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.

We will call to schedule interviews within two business days.

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Current Positions Available

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:      

  • Personal experience with recovery from substance addiction
  • Ability to complete mandatory OASAS approved 46 hours training and exam necessary to obtain Certified Recovery Peer Advocate – Provisional (CRPA-P) certificate
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Physical and TB Test (required within 1 month of initial hire date)
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Current CRPA or CRPA-P credential
  • Previous child care experience

HOURS:                                             

  • Part time
  • Flexible afternoons and evenings

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Engaging with an individual that is considering entering treatment
  2. Engaging a client to attend treatment or other healthcare services
  3. Engaging an individual in continuing care services post-discharge
  4. Raising awareness of existing social and other support services
  5. Helping peers develop Recovery Plans
  6. Learning and practicing new skills
  7. Helping peers self-monitor their progress
  8. Modeling effective coping skills
  9. Attending court and other system meetings as a support
  10. Facilitating non-clinical peer support groups
  11. Supporting another peer in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services
  12. Must be able to perform physical intervention as per the Agency’s restraint policy
  13. Perform other duties assigned
  14. 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
  15. Responsible to adhere to all rules, regulations, policies, and philosophy of The William George Agency, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and The New York State Office of Addiction Services And Supports (OASAS)

DEPARTMENT:         

VanClef Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program

SUPERVISED BY:      

Clinical Program Director

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:            

  • Professional Cooking Experience
  • 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)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:           

  • Degree 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 Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training, be able to physically restrain residents if necessary.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Assist in the preparation and serving of meals including the salad bar, as required by the menu.
  2. Supervise and know the whereabouts of residents assigned to work in the kitchen work area and report out of program residents immediately to the Support Team.
  3. Evaluate resident’s performance daily 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 written Incident Reports of critical incidents and give 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 to support menu.
  7. Clean all equipment and pots and pans used to prepare meals and report any 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 & Family Services.

DEPARTMENT:           

Food Services

SUPERVISED BY:         

Director of Food Services

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:         

  • Bachelors Degree (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Teaching Experience
  • 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 QUALIFICATIONS:      

  • Experience with ILS Curriculum
  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years in a supervisory role

HOURS:                                              

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

OBJECTIVES OF POSITION:   

  1. To oversee and assist in Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) development and documentation;
  2. develop and maintain our internal ILSP database of resources and information;
  3. ensure compliance with New York State Independent Living Skills mandates;
  4. oversee and supervise Independent Living Skills Specialists;
  5. to be the campus liaison to Youth In Progress meetings and activities;
  6. to oversee Campus Council and all activities involved; and
  7. to oversee and supervise quarterly meetings with all ILS Specialists.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Assist in the development of the ILSP on campus through the creation of required assessment tools for ILS Assessment (Casey Life Skills Assessment).
  2. Assist in the tracking of ongoing ILSP activities on campus.
  3. Maintain records of all ILSP related services that are administered to residents.
  4. Develop data collection techniques for collection of information needed for ILSP database. Maintain database records and update information when needed.
  5. Assist Cottage Directors in ILSP documentation.
  6. Provide instructional classes on Independent Living Skills for groups of youth who are eligible.
  7. Update ILS information and service plans for unit meetings.
  8. Seek out employment opportunities for residents off campus.
  9. Organize ILSP field trips and assist in supervision of youth on those trips.
  10. Develop appropriate off-campus employment opportunities for our youth, orient a group of potential employers from local community with our program.
  11. Arrange for residents to get ILS training in personalized areas.
  12. Establish weekly ILS groups, either during program hours.
  13. Function as a liaison and resource person with outside ILSP programs and agencies.
  14. Review resources to determine usefulness to program and maintain a library of resources that are available for Agency use.
  15. Be aware of the developing changes in The William George Agency ILS program to ensure compliance with New York State Independent Living Skills mandates.
  16. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Residential Services.
  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. To adhere to all rules, regulations, policies and philosophy of The William George Agency and The Office of Children and Family Services.

DEPARTMENT:                                 

Residential Services

SUPERVISED BY:                              

Director of 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 Food Service Director

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 performance daily 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 written Incident Reports of critical incidents and give 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 to support menu.
  7. Clean all equipment and pots and pans used to prepare meals and report any 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:      

  • MSW or Masters in related field
  • 3-5 years progressive history of supervisory experience in residential youth agencies
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License
  • Yearly physical & TB test (required within 1 month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • LMSW 
  • Previous experience in working with critically disturbed adolescents in residential setting

HOURS:                                             

