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Rite of Passage Child Care Worker in Torrance, California

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POSITION SUMMARY:

The primary responsibilities of a Child Care Worker are to provide safety and around-the-clock supervision of at-risk youth. Child Care Workers provide for the physical, personal and health needs of each youth through individual counseling and behavioral/social/physical and educational skill development. Child Care Workers provide an atmosphere that is supportive of the needs of the youth; monitor and document youth behaviors and activities; and participate and assist with educational, social, athletic and recreational activities. Child Care Workers work in collaboration with other professional staff to establish and/or meet the goals of each youth’s treatment plan. Child Care Workers perform standard level paraprofessional work in every aspect of the program operations. This position reports to the Program Manager or designee.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Adheres to the facility and daily schedule, ensures that the facility (unit, cottage, house, room, dorm, etc.) is on time for all elements and the youth participate in all of the scheduled activities.

  • Completes daily assignments as specified by the supervisor.

  • Ensures that program rules, norms, policies etc. are enforced and that the program is operated within all program requirements and regulatory guidelines.

  • Conducts physical count of youth within the assigned living area and/or assignment and records the count on the student check sheet as required by site operations (every 5, 10, 15, etc. minutes).

  • Follows suicide prevention monitoring as directed.

  • Teaches and monitors independent living skills, including but not limited to: searching for and securing outside employment – resume building, job searching, completing applications, and interviewing skills; purchasing groceries and meal preparation; household budgeting and bill paying; using outside agencies for unemployment, obtaining ID or driver’s license, social security card, and birth certificate; assistance with completion of paperwork for the state Transitional Housing Program.

  • Ensures there is adequate Group Living staff coverage before leaving shift.

  • Completes daily assignments as specified by the Supervisor. Promotes a sense of community by teaching and modeling cooperation, respect, and responsibility in the group living environment; encouraging participants to interact with one another and creating opportunities for them to do so.

  • Observes behavior patterns of youth in order to detect signs of depression, anger, and/or other emotional and situational problems/issues and initiates proper program behavior management and intervention techniques.

  • Encourages and supports the youth’s academic, vocation, athletic and treatment participation.

  • Facilitates problem solving through active listening, guidance, and conflict mediation with staff and youth.

  • Interacts in a positive manner with the youth’s family members.

  • Attends meetings and participates with Rite of Passage staff, Orange County, social workers, clinical staff and parents/guardians on methods to effectively work with the youth in the program.

  • Assists with food preparation.

  • Researches, creates and facilitates community youth outings.

  • Assists with student transportation if eligible driver. Transports youth to off-site appointments, school and community outings.

  • Personally provides consistent interactive supervision of the youth (know where they are and what they are doing at all times) is provided in usual, unusual and non-standard situations in various program elements (if applicable) such as:

  • Living environment

  • Positive Skill Development Groups,

  • School environment,

  • Community service,

  • Sporting programs,

  • Extra-curricular activities,

  • Student work programs,

  • Student internships.

  • Maintains thorough and accurate records, files, correspondence and statistics; completes necessary documentation (both hand-written and computer-based data entry) in a timely, accurate, complete and legible manner. May include, but not limited to: notations in the shelter log, bed roster, incident reports, late arrivals, sign-in sheets, showers and laundry schedules, bed check logs and any other forms used or as directed by the supervisor and site requirements.

  • Resolves problems and mediates conflicts involving youth encountered during assigned shift operations, determines appropriate solutions and/or seeks out assistance from other staff, supervisor or higher authority.

  • Communicates and applies policies, licensing requirements, and program elements to youth. Reports problem areas, disciplinary action, behavior problems, safety violations etc. to supervisor or higher authority.

  • Observes and appropriately responds personally to incidents such as assaults on staff and/or youth, run-away attempts, program disturbances, emergencies or other situations threatening the safety, health and/or welfare of the facility, community, youth and/or operations.

  • Performs proper safe physical management techniques when situations require and completes reporting procedures and documentation.

