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:      

  • Masters Degree, preferably in Social Work, Human Services or Counseling  or
  • Bachelors Degree with 3-5 years of direct experience working with youth and families in a counseling position (copy required upon initial hire date) with a commitment to obtain Master’s degree within five (5) years
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License (copy required)
  • Physical and TB Test (required within 1 month of initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Previous experience in working with critically disturbed adolescents and families

HOURS:                                             

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

POSITION OBJECTIVE:                   

To effectively intervene with families in order to facilitate the goal of family reunification and to work with the family to develop and implement a continuing care plan.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Locate, identify, and establish appropriate primary and alternative discharge resources for residents, in conjunction with their Permanency Planning Goal, as defined by the Family Court System.
  2. Work closely with the Cottage Director to stay informed about residents’ progress in treatment and effectively communicate progress to families.
  3. Provide family therapy and casework to the families as indicated in the treatment plans, as well as keep families 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. On an on-going basis, provide information about the Agency programs and admission criteria and procedures to OCFS, Probation Departments, Family Courts, School Districts, and other human service agencies.
  5. Provide liaison services to the referral agencies and other human services agencies in the community in order to facilitate the progress of children and their families.
  6. Provide after-care services to children and their families for three (3) months after discharge from the Agency.
  7. Provide support services to the families, i.e., help gather information about community resources, help obtain financial, transportation, food and shelter supports.
  8. 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. Whenever possible, the Family Services Coordinator should attend the Comprehensive and Treatment Plan Reviews.
  9. The Family Services Coordinator should meet at least monthly with their Residential Department Head for supervision, and weekly with the Cottage Director for supervision and guidance.
  10. Conduct a Parents’ Support Group on a regularly scheduled basis.
  11. Represent the Agency at Family Court hearings and present the Agency’s assessment and recommendation regarding the children’s and families’ treatment needs.
  12. Help develop discharge plans. As needed, make referrals for aftercare services, including but not limited to services through Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Bridges to Health, Mental Health, etc.  Assist families in identifying and securing aftercare resources.
  13. Perform Agency public relations functions as directed by the Residential Department Head.
  14. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Admissions and the Residential Department Head.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 Cottage Director and Residential Department Head (Director of Special Services, Hard to Place Services, or Institutional Services) for all treatment and liaison functions

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:         

  • One year experience in a residential outpatient program serving troubled youth High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required at date of hire)
  • Physical and TB Test (required within one month of date of hire)
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License (copy required upon at date of hire)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:      

  • AAS Degree in related field

HOURS:                                              

Monday-Thursday, 1:00 pm-9:00 pm

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Responsible to co-facilitate treatment groups and develop thematic group curriculum as needed.
  2. Responsible for developing, organizing, and implementing program structure, expectations, policies, and protocols.
  3. Responsible for supervising clients in the day to day routines and structure of the program.
  4. Responsible for developing and supervising appropriate recreational and educational programs for clients.
  5. Responsible for providing clients with individual tutorial assistance during a structured study hour.
  6. Responsible for transporting clients to and from the program site on The William George Agency campus.
  7. Responsible for providing input into treatment team meetings for the planning of each client’s treatment goals and objectives.
  8. Responsible for helping implement each client’s individual treatment plan.
  9. Responsible for serving as a positive role model for clients by engaging in activities productively.
  10. Responsible for ensuring that clients adhere to all behavioral expectations, rules, and standards of conduct established for the program.
  11. Responsible for behavior management of clients and crisis intervention where appropriate including physical restraint and life space interview.
  12. 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:         

Therapeutic  After-school Program

SUPERVISED BY:      

Program Director

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:           

  • Bachelors Degree, preferably in Social Work, Human Services or Counseling related field (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Direct experience working with youth in a counseling position
  • 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:                                              

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

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

Under the supervision of the Department Head, effectively provide clinical Case Planning services to youth with the goal of family reunification and positive reintegration back into their home communities.   