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

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  1. Responsible for ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the residential program and initiating program development in areas requiring improvement.
  2. Responsible for review and oversight of the treatment planning process including serving as the chairperson in facilitating treatment planning meetings and service plan reviews as necessary.
  3. Responsible for providing regular clinical and administrative supervision to Cottage Directors in support of their role as clinical team leader.
  4. Responsible to provide regular administrative supervision to Cottage Managers related to programmatic, personnel, cottage culture and child centered behavioral issues.
  5. Responsible for ensuring appropriate and timely discharge and transfer planning in conjunction with Cottage Directors and the Director of Admissions.
  6. Responsible for the selection, regular evaluation, accountability, and disciplinary process in conjunction with Human Resources for management staff within their department as well as Direct Care Staff on an as needed basis.
  7. Responsible for coordinating the efforts of Cottage Directors and Managers in offering bi-weekly cottage based in-service training to Direct Care Staff.
  8. Responsible for the review of all critical incidents as well as any corrective action which may be required.
  9. Responsible in conjunction with Human Resources to initiate and conduct a fact-finding review of any alleged staff misconduct in order to ensure the safety of residents and other staff.
  10. Responsible for ensuring the appropriate care and maintenance of the cottage physical plant as well as any vehicles assigned the cottage.
  11. Responsible for developing, implement and monitor safety plans and corrective action plans as required by The New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
  12. Responsible for developing and coordinating group treatment programs on campus as needed.
  13. Responsible for reviewing court depositions and all other department correspondence which emanates from the agency to external parties.
  14. Responsible for supervising Cottage Directors in decisions about terminations from placement and extensions of placement.
  15. Responsible for assuring the quality and timeliness of clinical documentation in Connections (progress notes, FASPs, etc.).
  16. Responsible for assisting The New York State Office of Children and Family Services during audits and evaluations of the campus program (e., VARs).
  17. 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.
  18. Responsible for the implementation of programming reflective of The William George Agency treatment philosophy, at the direction of the Executive Director.
  19. Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with every safety standard, practice and the 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.
  20. Perform other duties as assigned.

DEPARTMENT:         

Residential Services

SUPERVISED BY:      

Director of Residential Services

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:           

  • Masters Degree, preferably in Social Work, Human Services or Counseling
  • Direct experience working with youth and families in a counseling position (copy required upon initial hire date),
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License (copy required)
  • Physical and TB Test (required within 1 month of initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:          

  • Licensed Masters Degree in Social Work
  • 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 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 RTA 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 a related field such as Social Welfare, Psychology, Counseling, etc.
  • Previous supervisory experience in working with critically disturbed youth

HOURS:                                             

  • 40 hours per week
  • 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. Receive disciplinary reports and behavior observation from the school and implement school-related problem resolutions as directed by Cottage Manager.
  4. Facilitate cottage based community meetings in conjunction with the Cottage Manager.
  5. Assist Cottage Manager in the scheduling of Youth Care Specialists during school vacations.  
  6. Responsible for ensuring the general upkeep of the cottages and the mechanical operation of the unit.
  7. Provide emergency coverage as needed.
  8. Co-lead weekly staff meeting with the Cottage Manager.
  9. In the absence of the Cottage Manager; the Shift Manager has the authority to make decisions regarding treatment of residents after consulting the respective Department Head.  
  10. Responsible for evaluating, disciplining and terminating of supervised employees in conjunction with the Human Resources Department, in the absences of the Cottage Manager.
  11. 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.
  12. Responsible for the implementation of programming reflective of The William George Agency treatment philosophy.
  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. Assist the Cottage Manager in all other delegated functions.

DEPARTMENT:                                

Residential Services

SUPERVISED BY:                             

Cottage Manager

SUPERVISION OF:                           

Youth Care Specialists

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:         

  • Bachelors Degree
  • 3-5 years of 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:      

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work
  • Previous experience in working with critically disturbed adolescents

HOURS:                                              

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

POSITION LEVEL:                             

Responsible to the Director of Hard to Place Services

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provide counseling to residents through individual sessions and group sessions.
  2. Direct Child Care Staff in treatment intervention and supervise such service in consultation with the Director of Hard to Place Services.
  3. Responsible for the development of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan for each resident and family within 60 days of admission to the Agency, and implementation and maintenance of the treatment plan, and case documentation in Connections in coordination with members of the treatment team.
  4. Provide direct service to families of residents through advocacy, counseling, social brokerage or other appropriate interventions.
  5. Responsible for the writing of progress notes in the statewide Connections system or electronic case files in regards to individual, group, family counseling and other pertinent face to face contacts.
  6. Responsible for discharge and transfer planning in conjunction with guardian(s)/resources, placing agency, potential community aftercare services, and any other involved parties.
  7. Plan and execute in-service training, team treatment, and problem-oriented meetings in conjunction with the Cottage Manager and Director of Hard to Place Services.
  8. Work collaboratively with the Cottage Manager in regards to maintaining the expectations of the physical plant as well as the therapeutic milieu.
  9. Coordinate residents home visits with Cottage Manager and placing agency.
  10. Collaborate with the placing agency and any other outside support service in the home community.
  11. Attend all meetings and opportunities for professional development as directed.
  12. Assist the Admissions Department in coordinating the arrival of youth during the intake process.
  13. Responsible for the implementation of programming reflective of The William George Agency’s treatment philosophy.
  14. Adhere to and perform 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.
  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. Assist the Director of Residential Services and Director of Hard to Place Services in other delegated functions.

DEPARTMENT:         

Residential Services

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:      

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services or Counseling or
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years of direct experience working with youth and families in a counseling position (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • 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 thru Friday; 40 hours per week
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the family

POSITION OBJECTIVE:                   

To effectively work with families in order to implement the treatment planning process with families and or permanency resources to facilitate the goal of family reunification and to work with the family to develop and implement a continuing care plan and establish effective permanency.  The Regional Family Services Coordinator will serve the families/discharge resource in the designated region assigned.

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 of the Counties in the region.
  2. Work closely with the Cottage Director’s 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 communities 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 Regional 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. Represent the Agency at Family Court hearings and present the Agency’s assessment and recommendation regarding the children’s and families’ treatment needs.
  11. 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.
  12. Perform Agency public relations functions as directed by the Residential Department Head.
  13. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Admissions and the Residential Department Head.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 Services Department Head for all treatment and liaison functions

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.