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    Overnight Residential Youth Counselor - Youth Haven


    The Overnight Residential Youth Counselor is a member of a treatment team.
    Twenty-four hour care is provided for up to six adolescent females and six
    adolescent males in a residential facility designated as a short term placement.
    Youths in placement normally attend school. All RYC’s help to implement the
    individual case goal plan. The RYC functions as a counselor to all residents and
    is responsible for performing supervision and guidance tasks within the shelter
    setting and while on outings.


     A. Resident Checks
        1. Performs regularly and irregularly scheduled bed checks, making certain that
        all residents are accounted for by looking at physical indicators including their
        hair, skin and breathing movements. Bedroom doors are to remain open at all
        2. Counselors are responsible to know the whereabouts of every resident at all
        times and document in the communication log random physical checks at least
        every fifteen minutes during waking hours and at least every fifteen minutes after
        the first resident goes to bed (or 10 p.m., whichever is first), until wake-up.

    B. Security Checks
        1. Check/lock all doors and windows of building, inside and outside. Turn off lights
        not required for security (and after daylight).
        2. Check agency van for locked doors and windows.
        3. Complete at least one ground check per shift and more if suspicion warrants.

    C. Files
        1. Check file cabinet weekly and advise day staff of files that need replenishing.

    D. Laundry
        1. Wash and dry kitchen rags and towels twice a week.
        2. Wash exiting residents' bedding and towels as directed by Program
        Supervisor (PS).

    E. Cleaning
        1. Clean staff office/bathroom on daily basis, emptying trash cans, vacuuming,
        cleaning sinks, toilet, counter, etc.
        2. Do general cleanup as required; this to include washing any dishes used for
        graveyard shift snacks.

        3. Leave a note for day staff person if house is found to be messy/dirty so that
        follow up with incomplete resident chores can be done.

    F. Meal Preparation
        1. Prepare breakfast in accordance with the posted menu.
        2. Check menu the night before to assure all items needed are available.

    G. Medication Management
        1. Count all youth’s medication to assure accuracy.
        2. Review all youth’s medication logs to assure accuracy.
        3. Report all missed medications or errors in an incident report to the Program
        Supervisor and Program Manager.

    H. Wake Ups
        1. Perform wake up functions according to resident posted schedule for school
        and jobs.

    I. Treatment Tasks
        1. Maintain a favorable living and treatment environment in which the residents
            • by insuring that residents have a safe and clean place in which to live.
            • by demonstrating to youth that they are respected and understood as
            • by demonstrating to youth that people care about them and will take care of
            • by demonstrating that adults can help them deal with unacceptable behavior
            without being punitive, retaliatory, rejecting.
            • by demonstrating that youth will receive protection and guidance in controlling
            their impulses until their own controls are established.
            • by providing youth help with their problems in the group, school, community,
            and with their families.
            • by modeling appropriate behavior, language and attitudes.
        2. Model pleasant, positive attitude and disposition.
        3. Demonstrate self control in stressful situations.
        4. Use preventative as opposed to reactive floor management skills.
        5. Maintain appropriate physical structure and house schedule and safety.
        6. Remain visible and available to residents at all times.
        7. Assist in planning a wide range of recreational activities. Occasionally be
        available for extended recreational outings.
        8. Develop plan with residents for constructive use of free time.

    J. Housekeeping Tasks
        1. Teach and supervise various chores, including meal set-up and clean-up,
        residence and grounds maintenance.
        2. Take initiative for and supervise residents in completing allowance chores
        and household tasks.
        3. Demonstrate concern and pride in the environment. Create a clean and
        pleasant surrounding. 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. Require appropriate table behavior
        and conversation.
        7. Maintain prescribed medications in a secure area and dispense as instructed.
        8. Assist residents with school assignments, when necessary meet with teachers
        to review assignments and/or special instructions.
        9. Register residents in community school programs as necessary, arrange
        transportation, and monitor behavior, attendance and academic progress.

    K. Monitoring Tasks
        1. Make every effort to protect and secure resident's property.
        2. Monitor residents' health, arrange medical appointments as assigned,
        transport to doctor as assigned.
        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.

    L. Participate as a Member of the Treatment Team
        1. Read each youth goal plan, become familiar with specific goals for each
        2. Be familiar with both the agency treatment philosophy and program, as well
        as the individual treatment and goals for each resident.
        3. Attend and participate in staff meetings if applicable.
        4. Provide transportation as necessary.
        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 and support persons where

    M. Communicate Information in Verbal, Non-Verbal and Written Form and Maintain
    Required Forms and Records
        1. Provide objective descriptive narrative of behavior events.
        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
        6. Set up accounts, log entry, and disburse allowance and earnings funds for
        residents consistent with state and agency guidelines.
        7. Record medication receipts and disbursements.
        8. Record fund receipts and disbursements.
        9. Assist in yearly inventory.
        10. Complete incident reports per agency policy.
        12. Complete other reports as requested by supervisor(s).

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. Must be twenty-one years or older.
        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,
        HIV/AIDs training, 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. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Understand the dynamics of troubled youth and incorporate knowledge into
        daily interactions with youth.
        2. Ability to show tolerance and acceptance of youth.
        3. Understand nature of youth/adult relationship. Is comfortable with, and accepts
        role of authority.
        4. Good role model.
        5. Demonstrate control in stressful situations.
        6. Know personal stressors and weaknesses, and work to overcome them.
        7. Knowledge of relevant COA standards, or willingness to become familiar with
        them, and participation in a Performance and Quality Improvement process.
        8. Ability to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.


    Full Time: Wednesday - Sunday, Midnight - 8 AM


    $15.60 / hour

Reports to

    Program Supervisor



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Amber Duke at

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