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At Open Door Youth Services, our team strives to carry out our mission of responding to the needs and promoting the healthy development of vulnerable children and youth. Open Door has been focused on our vision for over 40 years to create a better community for youth to thrive and we plan to continue for many more.

Residential Youth Mentor (Social Emotional Learning Focus) for Open Door Youth Services are responsible for providing supervision and care for resident children currently displaced from their home environment and providing a safe and supportive environment that includes Social Emotional Learning (SEL).


Supervises and cares for residents.

Ensures posted schedule is followed, including, but not limited to, meal times.

Completes necessary documentation for intakes, daily progress notes, food log, chore chart, phone/visit/pass log, incident reports, and any other documentation when needed.

Engages in discussions and activities with residents.

Ensures the physical environment remains clean and safe.

Reports emergencies and needed repairs to on-call supervisor.

Transports residents to appointments as assigned.

Answers telephone and door.

Completes Staff Rating of Youth Behavior for residential youth at intake and discharge, Program Quality Assessment, and Program Improvement Plans.

Consults with other child care staff about implementing SELF practices within the schedule and consults with Independent Living Coordinator to create schedule to include SEL activities.

Completes curriculum mapping as needed for various projects/activities.

Arranges outside SEL activities/opportunities for youth.

Supports and encourages residents’ independence.

Responds to crisis situations.

Performs related duties as assigned.


High school diploma or GED.

Must be 21 years of age.

Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain required certifications/training, including CPR, First-Aid, Blood-borne Pathogens, and Crisis Intervention certifications.

Ability to meet all hiring requirements including passage of a medical exam.

Practical knowledge of SEL practices, programs, and activities.

Practical knowledge of and ability to make practical application of State and local sanitation and safety regulations/guidelines/procedures.

Working knowledge of basic filing systems and ability to create and maintain Department files and records.

Ability to use strong skills of diplomacy and relationship-building to build trust and rapport and work with children of various ages and abilities and with histories of trauma.

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other School Corporation/City/County/ State departments and agencies, Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities.

Candidate Requirements:

· Applicants must be 21 years old and must have a high school diploma or equivalency.

· Upon hire, candidates must complete employee file requirements (outlined by the Office Manager) and must obtain a CPR & First Aid Certification, which will both be provided by the organization.

If this sounds like the right fit for you, we’d love to speak with you! Either submit an application or contact Alisha Farnsley-Hess to learn more about the positions available. Alisha can be reached at (812) 948-5481.

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