While living on-site, the Residential Life Coach provides young adults with residential assistance and a strong role model while implementing an individualized program that emphasizes independent living skill acquisition and personal development within a safe and secure college dorm-style environment.
The Residential Life Coach oversees the day-to-day operations of young adults living in a college dorm-style residence as they pursue their degrees at a local school, seek to acquire needed independent living skills, and maintain their living environment. The Residential Life Coach is directly responsible to the Program Director.
This position is not eligible for overtime pay.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following duties and responsibilities are given as examples of the various types of work performed in this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.
- Manages cottage household including, but not limited to, providing a safe and secure environment within which the residents can grow and learn.
- Supervises the Youth Care Assistant – Scholarship House.
- Interacts daily with residents to provide mentoring and reinforcement of independent living and social skills.
- Provides assistance with crisis intervention, including listening to students and connecting them with professionals as needed.
- Oversees, teaches and participates in routine housekeeping.
- Participates in extra cottage chores (ie – deep cleaning).
- Monitors residents’ behaviors in order to personalize independent living and mentoring opportunities.
- Develops individual independence skill plans for residents and assists with implementation of identified skills.
- Acts as liaison to the school(s).
- Conducts cottage tours and gives information about the program.
- Purchases cottage supplies.
- Plans and prepares food for periodic cottage meals as part of teaching independent living skills and social skills.
- Provides a warm and caring home through the decoration of the home for holidays and hosting holiday parties.
- Transports residents to appointments, jobs, and school when necessary.
- Schedules and leads periodic cottage meetings.
- Follows required safety procedures. Schedules quarterly fire/natural disaster drills. Maintains household first aid kit. Routinely checks smoke alarms and refrigerator/freezer temperatures.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Social Work or related field, and two years of full-time experience in areas of job responsibilities required. Must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid Florida driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment, a good driving record, a concern for youth, the ability and desire to work and live with youth, and a strong desire to work in the human services field.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each area of responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.
- Must have the ability to read, comprehend and implement documents such as training manuals, policy and procedural manuals, and other pertinent material.
- Must be able to verbally communicate effectively with youth and adults.
- Must be able to write effectively and communicate in a clear concise manner.
- Must have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral and diagram form.
- Must possess basic knowledge in child development and family systems, and be able to establish and maintain warm, consistent relationships with youth, guardians and other individuals working with the Youth Ranches team.
- Must possess skills in time management and implement a method of time management that effectively maintains order and routine. Must demonstrate ability to organize, prioritize, and implement work activities independently.
- Must have the ability to maintain a flexible schedule.
- Must be skilled at maintaining acceptable tolerance levels for youth behaviors.
- Must have the ability to model and teach appropriate social skills, dress codes, language, and public behaviors.
- Must be able to work with basic mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
- Must have a high degree of endurance and have the ability to work under pressure and in crisis situations. Ability to exhibit emotional control, patience and persistence in extremely stressful situations.
- Must have the ability to exhibit behaviors that are kind and nurturing in nature.
- Must have the knowledge and appreciation to teach moral, ethical, and spiritual values to youth.
- Must have good organizational skills and time management abilities.
- Must have the ability not to personalize youth behavior and the tolerance and flexibility to work effectively with acting out and negative youth behavior.
The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions.
The employee must have vision (corrected or uncorrected) well enough to read reports, motivation sheets, monitor youth, drive a vehicle, and observe discrete behaviors. The employee must have hearing well enough to converse on telephone and hear normal tones of conversation. The employee must speak well enough to teach skills, give instructions, discuss strategies, and converse on the telephone. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Must have the stamina to work prolonged hours and drive up to four hours. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
The hours for this position will be flexible depending on the needs of the residents and the availability of relief staff, but will generally comprise 5 full working days per week. Occasionally may be required to work in outdoor weather conditions.
DEADLINE TO APPLY
For more information, please contact:
Robin Sumner, Program Director – Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa, 3350 State Road 60 E, Bartow, FL 33830, 863-533-0371 or 1-800-765-3797, RSumner@youthranches.org.
To apply, please click here to download our employment application.
We Are A Drug Free Workplace And An Equal Opportunity Employer.