New Beginning House Resident Assistant

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The New Beginning House Resident Assistant will engage and establish mutually respectful, trusting relationships with the youth we serve. Staff will utilize a strength-based, trauma-informed approach to working with youth. The Resident Assistant is responsible for the coordination of life skills programming and education and employment curriculum at the New Beginning House. Staff will conduct ongoing assessments of youth’s skill level and create individual/group training opportunities.

The New Beginning Resident Assistant will also be responsible for providing direct supervision and support to residents during traditional and non-traditional hours. Monitoring group dynamics and direct crisis intervention and response is expected. This position will also assist the New Beginning
Program Manager in creating and implementing a service learning model for the residents in order to build healthy, permanent connections in our community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  • Crisis intervention and response;
  • Conduct on-going assessments of participants life skills, employment and education needs;
  • Implementation of life skills training and employment and education curriculum;
  • Incorporating CYS philosophy and effective teaching approaches;
  • Is able to manage the environment in order to provide a safe and supportive residential program through mediation, role-modeling and positive interaction with New Beginning residents;
  • Transporting program participants, as required and consistent with agency policies;
  • Possesses sound problem solving and decision-making skills;
  • Maintains clear professional boundaries;
  • Is able to work evening hours and weekends;
  • Understands and promotes strength-based, trauma informed service delivery (youth leadership, asset development);
  • Is knowledgeable on managing group dynamics and can demonstrate various intervention techniques;
  • Is familiar with the homeless/runaway youth service system and community resources;
  • Maintains accurate and up to date client records; and

EMPLOYMENT GUIDELINES
Candidate must:

  • 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 family friendly
  • Establish effective working relationships with supervisor and co-workers
  • Develop positive relationships with all key stakeholders
  • Have strong literacy skills (i.e., reading, writing, comprehension)
  • Have excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Conduct research and apply best-practices and evaluation methods
  • Effectively promote knowledge and skill development and positive behaviors
  • Provide leadership and/or work independently as requested

CULTURAL SENSITIVITY
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.

QUALIFICATIONS
A minimum of an Associates Degree in human services, education or a related field; and (1) one year experience or an equivalent combination of education, employment and life experience. Bachelor’s
Degree preferred.

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. (Applies to RHY staff only.)
  • Completion of fingerprinting process and clearance via NYS Department (Applies to school based service employees only.)
  • A valid driver’s license and able to clear driving record check for agency insurance purposes
  • Access to a telephone

*Note: It is also mandatory that new employees be cleared by the NYS Central Register prior to unsupervised interaction with clients.

Pay Rate: $16-$19 per hour

The Center for Youth provides equal opportunities for employment.

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