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The Chrysalis House Relief Counselor will monitor and provide support for residents of a maternity group home in the event the On-Site Support Staff and/or Skillbuilders are unavailable for personal emergencies or scheduled vacation. Hours for this position are flexible and depend on the needs of the program. Overnight Relief Counselors will remain awake from 10pm-12am to help support residents during bedtime hours. Once the residents are asleep and their shift responsibilities are completed, they may go to sleep in the private space provided. The Counselor will be expected to wake up at 6am to assist youth until 8am when their shift is over.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
· Perform client checks (health and safety) and curfew checks as needed;
· Set house alarm system by designated time as needed;
· Provide guidance and support with inter-personal issues as they arise between residents;
· Monitor resident’s adherence to program rules and expectations;
· Provide participants with access to the house and their bedrooms in the event of lock-outs;
· Respond to resident emergencies at Chrysalis House as indicated by program procedures and alert Agency On-Call Supervisor when appropriate;
· Possess sound judgment, problem solving and decision making skills;
· Is youth positive, friendly, engaging and can foster a sense of trust;
· Maintain clear professional boundaries;
· Maintain accurate and up to date records on bedroom/curfew checks and incidents; and
· Other duties as assigned.
· Adhere to ethical conduct
· Demonstrate professionalism i.e., timely, dependable, responsible, flexible
· Be non-judgmental and respectful
· Model principles of inclusion and tolerance
· Be youth centered and positive
· Be youth friendly
· Establish effective working relationships with supervisor and co-workers
· Have strong literacy skills (i.e., reading, writing, comprehension)
· Have excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
· Apply best-practices and evaluation methods
· Effectively promote knowledge and skill development and positive behaviors
· Provide leadership and/or work independently as requested
Candidate must possess knowledge of –
· adolescent development including: positive youth development, asset development, risk reduction and protective factors
· crisis intervention techniques
· community resources
· client advocacy
The Center delivers services to youth and families from many racial, ethnic, cultural, social and life style groups. We value differences in people and strive to understand diverse cultures, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, abilities and beliefs. To this end, all staff are required to attend professional development trainings and to continually enhance their understanding of cultural diversity.
Staff are expected to respect and honor cultural and human diversity. The annual Performance Appraisal provides an opportunity for staff to evaluate how they are integrating culturally competent practices into their everyday work.
A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in human services, education or a related field; and 1 year experience or an equivalent combination of education, employment and life experience.
In addition to the above, it is mandatory that candidates meet the following criteria prior to hire:
- Completion of State Central Registry Clearance form*
- Authorization for agency to complete criminal background check
- Authorization for the agency to obtain driving record information
- Proof of a satisfactory physical exam within the last 12 months including a PPD and annually thereafter.
- Completion of fingerprinting process and clearance via NYS Justice Center.
- A valid driver’s license and regular access to a motor vehicle
- Automobile insurance at the level of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident Bodily Injury and $50,000 Property Damage
*Note: It is also mandatory that the new employees be cleared by the NYS Central Register prior to unsupervised interaction with clients.
Job Type: Part-time
Pay: $12.50 per hour