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Position Title

    Relief (Part-Time) Residential Youth Counselor - Specialized Residential Services


    Friends of Youth has exciting new openings for Relief (Part-Time) Residential Youth
    Counselors in Kirkland, Washington and Renton, Washington. The Youth Haven
    shelter in Kirkland provides housing for homeless youth ages 7 – 17, and the New
    Roads programs, in both Kirkland and Renton, provide housing for unaccompanied
    refugee youth ages 16 – 20.


    A. General Tasks
        1. Maintain a favorable living environment:
            - by ensuring that residents have a safe and clean place in which to live.
            - by demonstrating that residents are respected and understood as individuals.
            - by demonstrating to residents that people care about them and will take care
            of them.
            - by demonstrating that adults can help them deal with unacceptable behavior
               without being punitive, retaliatory, or rejecting.
            - by modeling appropriate behavior, language and attitudes.
        2. Participate in incorporating and supervising relief staff, student interns and
        volunteers in performing program activities in cooperation with the volunteer
        3. Model pleasant, positive attitude, good disposition, and appropriate humor.
        4. Demonstrate self control in stressful situations.
        5. Use preventative as opposed to reactive behavior management skills.
        6. Complete a De-escalation and Restraint training within the first 45 days of
        employment to be eligible to be involved in the restraint of a resident if necessary.
        7. Provide academic support and tutoring to help residents meet their education
        8. Remain visible and available to residents at all times.
        9. Facilitate regularly scheduled groups and call groups as needed to address
        house problems and concerns.
        10. When needed, accompany residents to court, medical, dental, or other
        appointments in the community.
        11. Assist in planning a wide range of recreational and vocational activities.    
        Occasionally be available for extended recreational outings.
        12. Develop plans with residents for constructive use of free time.
        13. Participate in gaining educational support through the local school district
        community colleges.

    B. Housekeeping Tasks
        1. Teach, supervise and model various chores, including meal set-up and
        clean-up, room care, residence and grounds maintenance.
        2. Take initiative for and supervise residents while completing household tasks.
        3. Demonstrate concern and pride in the environment. Create a clean and
        pleasant surrounding and encourage safe and careful treatment of all agency
        4. Take responsibility for reporting any damage to agency property and when
        appropriate, discipline for damage in accord with Friends of Youth policy.
        5. Maintain linen, toiletry and clothing items. Teach, encourage and model
        personal hygiene.
        6. Prepare meals and snacks as necessary. Support appropriate table behavior
        and conversation.
        7. Maintain prescribed medications in a secure area and dispense as instructed.
        8. Assist residents with school assignments and meet with teachers to review
        assignments and/or special instructions.

    C. Monitoring Tasks
        1. Make every effort to protect and secure resident's property.
        2. Monitor residents' health, transport to medical appointments as assigned by
        Program Supervisor/Medical Coordinator.
        3. Monitor and document the whereabouts of all residents at all times.
        4. Report any known or suspected abuse, exploitation or neglect of residents in
        consultation with management to Child Protective Services.
        5. Monitor and assist Program Supervisor in training volunteers, interns and
        relief staff in the completion of their duties and service time.

    D. Participate as a Member of the Team
        1. Assist in establishing healthy goals in various program areas consistent
        with agency policy, subject to review of the Program Manager. Monitor
        performance in relation to the goals, providing feedback and modifying them
        as necessary.
        2. Read each service plan, become familiar with specific goals for each resident.
        3. Be familiar with both the agency philosophy and program.
        4. Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
        5. Contribute to discussions, offer input and feedback concerning both residents
        and co-workers.
        6. Initiate conflict resolution.
        7. Display positive morale, speak positively and objectively about the program.
        8. Attend agency or professional training, seminars, or conferences to increase
        professional knowledge.
        9. Encourage the involvement of family members or support persons when

    E. Primary Counselor Responsibilities
        1. Listen and respond to resident concerns on an individual basis, helping him
        clarify and understand his own feelings, attitudes and behaviors.
        2. Provide personal attention.
        3. Respect confidentiality.
        4. Demonstrate acceptance of, and establish a positive relationship with each
        5. Interact with residents in a non-judgmental manner.
        6. Understand dynamics of young adult development, and incorporate knowledge
        into daily interactions with residents.
        7. Take initiative to solve problems.
        8. Assist in developing and implementing individual service plans and Goal
        Development Plans.
        9. Meet weekly with residents assigned to you.
        10. Maintain charts assuring completeness in accordance with the Table of
        11. Complete and submit all service plans and reports, quarterly reports, and
        discharge summaries to the Program Manager for approval in a timely manner.
        12. Assist the LCSNW Case Manager by completing and submitting the required
        paperwork per policy and procedure.
        13. As requested, present the resident’s case in team meeting
        14. Help residents develop an appropriate, healthy, supportive relationship with
        peers and staff. Help the resident clarify the reason for placement.
        15. Develop and implement assigned residents' service plans with the
        collaboration and approval by the Program Manager.
        16. In conjunction with the LCSNW Case Manager and consistent with residents'
        service plans, maintain contact with those significant people in the resident's life
        who support his growth and have ongoing involvement in his case.
        17. Create and maintain the residents' charts.
        18. Complete any other tasks assigned by supervisors or management.
        19. Provide group facilitation.

    F. Communicate Information in Verbal, Non-Verbal, Written Form, and Maintain
    Required Forms and Records
        1. Provide objective descriptive narrative of behavior events in all writing.
        2. Understand and separate one's own belief and value system from
        interpretation on behavior and events.
        3. Be straight-forward and concise in communications.
        4. Show congruency between verbal and non-verbal messages.
        5. Maintain daily communication log and milieu notes of behavior on each
        resident per shift.
        6. Set up accounts, log entry, and disburse allowance and earnings funds for
        residents consistent with program guidelines.
        7. Record medication receipts and disbursements as directed by Medical
        8. Record fund receipts and disbursements.
        9. Assist in maintaining belongings inventories for residents.
        10. Complete incident reports per policy.
        11. Complete other reports as requested by supervisor(s).
        12. Maintain vehicle mileage log.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Minimum of one year of experience working or volunteering with youth
        (at-risk youth experience preferred) OR Bachelors degree in a related field.

        2. Bilingual in Spanish and English is preferred.
        3. Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or be able to obtain one by
        date of employment.
        4. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
        on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s) on
        Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with
        the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        5. Must have a Red Cross First Aid Card, CPR and Food Handlers permit, or be
        able to obtain one within thirty days of employment.
        6. Must pass TB screening.
        7. Must successfully pass criminal history check (WAC 388-148-0035).
        8. Must be twenty-one years or older.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Knowledge of laws, policies, and ethical concerns relating to confidentiality.
        2. Able to accept the role of authority in youth/adult relationship.
        3. Role model health, good attitude and appropriate humor.
        4. Know personal stressors and weaknesses, and work to overcome them.
        5. Ability to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.
        6. Demonstrate a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring
        and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.


    Relief residential youth counselors should be available to work non-traditional hours.
    Typical shifts are day (8 AM – 4 PM), swing (4 PM – 12 AM), and graveyard (12 AM
    –  8 AM). Relief staff is scheduled, at their availability, to cover for full-time staff that
    is on vacation or sick. Relief counselors are needed during the week and on
    weekends and holidays. Holiday pay is offered at time and a half.


    $14 - 15 / hour

Reports to

    Program Manager and Supervisor



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


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