Group Leaders are expected to perform all the essential responsibilities related to health, safety, program delivery and professional practice as outlined on the Job Description for Youth Counselor. In the absence of the Program Director, and/or Assistant Director, he/she will assume the leadership role. The Group Leader is responsible for promoting model implementation and facilitating the group culture for two groups of eight youth. Other duties include, but are not limited to:
Maintaining the health and safety of youth at all times by:
- Working with the Program Director and Assistant Director to ensure adequate staffing ratios and timely and appropriate weekly schedules within budget.
- Ensure constant supervision of youth (including posting assignments and eyes on supervision oversight; monitoring staff and youth movement while in the LSP and in the community.
- Maintain safety and security in the LSP, grounds, and other posts; intervene during emergencies.
- Manage stressful, escalating situations decisively and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the behaviors and symptomatology of the youth. Provide such knowledge/modeling of effective interactions with other staff particularly as it relates to treatment interventions such as the Missouri and PROMISE Models as well as Safe Crisis Management (SCM).
- Utilize and model the appropriate techniques and procedures of SCM. Ensure all staff maintain consistent application of trained interventions, procedures and responses (e.g., behavior support plans use and youth debriefings procedures).
- Assumes responsibility, together with staff, for the safety, personal conduct, care, and therapy of the youth in a group.
- Able to engage youth and listen to concerns but also directly and assertively set limits. Will implement solutions to issues raised and share relevant information with other team members.
- Conduct site inspections on routine basis and ensure standards. Submit work orders for repairs as needed.
- Review logs and incident reports and follow up with staff.
- Review video footage on a regular basis and follow up with staff.
- Conduct safety and emergency procedures (e.g., fire drills)
- Ensure the daily needs of youth (food, clothing, allowance) are being met and youth are being taught essential daily living skills.
- Provide administrative leadership and work with other disciplines and team members to ensure the daily therapeutic program of activities is followed. Arrange for all necessary transportation, monies or resources.
- Oversee and champion the implementation of the Missouri Model and other modalities in the LSP program; train and model for staff as necessary.
- With the Program Director, Assistant Director, assume supervision of all direct care staff in the LSP; provide appropriate counseling, feedback, and discipline as needed.
- Provide orientation training to all new employees prior to shift independence; providing written and oral feedback.
- Ensure the proper use of all LSP policies and procedures. Train and monitor as needed.
- Provide oversight of professional practices / code of conduct of staff members.
- Co-jointly with other team members, participate in treatment team meetings and planning conferences. Maintain collaborative relationships; engage in problem solving and decision making.
- Represent the Agency with other external agencies, families and community members. Actively support the programs’ goals and broader organizational mission.