Youth Counselor Job – Urbandale, IA 49793

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Why You'll Love This Job

$1000 Hiring Bonus

Responsibilities

  • Supervise youth in activities in order to observe or effect changes in their social behavior.
  • Maintain the security of the facility and grounds.
  • Stimulate interest and cooperation in individual and group activities and observe youth behavior in response to treatment efforts.
  • Observe methods and techniques of Supervisors during group therapy sessions and develop counseling skills under their supervision; participate in the treatment of the youth through observation, interaction, scoring, limit setting, and implementation of treatment plans; and assist in the development of a positive peer culture.
  • Transport youth to work, recreation, education activities, and participate in their supervision and instruction.
  • Maintain proper conduct and security of youth in work, recreation, and education; medication as ordered.
  • One-to-one Life Skills building
  • Prepare periodic and special evaluations on assigned youth, report significant changes in social behavior and make recommendations for changes in assignments.
  • Provide crisis intervention with youth.
  • Give detailed instruction in work, recreation and housekeeping activities.
  • Perform related work as assigned or required.
  • Communicate orally and in writing all appropriate reports and information, both within the unit and to relevant outside agencies.
  • When working an Overnight shift you are required to stay upstairs and awake during shift
  • Abide by The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (42 USC & 201 et seq.)
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Graduation from high school or GED is required; a college degree in Human Services or one year previous work/volunteer experience with kids under the age of 21. 
  • It is an essential function of the job that staff be capable of participating in physical training activities and be capable of physically restraining the students if and when necessary.  
  • A class D3 chauffeur’s license is required.
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