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 (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Teaching Experience
  • Valid New York State Drivers License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Yearly Physical (required within 1 month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Experience with ILS Curriculum

HOURS:                                             

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

OBJECTIVE OF POSITION:   

  1. To assist in Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) development and documentation.
  2. Develop and maintain Independent Living Skills Management Systems (ILMS) database.
  3. Ensure compliance with New York State Independent Living Skills mandates.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Assist in the development of the ILSP on campus through the creation of required assessment tools for ILS Assessment.
  2. Assist in the tracking of ongoing ILSP activity 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 ILMS database. Maintain database records and update information as and when needed.
  5. Assist Cottage Directors in ILSP documentation.
  6. Provide instructional classes on Independent Living Skills for groups of children who are eligible.
  7. Update ILS information and service plans at unit meetings and update files.
  8. Represent Agency employment opportunities for residents off campus, such as interviews, follow-up and program understanding.
  9. Take residents on ILSP field trips.
  10. Develop for residents appropriate off-campus employment experience and a group of potentialemployers from local community who are orientated to our program, as approved and directed by the Director of Residential Services.
  11. Arrange for residents to get ILS training in designated areas.
  12. Establish ILS groups on a weekly basis, either during program hours (as deemed appropriate by the school and/or employment office or after 3:00 PM weekdays).
  13. Function as a liaison and resource person with ILSP resource programs and agencies.
  14. Review resources (tapes, games, etc.), determine usefulness to program, and keep an updated list circulated through the Agency of what is available for staff to use.
  15. Cultivate off-campus service agencies as part of the ILS class work program.
  16. Lead field trips appropriate to the goals of The William George Agency ILS program.
  17. Be aware of the developing changes in The William George Agency ILS program to insure compliance with New York State Independent Living Skills mandates.
  18. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Residential Services.
  19. 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.
  20. 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:                             

Cottage Manager

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                  

  • Professional Cooking Experience
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon hire)
  • Physical and TB Test (required within 1 month of hire)
  • Valid NYS Drivers License (copy required upon hire)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Degree and/or courses in related field

HOURS:                                             

  • A Shift (Sunday thru Wednesday)
  • 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. Assist in the preparation and serving of meals as required by 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 in a timely manner.           
  6. Pull items from 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 check list 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:      

  • Current NYS Registration for RN (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Yearly Physical (required within 1 month of initial hire date)

PREFERRED:                                             

  • Experience with adolescents

HOURS:                                                        

  • 40 hour work week
  • Flexible day/evening hours to meet needs of the program

POSITION OBJECTIVES:

  1. To provide high quality nursing care and health education to the residents of The William George Agency.
  2. To provide continuing education to staff concerning OSHA regulations.
  3. To oversee medication administration in the cottages.
  4. To develop health/safety related issues of the residents and staff.
  5. To participate in development of health care policy for The William George Agency.
  6. To oversee the Hepatitis B vaccine program for staff.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Assist the Medical Director and Nursing Supervisor in timely review of policies, procedures and protocols for medical and nursing care at the clinic.Maintain documentation in a medical record for each child at The William George Agency in accordance with established practices and NYS OCFS regulations.
  2. Conduct appropriate medical and health examinations as directed by Medical Director or stipulated by NYS OCFS regulations.
  3. Provide appropriate nursing and medical care to the children who have health related complaints and make appropriate referrals as necessary.
  4. Ensure that Cottage Director and Manager are informed of the health needs of each child in their care.
  5. Attend cottage meetings to discuss health care issues as needed or at request of Cottage Director or Manager. 
  6. Directly supervise and maintain medication logs prescribed by the physician and psychiatrists in accordance with established medical practices and NYS OCFS regulations.
  7. Conduct medication classes for cottage staff to include:
    1. The 5 rights of medication administration
    2. Correct documentation/charting of medication administration
    3. Familiarize CCW with side effects of specific medications
    4. Review injury/illness protocols
    5. Correct protocol and documentation of medication errors
    6. Maintain communication with Cottage Manager/Director
  8. Attend 30 day treatment meeting, planning conferences and cottage meetings as possible. Prepare written health summaries as needed.
  9. Conduct OSHA classes on blood borne pathogens for staff as needed and maintain written records.
  10. Offer Hepatitis B Vaccine program, including education of staff and administration of vaccine; maintain written records of administration or declination of Hepatitis B Vaccine.
  11. Assist in staff physical exams to include BP, PPD and maintain written records for medical clinic/personnel.
  12. Perform tasks as assigned by supervising nurse to insure optimum functioning of the clinic. These tasks include, but are not limited to:
    1. Maintaining inventory of medical supplies/equipment
    2. Ordering supplies/equipment as needed
    3. Routine housekeeping duties to maintain building
    4. Submitting repair orders and requisitions for supplies as needed
    5. Scheduling of residents/staff to see physician as needed
    6. Scheduling off-campus appointments for dental visits
    7. Scheduling/transporting residents to medical trips as ordered by physician. Staff nurse must use WGA vehicle (except for special circumstances).
    8. Provide health related counseling and education to residents
  13. Monitor children at meals and in school for medication administration and health assessments.
  14. Draw blood work as ordered by physician using standard medical practices and OSHA guidelines.
  15. Procure, maintain and update immunization records for each resident at The William George Agency.
  16. Following standard orders, assess and treat medical conditions as needed, making proper referrals.
  17. Staff nurses will be available to AOD via Agency issued cell phone 24 hours/day. Cell phone call will rotate among staff. Written record will be kept of calls and transcribed to medical charts in a timely fashion.
  18. Perform other duties as assigned by the Medical Director or Nursing Supervisor.
  19. 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.
  20. Adhere to all rules, regulations, policies and philosophy of The William George Agency and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