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Responsible for the development and coordination of an individual treatment planning for each resident and family. Implementation of the treatment plan and discharge planning along with appropriate continuing care recommendations.
  2. Maintain up-to-date and accurate information on each resident in the statewide Connections system, including progress notes, incidences of family contact, resident contact individual, and group counseling, etc. as required by New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
  3. Coordinate appropriate family/resource visitation in conjunction with the Cottage Manager.
  4. During weekly Cottage Team Meetings, provide in-service training to educate and guide Youth Care Specialist in treatment interventions and supervise such service in consultation with the Cottage Director.
  5. Provide on-going updates and attend weekly supervision with the Department Head.
  6. Coordinate clinical reports for legal hearings and document any legal activity in Connections with the Cottage Director.
  7. Chair treatment team meetings in conjunction with the Cottage Director. 
  8. Attend all meetings and training as requested by the Director of Residential Services, Residential Department Head, and Human Resources Department.
  9. Assist the Cottage Director in other delegated functions.
  10. Adhere to the treatment philosophy of The William George Agency and the rules, requirements, and regulations of the New York State Office of Family and Children Services.
  11. Assist the Admissions Department with the intake process.
  12. 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.

DEPARTMENT:                                   

Residential

POSITION LEVEL:                                

Responsible to the Department Head

 

 

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 one month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED:                                             

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

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. Report missing children immediately to the Administrator on Duty.
  2. Conduct bed checks every 15 minutes and facility checks at least twice during the night. Report unusual activities to Administrator on Duty.
  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 Agency community
    6. Eating and sleeping habits
    7. Maintenance of clean and neat rooms and shared cottage facilities
  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, (g., school) 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 receiving 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 (AWOC).
  13. Be informed about the health needs of the children, and administer medications according to the directions of the Health Services Department.
  14. Store medications in the locked areas and cabinets provided in each cottage.
  15. Refer children to the Health Services Department for all medical problems and examination and treatment by the nurses and physician.
  16. Help 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.
  17. Prepare written incident reports on critical incidents and forward them to the Cottage Manager.
  18. Provide pertinent observations and assessment of children to the unit/cottage meeting.
  19. Transport children to off-campus appointments and for travel home as assigned.
  20. Make appropriate entries into the cottage log concerning pertinent and significant observations on children.
  21. Complete cottage log census form in the morning.
  22. Perform other duties as assigned
  23. 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.
  24. 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

POSITION LEVEL:                                  

Responsible to Awake Overnight Campus Supervisor

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:         

  • NYS Medical License to practice psychiatry
  • Valid New York State Drivers License
  • Yearly Physical & TB Test (required within 1 month after initial hire date)
  • Experience and expertise in the practice of psychiatry with children and adolescents in a residential or inpatient setting.

PREFERRED:                                             

  • APBN Board Certification in Child Psychiatry

HOURS:                                                        

  • 8 AM – 5 PM Monday thru Friday
  • Flexible to meet the needs of the program
  • Some evening hours may be required

POSITION LEVEL:                                  

Responsible to the Director of Residential Services

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. The full time psychiatrist will provide psychiatric services as needed to the youth in designated cottages assigned to their caseload, as well as youth in the Therapeutic Afterschool Program.
  2. The psychiatrist will be responsible to prescribe and monitor the provision of psychotropic medicine for children on their caseload.
  3. Any child admitted to a cottage on their caseload on psychotropic medicine will be seen by the psychiatrist within 30 days of admission to evaluate the appropriateness of the medication regime.  As the treating psychiatrist, he or she will make whatever changes in medicine or dosage which may be appropriate with the proper notifications and consents.
  4. The psychiatrist will conduct a medication review at least every 60 days thereafter for the purpose of ongoing monitoring and assessment regarding efficacy, appropriateness, and potential side effects of the medicine.
  5. The psychiatrist will review the need for psychotropic medicine for any child on their caseload referred for such evaluation.
  6. The psychiatrist will conduct a lethality assessment including the potential need for psychiatric hospitalization for any child on their caseload referred for such evaluation.
  7. The psychiatrist will conduct psychiatric interviews and assessments as needed including a mental status exam to facilitate appropriate treatment planning.
  8. The psychiatrist will participate in all treatment planning meetings for youth on their caseload as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team chaired and facilitated by the appropriate Residential Department Head.
  9. The psychiatrist will develop and provide inservice seminars and other trainings to the Agency’s clinical and/or administrative staff on a monthly basis.
  10. The psychiatrist may provide supervision to select medical school fellows or interns in other disciplines as needed.
  11. The psychiatrist will conduct “debriefings” to the agency’s crisis intervention team and other staff as needed.
  12. The psychiatrist will function as a member of the senior leadership team as needed and assigned for the purpose of strategic planning.
  13. The psychiatrist will coordinate the provision of psychiatric services with the medical director and the nursing supervisor.

DEPARTMENT:                          

Residential Services

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.