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The Youth Care Worker I is responsible for providing a variety of direct care services to residents, assisting professional staff in the implementation of individual treatment plans, and ensuring the effective operation of the residential program.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Teaches and monitors behaviors/skills according to individualized treatment plans using the Psycho-Educational Model (PEM)


Models appropriate relationships with youth and staff

Teaches meal preparation and living skills

Attends consultation meetings

Monitors and maintains a safe living and learning environment for youth (e.g., bed checks, recreational activities, educational activities, etc.)

Attends to youths’ medical/physical conditions

Assists in the preparation of youth summaries and reports (e.g., clinical summaries, behavioral report cards, discharge summaries, incident reports,etc.)

Assists in processing documents for youth intake and departure

Updates youth files

Participates in shift transition meetings

Attends weekly staff meetings and daily feedback sessions

Transports youth to and from cottage/campus to school, appointments, and outings


Supervisory Responsibilities


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.




To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies :


SCM – Staff will demonstrate the 5 C’s of JKM’s Safe Crisis Management: Commitment, Care, Consistency, Competency, and Courage Staff will identify and understand the common sources, characteristics, and types of Behaviors of Concern. Staff will identify, understand, and utilize:

a.) Universal Principles and Practices

b.) Prevention Strategies

c.) De-Escalation Strategies

d.) Emergency Safety Physical Interventions (ESPIs)

e.) Function-based Behavior Support Planning

f.) After Incident Procedures

Staff will demonstrate competency in the SCM curriculum by passing a written test with a score of 85% or higher, and an Emergency Safety Physical Intervention test by scoring 65.5 or more points (out of 70), in all evaluated areas.


PEM – Staff will identify and understand the hallmarks of safety, permanency, and well-being. Staff will identify, understand, and demonstrate the ability to foster and maintain therapeutic relationships. Staff will identify, understand, and create a therapeutic environment. Staff will demonstrate proficiency in the utilization of Teaching Interactions and application of the Motivation System. Staff will demonstrate competency in the PEM curriculum by passing daily written tests and practical skill outs of all Teaching Interactions with a score of 80% or higher, in all evaluated areas.

Oral/Written Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings. Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.


Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.


Quality/Quantity – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality. Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.


Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience


High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s degree in a preferred field of study desired.


Language Skills


Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.


Mathematical Skills


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Computer Skills


To perform this job successfully, employee should have knowledge of Microsoft Office, time keeping software and electronic medical records.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations


SCM Certification, First Aide/CPR


Valid driver’s license


Other Skills and Abilities


Ability to learn and demonstrate required training including; Safe Crisis Management (SCM) and PEM


Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.


Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.


Other Qualifications


Must be at least 21 years old


Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. You, the employee, will be expected to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by your immediate supervisor and/or other management staff of the organization as business needs arise. You understand the responsibilities and standards outlined herein will be used as the guideline for your performance evaluation.

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