POSITION LEVEL: 

Responsible to the Medical Director and Nursing Supervisor

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:      

  • Previous work experience with lawn maintenance equipment and horticulture landscaping
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Valid New York State Drivers License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Yearly Physical (required within one month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Degree in related field
  • Experience working with adolescent teens
  • Previous experience in grounds, lawn maintenance or horticulture.
  • Previous experience and general maintenance with tractors, farm equipment. Including lawn and garden tools, chainsaws and power tools.

HOURS:                                             

  • Monday through Friday, 8AM-1:45 PM Grounds responsibilities, 1:45PM-2:45 PM Vocational instruction, 2:45-4:30 PM Vocational supervising
  • Must be flexible to meet the needs of the program

 OBJECTIVES OF POSITION:

  1. To work in any phase of the employer or landscaper work program.
  2. To work with and supervise adolescents and to instruct and supervise resident employees in the Groundkeeper program. To prepare plans that will guide the instruction process.
  3. To provide positive role models for children in care at the Agency.
  4. To teach residents a trade and maintain the overall horticultural aspects of the campus.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to have a full range of mobility in upper and lower body. The employee must be able to reach overhead, be able to work in various positions, including stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time. The employee must be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete assigned job tasks, and be able to lift 50 pounds of weight throughout the assigned work day frequently.

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

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Duties: 8AM-4:30PM

  1. Responsible for operating appropriate equipment to mow and maintain campus lawns and grounds.
  2. Responsible for mandatory overtime during winter snow removal times.
  3. Work with Grounds Supervisor and other groundskeepers in the overall plans for campus beautification.
  4. Grow seasonal plants in the greenhouse for plant sales and campus flower beds.
  5. Design and create flower gardens; work with Grounds Supervisor and other groundskeepers in the overall plans for campus landscaping, trees, flowers, shrubs and cover for banks and nursery stock; plan and supervise vegetable garden, if applicable.
  6. Prune, move and handle general care of existing trees and shrubs; plan and supervise re-forestation on selected area of campus as well as shade trees for pastures; assist in planning for spraying, rolling and fertilizing lawn area
  7. Replace soil and plant grass seed after excavation projects.
  8. Care and management of Greenhouse (all seasons). Grow plants for the Agency buildings and grounds for the upcoming seasons; care for and maintain tools, supplies, and equipment entrusted to them at the greenhouse, stress safety and economical use of equipment and supplies.
  9. Performs repair and maintenance of landscaper vehicles and tools as needed.
  10. Be able to handle all the physical responsibilities of the position, which includes but not limited to lifting, moving, and prolonged periods of sitting.

Vocational Instructional Responsibilities: 1:45PM-2:45PM

  1. Assess the residents’ interests and knowledge of the landscape program.
  2. Instruct, supervise, and work with residents in the groundkeeper’s program.
  3. Instruct residents in the proper and safe care of work areas and equipment; stressing safety at all times.
  4. Be a role model to residents in working safely with all equipment and keeping the area safe and neat at all times.

Vocational Employer Responsibilities: 2:45PM-4:30PM

  1. Be prepared and in a position to begin work in accordance with community time schedules; ensure that assigned residents are properly supervised at all times; set up production schedules and priorities.
  2. Maintain attendance and work schedule records.
  3. Enforce established dress, conduct, and behavior appropriate to the employment area.
  4. Serve as a role model to residents in all activities of and with The William George Agency.
  5. Communicate significant citizen behavior to the appropriate personnel in a timely and factual manner; document in writing all incidents involving physical abuse or destruction or community property
  6. Observe and practice community standards and regulations.
  7. Actively participate in staff training functions to help others learn and to facilitate self-development and an understanding of The William George Agency philosophy.
  8. Promote cooperation and understanding to ensure the appropriate delivery of the program as a true expression of The William George Agency philosophy.
  9. Keep all resident and trade-related records and paperwork in a timely and organized manner.
  10. Perform related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  11. 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 attendance at all required safety-related training.
  12. 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:        

Facilities

SUPERVISED BY:     

Director of Facilities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (copy required upon hire date)
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License (copy required upon hire date)
  • Yearly Physical (required within 1 month after hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS    

