Career Opportunities

The William George Agency is one of the larger providers of services for young adults in Upstate New York, and one of the oldest nationwide. We actively seek diverse staff members committed to our Agency’s Mission, Vision, and Values who Care First about young people and their families. We offer competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, an Employee Assistance Program, a diverse work environment, opportunities for career advancement and personal growth.   Our Youth Care Specialists have a choice of three schedule options:  Sunday through Wednesday, Wednesday through Saturday or Overnights!  For more information, please call our Human Resources Department at 607.844.6239.

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Current Positions Available

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:           

  • Bachelors Degree, preferably in Social Work, Human Services or Counseling related field
  • Direct experience working with youth in a counseling position (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Physical & TB Test (required within one month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:          

  • Masters Degree in Social Work
  • Previous experience in working with critically disturbed adolescents

HOURS:                                             

  • Monday – Friday; 40 hours per week
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the family

POSITION OBJECTIVE:                   

To effectively collaborate with families and or permanency resources in order to implement a comprehensive aftercare plan upon successful reintegration into the community.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Locate, identify, and establish appropriate primary and alternative discharge resources for Raise the Age (RTA) residents, in conjunction with their Permanency Planning Goal, as defined by the Family Court System.
  2. Work closely with the RTA treatment team to stay informed regarding residents’ progress in treatment and effectively communicate progress to families.
  3. Provide family therapy and casework to the families and or permanency resource as indicated in the treatment plans. Keep families and resources updated about their youngsters’ progress in treatment. There should be bi-weekly face to face contact with families whose youngster is currently in placement. 
  4. Provide liaison services to the referral agencies and other human services agencies in the community in order to facilitate the youngster’s positive reunification back into their home community.
  5. Provide after-care services to the RTA youngsters’and their families for four (4) months after discharge from the Agency.
  6. Be an integral part of the child’s treatment team by providing input to the team about family issues, dynamics, and needs by participating actively in the formulation of treatment plans.
  7. The Aftercare Services Coordinator will meet on a regular basis with the Director of RTA Services for supervision.
  8. If needed, represent the Agency at Family Court hearings and present the Agency’s assessment and recommendation regarding the children’s and families’ treatment needs.
  9. Help develop discharge plans. Make referrals for aftercare services, including but not limited to services through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Bridges to Health, Mental Health, etc.  Assist families in identifying and securing aftercare resources.
  10. Identify and establish educational, vocational, and aftercare resources in local communities for the RTA youth upon discharge.
  11. Perform other duties required.
  12. Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with safety standard, practice, and policy of The William George Agency.
  13. Adhere to all rules, regulations, policies, and philosophy of The William George Agency and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

DEPARTMENT:        

Residential Services

POSITION LEVEL:   

Responsible to the Program Director

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:      

  • 1-year direct child care or child care supervisory experience
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Physical & TB Test (required within one month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Bachelors or AAS Degree in related field such as Social Welfare, Psychology, Counseling, etc.
  • Previous supervisory experience in working with critically disturbed youth

HOURS:                                             

  • 40 hours per week, Monday thru Friday
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the program

