Direct Care Staff – Youth Care Worker Job – Courtland, AL 3839

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Direct Care Staff - Youth Care Worker

Sequel Youth & Family Services
Direct Care/Youth Care Worker/Youth Counselor

Department: Counseling Job Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Reports To: Shift Supervisor
Grade/Level: High School Diploma or Equivalent Amount of Travel Required: None
Job Type: Regular Positions Supervised: None
Work Schedule:
The days worked may rotate weekly.

Provides direct service delivery to residents using professionally acceptable methods and techniques and assures a high standard of documentation that meets all necessary standards and requirements while working with adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)

Supervises residents in their daily routines providing rewards and consequences as prescribed by program's behavior management system.

• Maintain routine order on dorm unit and during activities.

Conducts huddles to address group issues according to Positive Peer Culture standards and results in positive change for residents.

• Transport residents to on/off campus activities and maintain resident count.
• Interacts with residents in a therapeutic and professional manner to elicit positive change.
• Completes documentation requirements accurately and on time.
• Completes other reports, assessments, and reviews as assigned in a thorough and timely manner.

Completes all in service training on time and remains current in PREA, S, CPR, First Aid, Positive Peer Culture, Environment of Care, Documentation Standards, De-escalation Techniques and PDT.

• Remains current in and initiates emergency procedures when required.
• Adheres and participates in the safety program.

Adheres to program policy and practice concerning issues of creation, editing, transmission, storage and disposition of all Protected Health Information (PHI).

Any other reasonably related business duties as assigned by a Shift Supervisor, Unit Coordinator and/or Executive Director.

Competency Statement(s)
• Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
• Adaptability - Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.
• Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
• Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
• Conflict Resolution - Ability to deal with others in an antagonistic situation.
• Customer Oriented - Ability to take care of the customers’ needs while following company procedures.
• Decision Making - Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.
• Empathetic - Ability to appreciate and be sensitive to the feelings of others.
• Ethical - Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards.
• Interpersonal - Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals.
• Judgment - The ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information.
• Patience - Ability to act calmly under stress and strain, and of not being hasty or impetuous.
• Reliability - The trait of being dependable and trustworthy.
• Responsible - Ability to be held accountable or answerable for one’s conduct.
• Safety Awareness - Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety.


High School Diploma or equivalent required.
Bachelor"s Degree in Counseling or a related health field or an equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Experience: No previous experience required. Previous experience working with adolescents preferred.

Computer Skills: Basic computer skills.

Certifications &

This position requires current certification in First Responders for PREA, CPR, PAR, First Aid and Positive Peer Culture. Additional certification or training may be required as deemed necessary by the program to fulfill job duties and responsibilities.

Other Requirements:
High moral and ethical values.
Maturity or behavior and judgment
Willingness to be open to learning and growing.
Interpersonal skills to work as an integral part of a team.
Appropriate interpersonal/personal boundaries.
Ability to remain flexible to accommodate changes in work schedule.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and procedure manuals, and resident records.
Ability to write documentation in resident records, routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to speak effectively before groups of residents and/or peers.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers.
Must be experienced in adolescent growth and behavior.
Must possess the ability to identify socially appropriate behaviors.
Must possess a valid Alabama Driver’s License


N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this position.
O (Occasionally) Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)
F (Frequently) Position requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)
C (Constantly) Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Physical Demands Lift/Carry
Stand C
Walk C
Sit O
Manually Manipulate F
Reach Outward F
Reach Above Shoulder O
Climb O
Crawl O
Squat or Kneel O
Bend O
Grasp F
Speak C

10 lbs or less C
11-20 lbs F
21-50 lbs F
51-100 lbs O
Over 100 lbs O

12 lbs or less F
13-25 lbs F
26-40 lbs O
41-100 lbs O

Other Physical Requirements
• Vision (Near, Distance, Peripheral, Depth)
• Sense of Sound - Normal conversation and noise.

Working indoors and outdoors, working outdoors, potential exposure to communicable diseases, working with hazardous waste materials, operating vehicle, potential for cuts and bruises.

Sequel Youth & Family Services is an Equal Opportunity and Veteran Friendly employer.
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