Life Skills & Housing Instructor – 9400
Valley Youth House empowers and strengthens the lives of children, youth and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.
We are currently looking for a qualified applicant to fill the following position: Life Skills & Housing Instructor
The Life Skills Counselor 1 is responsible for client supervision and guidance, case management, individual and/or group life skills counseling, and all aspects of day-to-day program functions, which may include apartment and site monitoring, community relations issues, and liaison related contacts. This also includes generating goal plans with youth/client, tracking their accomplishments, submitting all required county, state and federal documentation. As well as maintaining all documents related to the client records. The Life Skills Counselor 1 is under the authority of the Senior Vice-President, the Director, the Associate Director and reports directly to the Program Supervisor/Program Coordinator.
- Successfully engage youth/client in developing and implementing their individual goal and/or transition plan using positive youth development, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate frameworks.
- A minimum of 50% of the working hours will be spent providing quality in-person goal planning, instruction and case management services according to youth’s/client’s identified level of service.
- Ensure up-to-date paper & electronic client records in compliance with program, county, state and federal regulations and private grant requirements as applicable.
Essential Functions of Position
- Meet with the youth/client according to program requirements to model and practice independent living skills with youth/client, including, but not limited to: academic and career planning, permanent relationships/mentoring, housing/household maintenance, priority setting, money management, and health and wellness.
- Represent the program and agency in a professional manner and maintain positive community relationships in a proactive manner.
- Be the primary liaison contact and provide regular ongoing case coordination with community contacts such as referral/funding sources, children and youth agencies, landlords, probation, school personnel, employers, doctor’s offices.
- Participate in on-call rotation as required by program area. (May be N/A for some programs).
- Address and report any crisis or critical incident as defined by agency and/or county, state or federal regulations according to the agency’s formalized practice and protocols.
- Understand and adhere to Valley Youth House policies, practices, and procedures.
- To participate in weekly scheduled supervision with direct supervisor and be prepared with an agenda.
- To attend and actively participate in team meetings.
- To attend both external and internal agency training and workshops and complete and pass all required training as set forth in the funder and licensing regulations as required.
- To complete other related tasks as appropriate or assigned.
- The Life Skills Counselor shall be a mature individual with the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of positive youth development in the independent living program.
- The Life Skills Counselor will possess sound judgment and knowledge of adolescent development.
- This individual will be organized and highly adept at managing multiple tasks and assignments. Successful team members are creative thinkers and flexible in their approaches to people and projects.
- They must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and ability to operate agency vehicle.
- They will never have been convicted of any prohibited criminal or child abuse offense.
- They shall possess a BS/BA in human services or an equivalent combination of experience in the field and education and one-year experience working with adolescents is preferred.