  • Provides conflict de-escalation and mediation involving youth, as needed.

  • Ensures facility (living areas, house, room, etc.) maintenance, safety and cleanliness meet health, and safety codes. Maintains all property and company vehicles to Title 22 Standards.

  • Ensures compliance with standards and security safeguards such as room checks; suicide watch protocols, Prison Rape Elimination Act Policies and Procedures, removal of dangerous items and youth count responsibilities.

  • Acts as a positive role model: guiding youth and facilitating appropriate behavior about daily living skills, self-care, personal interaction, social relationships and constructive time management.

  • Personally responsible to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with youth and staff; responds to youth and staff in a professional and courteous manner; observes and adheres to confidentiality standards.

  • Follows all policies and procedures regarding attendance, including punctuality and notification.

  • Maintains and promotes the cooperative, harmonious, teamwork environment ROP strives to promote within the workplace; maintains and promotes an atmosphere of dignity and respect in line with the philosophy and policies of Rite of Passage.

  • Encouraged to participate in at least 50% of the daily physical activities required of the youth, if applicable.

  • Ensures the highest standards are maintained to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct and to ensure the program remains in compliance with agency licensing and Rite of Passage policies and procedures.

  • Assists with the correction of deficiencies and quality improvement efforts.

  • Attends and participates in all required meetings.

  • Commits to attending all training and staff development classes in order to ensure sufficient hours of training on an annual basis. Notifies supervisor if annual training hours are deficient.

  • Other duties as assigned, verbally or in written form.

NOTE: An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all of the duties listed in this position description on a daily basis but each duty as a minimum is considered essential duties. Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent. BA/BS in related field preferred.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Must meet all state licensing requirements as required by specific site.

  • If required to operate a company vehicle during the course of employment, must meet the requirements to be an eligible ROP driver. Must possess a current State Driver’s License and have an acceptable driving record for the past three (3) years.

  • Ability to pass a criminal background clearance check, drug screen, physical and TB test.

  • Ability to utilize resources available to complete assigned projects.

  • Ability to prepare written reports and correspondence.

  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.

  • Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing.

  • Able to work in excess of 40 hours per week with the possibility of a varied schedule.

  • Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

  • Must have excellent organization and time management skills.

  • Ability to build and maintain positive internal and external relationships.

  • Ability to provide exemplary customer service to all employees and outside constituents.

  • Ability to function independently and as a member of a team in a multi-task environment.

  • Must be flexible and able to handle multiple priorities, with the ability to adjust to high pressure and rapidly changing business conditions.

  • Proficient in the use of computers and associated software.

Rite of Passage is a leading national provider of programs and opportunities for troubled and at-risk youth from social services, welfare agencies and juvenile courts. For over 30 years, we have developed and operated a continuum of programs based on the needs of youth and our placing agencies. With our emphasis on evidence-based practices and positive skill development, combined with our supportive therapeutic approach, our organization is highly respected by industry experts as a highly effective solution for our youth. Rite of Passage has locations across the nation! We are an organization that has a long, proud history of improving the lives of youth. Since 1984, over 25,000 youth have entered and completed our programs. Rite of Passage has built its reputation on running life changing educational treatment programs that positively contribute to the community and valuing the contributions of its staff.

Our employees are dedicated, passionate individuals that are committed to inspiring positive change. Join our qualified team and become a part of something great. Becoming a member of the Rite of Passage team is more than just a job, but an opportunity to create a meaningful career within a mis­sion driven company.

Qualifications

Behaviors

Required

  • Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest

  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

  • Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

Motivations

Required

  • Peer Recognition: Inspired to perform well by the praise of coworkers

  • Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals

Preferred

  • Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility

  • Work-Life Balance: Inspired to perform well by having ample time to pursue work and interests outside of work

  • Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

Education

Preferred

  • Bachelors or better

Licenses & Certifications

Preferred

  • Drivers License

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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