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Supervise Youth Care Specialists and Awake Overnight Youth Care Specialists in the implementation of treatment plans and duties, as described in their job descriptions.
  2. Ensure proper documentation of the daily resident logs and Awake Overnight log as well as significant incident reports, and other reports through training and supervision.
  3. To coordinate orientation of newly admitted residents and his/her family to the various aspects of cottage life and program.
  4. Receive disciplinary reports and behavior observation from the school and implement school-related problem resolutions as directed by Cottage Director.
  5. Coordinate cottage recreational planning and special activity planning with appropriate personnel.
  6. Provide casework intervention to residents and their families as designated by the Cottage Director.
  7. Facilitate cottage based community meetings in conjunction with the Cottage Director.
  8. In conjunction with the Cottage Director and Support Services, coordinate all resident travel, while ensuring that each resident is prepared for emergencies or unplanned events.
  9. Assist Support Services in the scheduling of Youth Care Specialists during school vacations and maintain accurate records in the E-time payroll system.
  10. Responsible for ensuring general upkeep of the cottages and mechanical operation of the unit.
  11. Provide emergency coverage as needed.
  12. Co-lead weekly staff meeting with the Cottage Director.
  13. In the absence of the Cottage Director, the Cottage Manager has the authority to make decisions regarding treatment of residents after consulting the respective Department Head.
  14. Responsible for evaluating, disciplining and terminating of supervised employees in conjunction with the Human Resources Department.
  15. Adhere to the treatment philosophy of The William George Agency and the rules, requirements, and recommendations of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
  16. Responsible for the implementation of programming reflective of The William George Agency treatment philosophy.
  17. Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with every safety standard, practice, and policy of The William George Agency. This includes, but is not limited to, review of The William George Agency’s Safety Policy and attending all required safety-related training.
  18. Assist the Cottage Director in all other delegated functions.

DEPARTMENT:                                

Residential Services

SUPERVISED BY:                             

Respective Department Head

SUPERVISION OF:                           

Youth Care Specialists

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS           

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Physical and TB Test (required within one month of initial hire date)
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Professional Cooking Experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS          

  • Degree and/or courses in related field

HOURS                                          

Forty hours per week, shift determined by Director of Food Services

OBJECTIVES OF POSITION

  1. To prepare and serve food in a tasteful, eye-appealing, nutritious and sanitary manner to the residents and staff.
  2. To supervise and teach good work habits to residents assigned to the food preparation program.
  3. To provide a positive role model for residents in the care of The William George Agency.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
  2. Required to tolerate prolonged periods of standing and walking.
  3. Be able to walk down and climb stairs.
  4. After Restraint Training, be able to restrain residents if necessary.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Prepare and serve meals, as required by menu.
  2. Supervise and know the whereabouts of residents assigned to work in the kitchen area and report out of program residents immediately to the Support Team.
  3. Evaluate resident’s daily performance using the Daily Level System evaluation sheets in accordance with published guidelines and individual goals.  Give daily sheets to the Dining Room Attendant for consolidation.
  4. Prepare Incident Reports of significant incidents and route them to the Director of Food Services.
  5. In the absence of resident workers, be able to accomplish all required work promptly.
  6. Pull items from the freezer and defrost as required.
  7. Clean all equipment, pots and pans used to prepare meals and report any integrity or maintenance problems.
  8. Ensure knives are locked up when not being used.
  9. Follow cleaning schedule as determined by the Director of Food Services.
  10. Wear proper uniform, hair restraint, and practice sanitation standards as required by Federal, State, and County health regulations.
  11. Follow closing checklist as determined by the Director of Food Services.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Food Services.
  13. Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with every safety standard, practice, and policy of The William George Agency.  This includes, but is not limited to, review of The William George Agency’s Safety Policy and attending all required safety-related training.
  14. Adhere to all rules, regulations, policies, and philosophy of The William George Agency and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

DEPARTMENT            

Food Services

SUPERVISED BY          

Director of Food Services

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:      

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Yearly physical & TB test (required within 1 month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • BS or AAS degree in related field
  • Previous child care experience

POSITION LEVEL:                           

Responsible to the Director of Support Services

HOURS:                                             

  • Part-time
  • Fridays: afternoon & evenings
  • Saturdays & Sundays:  flexible shifts available

