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  • Per Diem Youth Counselor - Middle School Aged Boys, Non Secure Placement

    Job Locations US-NY-Bronx
    Posted Date 5 months ago(6/26/2018 9:58 AM)
    Job ID
    2016-1030
    # of Openings
    10
    Category
    Professional
  • Overview

    The Youth Counselor works at the Bronx NSP Program. This is a 12 bed residential non-secure placement program (NSP) for adjudicated youth. The Youth Counselor is a professional responsible for providing direct services support tasks as part of the daily care for youth.

    Responsibilities

    DUTIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
    ·         Serves as direct youth supervisor with responsibility for the safety, personal conduct, care, and therapy of the youth.
    ·         Provides eyes-on/ears-on supervision of youth; implements group and individual treatment plans.
    ·         Maintains security in buildings, grounds, and other posts; intervenes during emergencies or altercations to maintain physical control of youth.
    ·         Supervises, counsels and implements natural consequences to youth according to facility policy and procedures.
    ·         Supervises movement of youth inside and outside the facility; takes periodic counts of youth.
    ·         Supervises youth in a residential juvenile justice facility in the performance of activities and during recreational and various other program activities; (i.e. school, homework, arts, phase activities, independent living, religious etc.).
    ·         Conducts personal and facility searches for contraband and facility inspections for health and safety hazards. 
    ·         Assume the responsibility of successfully taking AMAP, passing the course and administering medication as needed.
    ·         Assume the responsibility for successfully taking and passing the designated crisis management and physical safety intervention technique training (including any refresher and recertification trainings and examinations)
    ·         Successfully completes all required trainings
    ·         Preparing meals for the youth as needed (primarily on weekends and mornings as well as when the cook is out)
    ·         Interacts critically and constructively with other staff members to develop and implement successful treatment techniques.
    ·         Develops effective relationships with youth, co-workers, and treatment team members.
    ·         Assists youth with their personal issues and refers issues to the group in accordance with the principles of the program.
    ·         Observes and keeps staff informed daily of significant behavioral conditions known about an individual and/or the group.
    ·         Assists in preparing reports regarding each youth’s adjustment and progress.
    ·         Prepare log entries and reports in a timely manner in accordance with program requirements.
    ·         Escorts and/or transports youth to predetermined locations.
    ·         Prevent any acts of physical aggression by youth towards other residents and staff.
    ·         Exercises judgment and discretion in the performance of duties within departmental rules, regulations, and policies.
    ·         Attends weekly team meetings.
    ·         Participate in the Advocate program.
    ·         Performs other related work as assigned.

    Qualifications

    ·         Preferred - A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university within one or a combination of the following: Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology, Sociology, or Social work.
    ·         One or more years of work experience in a residential juvenile justice or treatment program which involved casework, group counseling, juvenile rehabilitation, probation and parole, and/or social work for youth; or
    ·         Two or more years of experience in group work which involved direct care and interaction with youth such as YMCA, schools, recreational facilities, or residential care programs.
    ·         Valid vehicle operator’s license.
    ·         Physically able to perform physical restrains
    ·         Bi-lingual (Spanish) a plus

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