Youth Guidance Specialist-Stillwater Youth Job Opening

Youth Guidance Specialist-Stillwater Youth

Seqoyah Enterprises

Stillwater, Oklahoma
Category: Finance Manager

Position Summary:
The Youth Guidance Specialist (YGS) provides direct care and supervision to youth in a group home setting. This includes understanding trauma, being willing to build rapport with challenging teens. This position requires staff to remain calm and personable at all times and being as least restrictive as possible and using best practices. The YGS also has the responsibility for the safety, personal conduct, and care of the youth in SEI’s care.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Comply with all terms, conditions, and requirements set forth by all regulatory agencies as well as the policies and procedures set forth by SEI.
  • Implement and provide clear and legible documentation for all goals as specified in each person’s Treatment Plan.
  • Ensure the health, safety and welfare of each individual served by teaching safety skills at every opportunity.
  • Remain awake, alert, and vigilant at all times to ensure the safety of the clients, yourself and your co-workers.
  • Maintain daily charting notes on significant individual activities/events or any other information occurring during assigned shift.
  • When properly authorized and certified, administer/document medication in proper dosages and at designated times. Conduct daily medication counts for all prescriptions.
  • Notify the Program Manager and Youth Life Coordinator of any changes in an individual’s condition or behavior, and/or any change in medical orders or medical concerns.
  • Maintain professional boundaries between employees, families and individuals served by SEI.
  • Adhere to confidentiality guidelines, as outlined by SEI policy and HIPPA regulations.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly home environment by performing general cleaning duties.
  • Provide guidance and direction while being a positive role model to the individuals served by SEI.
  • Implement behavior management interventions for individuals while using approved physical intervention techniques when necessary to protect the individuals and others.
  • Exhibit flexibility to changing situations and adapt as necessary to allow for unplanned events, re-prioritizing work as necessary.
  • Report any difficulties, conflicts, problems, accidents or incidents to the Program Manager or designee in a timely manner.
  • Transport/escort individuals (adhering to all safety policies and laws) as needed to meet program objectives and individual needs.
  • Maintain security in buildings, grounds, and other posts; intervene during emergencies or altercations to prevent AWOL’s and to gain physical control of youth.
  • Supervise movement of youth inside and outside the facility.
  • Integrate specific training programs with daily activities, including but not limited to household chores, laundry, cooking, personal hygiene & grooming, social & leisure activities, academics, and finances, to provide training opportunities as part of the individual’s normal routine whenever possible.
  • Complete all documentation and required paperwork including but not limited to daily charting notes, van logs, and incident reports by the end of assigned shift.
  • Treat individuals served by SEI with dignity and respect and in an age and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Attend staff meetings, in-services, required program specific training and on-going training as appropriate and required.
  • Support the goals and mission of SEI. Ensure that communications and personal performance reflect the Agency’s commitment to teamwork, compliance with policies & procedure as well as regulations governing the program(s).

To perform the Youth Guidance Specialist (YGS) job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function and responsibility satisfactorily. These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to work as a YGS. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications, Education, Skills, and Requirements:

DHS Group Homes:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a mental health treatment related field and one (1) year experience in working with emotionally disturbed/behaviorally disordered children, OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years experience in working with emotionally disturbed/behaviorally disordered children, OR
  • High School diploma or equivalent and three (3) years experience in working with emotionally disturbed/behaviorally disordered children, OR
  • High School diploma or equivalent which requires the approval of the CFSD Programs Manager, OR
  • High School diploma or equivalent within one year of employment which requires the approval of the CFSD Programs Manager.
OJA Group Homes:
  • High School Diploma or its equivalent within one year of employment.
DHS and OJA Group Homes:
  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must be able to pass a comprehensive criminal background check.
  • Must have dependable transportation, a current driver’s license, and acceptable driving record (to drive company vehicles).
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States.
  • Must have a documented mantoux (PPD) tuberculin skin test with booster, if needed, within the previous 12 months, unless medical verification of a previous positive skin test is provided.
  • Must be able to speak, read and write in English.
  • Must be able to calculate figures and amounts such as basic math which includes addition, subtraction, division, and percentage as well as money management skills.
  • Must be able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or schedule form.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality, recognize boundaries, exhibit patience, and maintain self control.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The YGS position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Training and Development:

The Youth Guidance Specialist (YGS) must complete all Agency, Contractual, and Licensing required trainings within specified time frames and successfully pass associated tests to meet competency requirements.

Physical Demands:

These physical demands are representative of the physical demands necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Youth Guidance Specialist (YGS) job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Physically restrain individuals using approved physical intervention techniques.
  • Walk, stand, sit, bend, lift, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, turn in knees, back, wrists, & shoulders, and grasp with both hands (in order to properly perform CPR/First Aid Techniques, Approved Behavior Intervention Techniques, and Lifting/Carrying Techniques).
  • See and hear with or without correction. Specific vision abilities include distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to focus if required to drive a company vehicle.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the Youth Guidance Specialist (YGS). Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

While working as a YGS, employees may be required to deal with the following conditions:

  • Unconventional work schedules – SEI operates programs and services 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Probable exposure to profanity, violent, and/or offensive behavior from the individuals served.
  • Possible exposure to blood borne pathogens.
  • Probable exposure to illness-causing bacteria and viruses.

The YGS must react appropriately in times of crisis that may include verbal and physical aggression from the individuals served. In addition, the YGS must understand and evaluate the potential for a medical or behavioral emergency.

The employee in this position works in a homelike atmosphere. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the Youth Guidance Specialist (YGS) position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the position. The YGS will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.