The Youth Care Assistant provides direct care and supervision to a group of young adults in a college dormitory-type setting. The Youth Care Assistant teaches and models social, academic, and independent living skills. The Youth Care Assistant relieves the Residential Life Coach during their time off and, when doing so, handles the day-to-day operations of the house.
The Youth Care Assistant is responsible directly to the Residential Life Coach. Work performance is reviewed through regular supervisory conferences and performance evaluations.
This position is 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.
- Demonstrates attentiveness, alertness, and discretion of each aspect of the Youth Ranches program while interacting and supervising young adults. Helps provide a safe and caring environment.
- Demonstrates resourcefulness and thriftiness in the wise stewardship of the house and programs resources including all equipment, buildings, and vehicles. Ensures house, campus grounds and other assets are maintained at Youth Ranches’ standards.
- Demonstrates availability, benevolence, and responsibility by providing support to the Residential Life Coach. Assumes the responsibilities of the Residential Life Coach in their absence.
- Abides by agency policies in discipline, youth rights, child abuse and maintaining confidentiality.
- Practices virtue and truthfulness in keeping the Residential Life Coach and other program staff informed of all house-related activities and concerns.
- Practices punctuality, thoroughness and orderliness in providing transportation for young adults to workplace, school and other destinations.
- Encourages young adults’ active participation in vocational, educational, spiritual and recreational activities.
- Displays dependability, flexibility and availability when faced with change and displays a willingness to assist other staff members or programs as needed or requested by Residential Life Coach or Program Director.
- Exercises discretion and appropriate judgment to be an appropriate role model for our young adults and fellow staff members at all times.
- Helps facilitate the Independent Living Plan of young adults in the house.
- If applicable, provides supervision during sleep hours for house.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid Florida driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire. Must be at least 21 years of age. Direct experience with youth in an educational or residential care setting is preferred.
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 establish and maintain warm, consistent relationships with young adults and other Youth Ranches personnel.
- Must possess basic knowledge of group dynamics, young adult development, and group living.
- Must have adequate educational background to provide help when possible to young adults having difficulties, maintain house records, and monitor house expenditures in accordance with agency guidelines.
- Must have knowledge and appreciation of spiritual values and the ability to develop moral and ethical values in young adults.
- Must have a willingness to work as a team member for the development of the young adults served.
- Must have the ability to work under pressure and in crisis situations.
- Must have the ability to accept and give constructive criticism as a means of developing ones own personal skills.
- Must have the ability to communicate utilizing verbal and written skills.
The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. This employee is regularly required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and reach with hands and arms. This employee is extensively required to sit, hear, and talk. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and the ability to focus.
Working conditions for this job may include outdoor weather conditions and working near mechanical moving parts. Travel may be occasionally required. The work schedule will be developed so as to provide maximum service to the young adults in program. Scheduled hours of work may vary and include day, evening, overnight, and weekend work. Scheduled hours may also include 24-hour shifts.
$11.00 per hour.
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.