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DCF Youth Residential Counselor | PT + Relief

Youth/Young Adult Residential

Springfield, MA
ID: 412-379

DCF Youth Residential Counselor | PT + Relief 

Multiple Shifts: Weekends, evenings, and overnight help wanted 

Location: Various Programs in Springfield, Ma

We're looking to hire Part-Time or Relief Direct Care Staff or Residential Counselors to join our various DCF Youth Programs in Springfield. Direct Care Staff maintain a therapeutic environment within the residence, which includes meeting the needs of the client in the following areas: safety, medical, emotional, food, clothing, and shelter. They participate in the development of reasonable limits and structures for each child and implement these limits on a daily basis within the residence and community in a fair and consistent manner.

Essential Job Functions

I. Client Services - necessary to meet overall agency goals and provide services to program consumers.

  • To implement each client's individual Level Plan objectives under the direction of the Clinical Supervisor and Direct Care Supervisor.
  • To accurately log all required documentation.
  • Responsible for acting as a "Staff Advocate" for one client.
    II. Program and Staff Development Services
  • Necessary to meet overall program and agency goals, and provide support to management and program staff.
  • To work as a cooperative team member and to be a positive role model for clients.
  • To assist clients in carrying out daily tasks and responsibilities including cleaning, cooking, maintenance, and laundry. To willingly perform these tasks when clients in a fair and consistent manner.
  • To plan and organize a variety of appropriate recreational and social activities.
  • To assume other duties and responsibilities as requested by the Program Director or Program Supervisor
    III. Administrative Responsibilities/Record Keeping
  • Necessary to meet administrative requirements of the job by government bodies, funding sources, agency policy, etc.
  • Knowledge of Agency policies, practices, and procedures and to meet all rules and regulations of the Agency.
  • Attends required mandatory Staff meetings.
  • Participate in all Departmental training as directed by Program Director.
    IV. Professional Growth and Development
  • Necessary to develop to full potential professionally.
  • Seeks and uses management staff for training and supervision.
  • Attends Agency and Department required meetings and training.
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
  • Good communication skills both verbal and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with conflict in an appropriate manner.
  • Ability to maintain proper attendance.
    Working Conditions

Required Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Previous work in related field dealing with youths preferred.
  • Must possess the ability to communicate effectively in a professional manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Needs to have positive ID and/or Driver's License.
  • Most applicants need to be 21 years or older depending on location.
  • Experience working with LGBTQ, Bi-cultural, bilingual youth welcome to apply.

Success Factors

  • Direct Care Staff should be one actively supports the philosophy of the Agency and maintains a high level of commitment to the clients we serve and to co-workers. Success factors include:
  • Performs well under stress and in the event of a crisis.
  • Ability to seek out
  • Open, direct interpersonal style of communication.
  • Dependable, committed, and motivated.

Benefits for Part-Time Employees

  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance,  up to 32 hours
  • Note: Relief Staff do not earn benefits

The Gandara Mental Health Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Gándara Center provides residential, mental health, substance abuse, and preventive services for children, adults, and families across the Pioneer Valley and eastern parts of Massachusetts. Founded in the Hispanic community, we value cultural diversity and strive to provide culturally competent, innovative services to a diverse community

This position is located at 353 Maple Street, Springfield, MA. View the Google Map in full screen.

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