:

  • Ensures the safety of the Youth Center Day Treatment Program and its occupants by providing constant supervision of youths and monitors their activities.
  • Prepares observations and status reports on youth participation, challenges, achievements, and behaviors and progress of youths and documents operations and needs related to safety, maintenance, and supplies. Prepares incident and accident reports.
  • Models appropriate behavior, attitude, ethics, and morals to provide a framework for expected behaviors of youths.
  • Ensures that the emotional and physical needs of the youths are met, including but not limited to: Recognizing behavioral indicators of youths who have experienced trauma, Building relationships with youths in order to be perceived to be a safe adult for youths to provide a sense of safety and stability during their time at the Day Treatment Program, Ensure that a sense of environmental safety is achieved for each youth by providing a physically and sensory safe environment.
  • Provides guidance to youth that may involve dealing with emotional dysregulation, suicidal thoughts, crisis situations, and related areas using approved methodologies.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other Federal, State and Local Standards.
  • Supports and implements individual and group treatment programming to support youths in identifying triggers to challenging behaviors and building specific skills such as flexibility, frustration tolerance, and problem solving.
  • Organizes and implements a range of activities that are fun, instructional, and purposeful while incorporating life skills, improve social relationships, build confidence, self-esteem and acquire independence to function successfully in the community.
  • Participates in case management and team meetings and discusses observations of youth behavior.
  • Provides supervision to youth in classroom, and assists with academic school work in collaboration with program educational staff.
  • Supervises youths in the performance of housekeeping chores, trash removal, laundry, and meal clean-up.
  • Discusses various matters of concern with youths and serves as an empathetic listener on topics such as challenges in the home, court hearings, homework, and general interpersonal relationships. Reports concerns regarding psychological or emotional well-being of youths.
  • Assists with the coordination of health care for youths, includes dispensing prescription and over-the-counter medications and reporting health concerns to the youth center medical provider.
  • Provides transport of youth to appointments or court as required.
  • Uses crisis prevention, intervention, and de-escalation techniques, along with mediation and problem solving skills to address conflict. Anticipates potential problems using logic and creativity to prevent them or mitigate their effects.
  • May have to physically manage youths to maintain safety and security of program.
  • Assists in the delivery and serving of food, cleaning of designated areas, and other support tasks as assigned.
  • Provides testimony regarding youths and visitors as required by the Trial Court.
  • Participates in on-going staff training activities and assists in the training of new employees.
  • Provides leadership to others through examples, sharing of knowledge and skill.
  • Ability to motivate and manage problem behavior.
  • Participates in countywide initiatives and committees as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to be extremely reliable and dependable as youth are relying on transportation to and from the program site each day.
  • Understanding of cultural competency for diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to youth in Juvenile Justice system.
  • Extensive knowledge of youth development, knowledge of at-risk factors that include issues facing the community, and youth developmental theories.
  • Planning, organizing, and facilitating programming for at risk youth.
  • Experience with managing problem behavior with youth in a community-based, non-secure setting.
The qualifications listed above are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience that could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job may be considered.
Licenses and Additional Requirements

  • Possession of a valid Michigan Vehicle Operator's License and Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is required within 90-days of hire (position will include random drug testing pool for CDL drivers).
  • Law Enforcement Information Network clearance (LEIN).
  • Children's Protective Services Central Registry clearance.
  • Provision of three letters of reference, academic transcripts, and copy of resume.
  • Must successfully complete and maintain active Starr Certified Trauma and Resilience Practitioner (CTRP) Clinical Track Certification within first year of employment.
  • Required to be extremely reliable and dependable.
Proficiency Testing

  • Must achieve a passing score on applicable Youth Center proficiency testing instrument.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in performing facility authorized physical management technique that requires annual re-certification.
This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:
  • Completion of a pre-placement physical and PPD (TB Test).
  • Ability to climb stairs.
  • Driving to various sites to transport youths.
  • Ability to move desks, beds and other furniture to conduct security checks.
  • Reaching, bending, and stooping to perform security checks, housekeeping and other tasks.
  • Extended periods of walking throughout facility.
  • Ability to physically manage youths during an emergency.
  • Hearing ability to use auditory monitoring system.
  • Lifting and carrying containers for meals weighing up to 35 lbs., laundry bags weighing up to 40 lbs. and other items.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to monitor control station cameras and security panel, distinguish colors on the control panel, and provide other forms of youth supervision.
Working Conditions

  • Exposure to various weather conditions while transporting youths.
  • Exposure to physical assault by youths.
  • Exposure to youths with various states of personal hygiene.
  • Exposure to various bodily fluids.
  • Exposure to communicable diseases of youths.
Minimum of one (1) year of experience in non-secure, community-based youth guidance activities is required.
Possession of an Associate degree or equivalent experience in Social Work, Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, Consumer or Community Services, Early Childhood, Family Ecology, or Sociology.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


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