Post Date: 11/09/2018
Close Date: 12/31/2018
The Temporary Living Skills Mentor provides quality youth support and guidance to its clients. The Living Skills Mentor is responsible for carrying out the daily routines of an independent living program for males, ages 18-24, who are re-entering the community from a structured residential setting. This position will assist the Independent Living Skills Coordinator with client community safety planning, activity planning, and skill development 3 hours per client per week.
In addition the Living Skills Mentor is responsible for supervision, skill development, crisis intervention, and follow through with clients regarding their case plan, for up to six clients at any given time. This could include crisis management while still covering the floor and attending to the safety of other clients as well as tracking community clients all at the same time. Therefore it requires extensive exercise of independent direction and judgment as the Annex is primarily a single coverage program.
SCHEDULE: Temporary Position 20-30 hours per week; Swing shifts Wednesday-Sunday
4:30pm-9:30pm; plus additional hours for staff meetings and supervision. However, this schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.
WAGE/BENEFITS: $13.46 per hour. Ineligible for benefits except as required by law.
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.
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 mental health, social work, juvenile justice, or related field or two years experience working with youth is preferred. (Note: No less than 50 percent of the Direct Care Staff shall have a Bachelor’s Degree or 2 years experience working with youth.)
Previous relevant experience and familiarity with applicable resources preferred.
Preference may be extended to current employees of Janus Youth Programs, Inc.
Must value working in a multicultural/diverse environment.
Ability to work effectively and act on the agenda of the program.
Ability to problem solve, exercise independent judgment within program guidelines, and respond to crisis situations.
Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and judgment in working with a variety of people.
Ability to effectively monitor safety and effectively de-escalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.
Ability to remain calm and emotionally available in an environment that serves at-risk and troubled adolescents
Ability to regularly attend scheduled shift, be punctual for scheduled shift and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of the position.
Ability to accurately read, record, interpret and convey information.
Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, including clients, co-workers, management staff, and identified community partners.
Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in working with others and in handling confidential information.
Ability to climb at least 2 flights of stairs.
Ability to provide visual and auditory supervision of clients.
Ability to escort and supervise clients in the community which may require standing and walking up to an hour at one time.
Ability to accurately log the outcome of client meetings and planning sessions.
Ability to direct clients to resource groups in the community for assistance
Ability to problem solve while keeping in mind the best interest and welfare of the client.
Ability to stay awake and alert throughout assigned shift.
Demonstrated ability to accept supervision and act upon feedback provided.
Manual/Physical dexterity allowing for performance of routine office and household functions (i.e, phone use, filing, faxing, copying, computer use, cleaning, etc.).
OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:
Driving is preferred; a personal vehicle for travel and/or transport clients preferred. 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.
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 and/or weekend hours.
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.).