  • AAS Degree in Related Field
  • Previous Child Care Work Experience

HOURS                                              

  • Monday through Friday, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM                        

 OBJECTIVES OF POSITION

  1. To facilitate continuity of treatment and support, on a daily basis, in the transition of residents from the School environment to the Residential program.
  2. To coordinate the necessary services and staff assignments for children in crisis in the daily School to Residential transition.
  3. To provide support to children in crisis through the use of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention techniques.
  4. To help create and maintain a safe environment for the children.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Perform as an integral member of the Behavioral Intervention Team at the School and the Agency’s Support Teams, working in conjunction with the Behavioral Intervention Specialist and the Director of Support Services, to provide assistance with reviewing incidents with reporting and evaluating incidents, problem-solving, planning strategies for smooth transition from School to Residential, and coordinating recommendations to assist students with challenging behavior, in order to effectively manage transitions from each program.
  2. Work with the Behavioral Intervention Specialist and the Director of Support Services in order to create and maintain consistent expectations across the school and residential programs.
  3. Help create a safe environment for the residents by facilitating conflict resolution, role modeling, and promotion of safety awareness.
  4. Help identify and de-escalate potential crisis situations involving children.
  5. Provide crisis intervention support to help restore self-control to children who are out of control by the use of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention techniques.  Be physically and mentally alert at all times, and be prepared to walk for extended periods of time to provide ongoing support to children.
  6. Maintain records to manage transition issues between programs and provide for continuity of care.
  7. Circulate between the school and residential program areas and interact with children, using appropriate verbal techniques to encourage children to participate actively in all program activities.
  8. Assist with dismissal procedures and school-to-cottage transitions.
  9. Upon receiving a report or through direct observation, locate out-of-program children and return them to their program area.  If a child is determined to be AWOL, cooperate fully with the local and home community authorities to return the child safely to the Agency.
  10. Transport children back to campus from unauthorized absences, and to off campus appointments (rec trips, medical appointments, home visits, etc.) as assigned.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned by the Behavioral Intervention Specialist and the Director of Support Services.
  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.
  13. To adhere to all rules, regulations, policies, and philosophy of The George Junior Union Free School District, The William George Agency and The Office of Children and Family Services.

POSITION LEVEL                 

Jointly responsible to the Behavioral Instruction Specialist and the Director of Support Services

 

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 Drivers License (copy required upon initial hire date)
  • Yearly Physical (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, Sunday to Wednesday; Wednesday to Saturday;
  • 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      

  • Masters Degree, preferably in Social Work, Human Services or Counseling or
  • Bachelors Degree and 3-5 years of 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)
  • Yearly Physical (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

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Responsible for the development of an individual treatment plan for each resident and family, implementation of the treatment plan and subsequent transfer 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. Provide individual, group and family counseling to residents and their families as well as coordinate appropriate family/resource visitation in conjunction with the Cottage Manager and Youth Care Specialists.
  4. During weekly Cottage Team Meetings, provide in-service training to educate and guide Youth Care Specialists in treatment interventions and supervise such service in consultation with the Residential Program Department Head.
  5. Prepare clinical reports for legal hearings and document any legal activity in Connections.
  6. Chair treatment team meetings in conjunction with the Residential Services Department Head. 
  7. Provide administrative oversight of the cottage’s physical plant and programming.
  8. Attend all meetings and training as requested by the Director of Residential Services, Residential Services Department Head, and Human Resources Department.
  9. Assist the Director of Residential Services in other delegated functions.
  10. Assist the Admissions Department with the intake process.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

DEPARTMENT

Residential Services

SUPERVISED BY                  

Residential Services Department Head

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  

  • Masters Degree (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)
  • Yearly Physical (required within one month after initial hire date)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS  

  • Licensed 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 RTA Program Director, effectively provide clinical therapeutic services to the RTA youth with the goal of family reunification and positive reintegration back into their home communities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Responsible for the provision of intensive individual, group and family therapy and treatment planning services for male at-risk youth in the RTA program. 
  2. Responsible for identifying potential mental health and substance abuse needs and making referrals when needed.
  3. Will work closely with the Case Planner to ensure that the child’s individual therapy needs are incorporated into the youth’s treatment plan.
  4. Provide individual, group and family counseling to the RTA youth and their families.
  5. Provide on-going updates and attend weekly supervision with the Program Director.
  6. During weekly cottage team meetings, provide progress reports and updates regarding RTA youth and family interventions.  
  7. Prepare clinical reports for legal hearings and document any legal activity in Connections.
  8. Attend all meetings and training as requested by the Program Director, Director of Institutional Services, and Human Resources Department.
  9. Adhere to the treatment philosophy of The William George Agency and the rules, requirements, and regulations of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
  10. Responsible for adhering to and performing all duties in accordance with the 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 Services

SUPERVISED BY                             

RTA Program Director

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:

  • 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.