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Youth Counselor

Company: Boys Town
Location: Omaha
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Business: Boys Town $3,000 HIRING BONUS! $18.50 hourly Job Summary: In a career as a Youth Counselor is called an Assistant Family-Teacher with Boys Town where you play a big part in making a difference in changing a youths life. Youth come to the Boys Town Family Home Program for a variety of reasons, such as: family or school issues, abuse, neglect, abandonment, or involvement in the juvenile justice system. You come in by teaching them appropriate social, academic and independent living skills. We strive to give Boys Town Kids the fulfilling lives they deserve. Schedule: Must be flexible. Work 40-45 hours per week. Typical evening hours 2:30pm - 10:00pm. Requires staying/sleeping overnights in the home one weekend per month. Responsibilities:

  • Provides direct care to children.
  • Serves as an active member of the family home program team; participates in measuring progress and providing input on goals and discharge planning.
  • Collaborates with courts, social agencies, parents, school personnel and other members of the program about youths behaviors and progress, as well as strategies for teaching.
  • Adheres to reporting guidelines.
  • Assesses and monitors youth skills and progress to determine skill development needs and priorities.
  • Uses Boys Town teaching model by describing, practicing, and providing rationales for the use of appropriate skills/behaviors as well as describing and addressing negative behaviors.
  • Serves as a role model for youth by exhibiting skills taught in the program.
  • Provides for moral, spiritual, and educational development.
    • Monitors, supports, and encourages academic performance and educational success (e.g. good study habits, quality of work, higher education, etc.).
    • Attends school conferences, communicates with educational staff, and builds effective working relationships in order to meet the needs of youths academic success.
    • Teaches and models Boys Town values, including, moral and ethical behaviors and obeys the law.
    • Supports, attends, and participates in religious services, conferences, community service projects, and other activities with youth and discusses how these are applicable and beneficial to the youths daily life.
    • Provides and fosters a safe and caring environment.
      • Maintains a family style model by providing constant emotional support including the use of praise, positive feedback, individualized attention, and empathy to build self-confidence and respect.
      • Uses rational problem solving techniques to teach critical thinking skills and assist youth with behavioral problems.
      • Monitors off-campus activities and observes interactions of youth during home, recreational, and leisure times for appropriate skill development and safety.
      • Adheres to all child safety-related policies and protocols to include reporting guidelines, behavioral management, and risk and self-harm screening.
      • Provides crisis intervention to youth out of instructional control which could include physical restraint.
      • Plans, participates, and provides opportunities for individual and family fun activities that are entertaining and educational.
      • Models and teaches parenting, family, and relationships skills to youth, legal guardians and caretakers to sustain a collaborative relationship through effective family engagement practices.
      • Nurtures and cares for youth who are ill and in need of medical care or assistance.
      • Provides transportation for youth as needed.
      • Manages budget.
        • Maintains appropriate spending and budgeting of the household needs.
        • Prepares and submits reimbursement statements (e.g. receipts and other documentation) to account for monies spent.
        • Assists with the managing and upkeep of maintenance needs for the home.
        • Assists Family Teachers as needed in the operation of a Family Home.
        • Effectively collaborates with internal and external consumers.
          • Maintains contact with consumers to obtain and or give information, schedule appointments, and to coordinate activities.
          • Responsible for attending and appearing in court with or on behalf of youth as needed.
          • Assists with or prepares youth progress reports for consumers.
          • Writes incident/behavior summary on youth progress for administration.
          • Responsible for tracking, documenting, and communicating youth medical needs and appointments with consumers and administration.
          • Serves as a role model in carrying out the Father Flanagans Boys Home mission.
            • Directs all activities towards the fulfillment of the Boys Town mission.
            • Directs all actions to reflect the values and principles of Boys Town.
            • Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, collaboration, and ethical behavior.
            • Maintains regular, reliable and predictable attendance.
            • Supports other members of the management team and their work
            • Other Duties: This job description incorporates the essential functions and duties required for this position. However, other duties may be required and assigned at times and as determined by a supervisor in order to meet the needs of the organization. Required Qualifications :
            • High school diploma or equivalent is required, some college credits preferred. Education and experience requirements may be higher based on Affiliate Site location, Local contracts, and Federal/State contract requirements.
            • Must be at least 21 years of age.
            • Must possess a valid drivers license with a good driving record and pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check.
            • Must have the ability and desire to work and live with youth.
            • Must have the willingness to work flexible hours in order to assist the Family Teaching Couple with youth and home activities.
            • Proven record of sound judgment and ability to work with children in a mature and responsible manner.
            • Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care, based on physical, psychological, psycho/social, educational, safety, and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the youth being serviced in his/her assigned service area.
            • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Physical Requirements: Must have and maintain sufficient mental acuity and physical strength, agility, and endurance to perform all job requirements (including stressful situations - physically, mentally, and emotionally) encountered on the job without compromising the health and well-being of self, fellow employees, and youth or families. Must have sufficient vision, hearing, speech and the mobility to monitor youth, actively participate in safety procedures, assist and perform daily household chores, and participate in activities with youth. Specific requirements include, but are not limited to: the ability to push and pull at least 80 pounds of force, lift up to 50 pounds, carry safely up to 30 pounds, as well as the ability to reach overhead, bend, and squat with ease. Examples of required activities include, but are not limited to: moving furniture, climbing stairs, cooking, playing games, maintaining the exterior grounds including mowing and shoveling; as well as the ability to safely transport youth regardless of weather or time of day/night. About Boys Town : Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. Our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference. Our employees are our supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Towns mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life. Date Posted: June 7, 2022 This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-.

Keywords: Boys Town, Omaha , Youth Counselor, Other , Omaha, Nebraska

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