Job Details

Lead Skills Trainer

Janus Youth Programs, Inc, Portland, Oregon

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 05/04/2019

The Lead Skills Trainer is responsible for providing quality youth care and close intensive supervision of male adolescent clients in a residential treatment setting. This position assists in the day-to-day operation of the residential treatment facility and provides leadership and direction for Skills Trainer/ Direct Care Staff during their shifts. This position will assist the clinical team in transporting clients to daily medical and counseling appointments. This position is responsible for providing supervision and support to clients in their school setting.

SCHEDULE: 30 to 40 hours per week; to be determined. However, the schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.

WAGE/BENEFITS: $14.66 per hour. Janus offers an excellent benefits program including medical, dental, life & long-term disability insurance; EAP; 401(k) and paid time off (varied eligibility waiting periods apply). Voluntary optional coverage is also available.

Applications for all positions may be forwarded to appropriate similar positions within Janus Youth Programs. Positions may vary by location, pay structure, union, and supervisory staff.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume through Paycom:

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying.

Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, juvenile justice, counseling, or related field.

At least one year of work experience providing supervision and treatment service to youth in a shelter, residential treatment program or closed custody facility.

1 to 2 years work experience as a Skills Trainer at Imani preferred.


Genuine concern for young people and the ability to treat all people with dignity and respect, and openness to learning and implementing a Positive Youth Development approach to youth work.

Ability to work effectively within: culturally diverse populations; team dependent models; crisis management; strength-based theoretical orientation; adolescent development; and family reunification. Ability to work effectively may be demonstrated through academic experience, job experience, references, and interview responses.

A commitment to on-going training and a willingness to receive and act upon feedback.

Ability to accurately read, record, and interpret information and complete written documentation that meets contract and program guidelines.

Ability to provide visual and auditory supervision of program and youth.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a broad variety of people, including youth, families, staff, supervisors, and community partners.

Ability to stay calm and emotionally available in an environment serving young people who require a high level of supervision and redirection from staff.

Ability to exercise independent discretion and judgment within program guidelines.

Ability to work effectively in a team-dependent environment and to act on the agenda of the program.

Ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgment in working with a variety of people.

Ability to engage in supervision, follow program, procedural, and supervisor directions, and receive feedback in a cooperative and positive manner.

Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries working with youth and in handling confidential information.

Ability to climb and descend at least two flights of stairs.

Ability to escort and supervise clients in the community which may require standing and walking up to an hour at one time.

Ability to stay awake and alert throughout entire assigned shift and to perform routine dorm checks and facility walk-throughs.

Ability to effectively monitor safety and demonstrate group management skills and effectively de-escalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.

Ability to regularly attend scheduled shift, be punctual for scheduled shift and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of position.

Manual dexterity allowing performance of routine office tasks such as writing, phone use, filing, copying, and use of computer keyboard.

Manual/physical capability to bend, stoop, kneel, and reach, as well as occasionally lifting up to 20lbs (including overhead) in order to perform functions such as accepting donations or unpacking groceries.

Ability to perform and/or supervise routine household tasks such as cleaning, cooking, washing and folding laundry, emptying trash, sweeping/mopping, etc.


Driving is required; drives agency vehicle and/or​ a personal vehicle for travel and/or transport clients required. All employees who drive for work purposes must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for state of residency, have a driving record that permits coverage under the corporate auto liability policy, and complete the agency’s driving approval process before driving for work. If driving a personal vehicle for work purposes drivers must also have personal auto liability coverage ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended). Employees are not to drive for work purposes until they have received written authorization to do so.

Bloodborne Pathogens training is required on first day of employment and annually thereafter.

Must complete Mandatory Abuse Training within the first 30 days of employment and annually thereafter.

Provides emergency first-aid, as needed, and must have and maintain standard first-aid/CPR certification.

Must pass criminal history background check.

Food Handler's Certification required within 5 days of hire.

Must obtain National Provider Identification Number through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System within 5 days of hire.


May involve exposure to communicable diseases, including a variety of illnesses and infections such as the common cold, TB, Hepatitis, flu, meningitis, and HIV.

May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and families.

May involve time in excess of routine schedule and/or overtime, including evening/overnight, weekend hours, and/or holidays.

May require working and providing services at locations other than program site (i.e., restaurant, café’, clients’ apartments, etc.,) and may, therefore, be exposed to environments not under agency control (i.e., second-hand smoke, varying hygiene practices, etc.).

This position description is intended to give the reader a general idea of the overall purpose and the main activities and responsibilities that are intrinsic to this position. While this description is intended to be representative, it is not intended to be limiting.

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