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Transport children to off-campus appointments and for travel home as assigned.
  2. Supervision of each child at all times while in your care. Report missing children immediately to the Administrator on Duty or Director of Support Services.
  3. Must be able to perform physical intervention as per the Agency’s restraint policy.
  4. Help implement individual treatment plans with each child.
  5. Act as a positive role model for the children in support of accepted societal norms and values.
  6. Help children abide by Agency policies and procedures
  7. Store medications as per policy during transports.
  8. Prepare electronic incident reports on significant incidents
  9. Perform other duties assigned.
  10. Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with every safety standard, practice, and policy of The William George Agency. This includes, but is not limited to, review of The William George Agency’s Safety Policy and attending all required safety-related training
  11. Responsible to adhere to all rules, regulations, policies, and philosophy of The William George Agency and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

DEPARTMENT:        

Support Services

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Physical & TB Test (required within 1 month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED:

  • BS or AAS Degree in Related Field
  • Previous Child Care Experience

POSITION LEVEL:

Responsible to the Cottage Manager

HOURS:

  • 40 hours per week
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the program

POSITION OBJECTIVES:

  1. To help create and maintain a healthful, safe and therapeutic environment for the children in the cottage(s)
  2. To help implement each child’s individual treatment goals.
  3. To provide positive role models for children in the care of the Agency.
  4. To ensure that the basic psychological needs of the children for nurturance, structure and counseling are met.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE JOB

  1. Know the whereabouts of children assigned to the cottage at all times. Supervision of the cottage environment as it pertains to knowing the whereabouts of each youngster at all times is an essential job responsibility of the Youth Care Specialist. Report missing children immediately to the Administrator on Duty or Cottage Manager.
  2. Must be able to perform physical intervention (restraints) if necessary to protect the well-being of residents.
  3. Provide input to treatment team meetings for the planning of each child’s treatment goal(s) and techniques.
  4. Help implement individual treatment plans with each child.
  5. Act as a positive role model for the children by engaging in activities productively and in support of accepted societal norms and values.
  6. Instruct, guide and assist children in the follows areas:
    1. Organization and care of clothing and personal belongings
    2. Selection and coordination of dress
    3. Personal health, grooming and hygiene
    4. Personal habits and conduct
    5. Social conduct and interaction in the cottage and the William George community
    6. Constructive use of leisure time
    7. Maintenance of clean and neat rooms and shared cottage facilities
    8. Money management
    9. Eating and sleeping habits
    10. Study habits
  7. Help children develop trusting relationships by actively engaging in activities with them and by expression of caring through role modeling, life space interviews, and constructive discipline. Be where children are (during waking hours), walk with them to and from Ewald Dining Center for meals, and other program activities, (e.g. school) so as to provide ego support.
  8. Help children abide by the established cottage rules and the Agency policies and procedures
  9. Provide support to children in crises through the use of therapeutic crisis intervention techniques, including the use of physical restraint and life space interviews. Please note that therapeutic physical restraint may be used only after a child care worker has received specific training in this area at the Agency.
  10. Supervise and help children in the performance of house jobs.
  11. Inventory and mark clothing and personal belongings of children.
  12. Collect and store clothing and belongings of children who are absent without leave (AWOL).
  13. Supervise children’s manners and behavior during meals at Ewald Dining Center.
  14. Be informed about the health needs of the children, and administer medications according to the directions of the Health Services Department.
  15. Store medications in the locked areas and cabinets provided in each cottage.
  16. Refer children to the Health Services Department for all medical problems and for examination and treatment by the nurses and physician
  17. Participate in, and supervise children at campus recreational activities.
  18. Evaluate children’s performance on the daily level system evaluation sheets according to the guidelines and individual goals, and review them with the children to encourage progress.
  19. Prepare written incident reports on critical incidents and forward them to the Cottage Manager.
  20. Participate in the Unit/Cottage meeting, providing pertinent observations to the Cottage Manager.
  21. Transport children to off campus appointments and for travel home as assigned.
  22. Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with every safety standard, practice and policy of The William George Agency. This includes, but is not limited to, review of The William George Agency’s Safety Policy and attending all required safety related training.
  23. Perform other duties assigned.
  24. To adhere to all rules, regulations, policies and philosophy of The William George Agency and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.