Group counselor of Boys and Girls Home

Catholic Charities SF
San Francisco, CA
Aug 29, 2017
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Job Description


Catholic Charities Boys' & Girls' Homes provide residential treatment and mental health services to adjudicated youth ages 12-18, most of whom are transitioning out of a juvenile hall setting. A combination of therapeutic, educational, day treatment, and recreational programs address the multiple and diverse needs of each child. The youth live in two residential San Francisco houses, which are staffed 24 hours a day.

The Child Care Worker will collectively develop and maintain secure home like environments in which youth ages 12 - 18 years old with severe emotional disturbances can experience stable, healthy attachments and develop more age appropriate social skills. Child Care Workers implement and integrate the youth's treatment plans throughout all aspects of the youth's day to day activities. Child Care Workers also carry out various agency policies and procedures to ensure the smooth administration, coordination, and operation of the various residential programs. Child Care Workers are responsible to the Program Supervisor. *The fulltime Childcare Worker shift days will be Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and staff meetings on Wednesdays.*

  • Set nurturing, firm, and consistent limits for residents
  • Facilitate individual and group control
  • Model and teach residents how to develop age-appropriate behavior and self-control
  • Develop, encourage, and model participation in routines and programs
  • Help residents contain their impulsive and dangerous behaviors through the implementation of established structure, routine, verbal intervention, and redirection
  • Perform and teach general housekeeping responsibilities such as cleaning, menu planning, shopping, cooking, and laundry
  • Perform food preparation duties such as, menu planning, prepare and serve meals. Involve residents in the process, as appropriate.
  • Supervise clean-up of kitchen, dining areas, and storage areas. Ensure all necessary areas are secured. Involve resident in the process, as appropriate.
  • Prepare meal production records and document residents served
  • Creatively implement and participate in the ongoing educational, clinical, and recreational day treatment and extracurricular programs designed to meet client needs
  • In accordance with the agency's policies and procedures, transport and supervise residents to, from, and during various outings including, appointments, home visits, and community based activities
  • Be familiar with individual residents' treatment plans, and integrate residents' treatment plans into all aspects of their day to day treatment including, all program activities, recreation activities, and crisis intervention
  • Support, direct, and advocate for youth to access all treatment and program related activities
  • Provide documentation such as charting in resident logs, critical incident reports, communication logs, day treatment logs, and milieu reports
  • Participate in individual, group, and family therapy, as directed by any administrator or clinician
  • Act as partner to parents and facilitate family contact, as appropriate
  • Participate in case conferences and, as required, other treatment planning forums such as I.E.P.s and court hearings
  • Be familiar with and liaison with Health Care Services
  • Implement health care systems and procedures such as infection control, first aide, diet, and medication distribution within the individual residents' treatment plans
  • Be familiar with the philosophy and procedures of residents' education programs, and act as liaison between their schools and the house programs
  • Assist in the integration of school input into other modalities and vice versa
  • Be available for crisis intervention work at the school and act as a support system while residents are in attendance
  • Utilize the administrative organization of San Francisco Boys' & Girls' Homes and its established decision-making supervisory channels, as needed
  • Participate in regularly scheduled supervision with immediate supervisor and be able to discuss job-related issues, receive feedback, and make changes
  • Participate in regularly scheduled staff training and apply training to the work
  • Understand and implement, as required, agency policies and procedures regarding emergency situations
  • In accordance with policies and procedures, administer house accounting systems including, clothing and personal need allowances, personal allowances, recreation funds, food, and house supply purchasing
  • Understand and properly utilize agency forms, ledgers, logs, and charts
  • Help orient and train new staff, as directed by the Program Supervisor
  • Model positive behavior for residents and maintain professional standards detailed in employee handbook
  • Maintain awareness of the nurturing aspects of all Child Care Worker duties, and perform these Child Care Worker duties in ways that fosters these appropriate nurturing aspects
  • Perform all other such duties as directed by supervisor
  • Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience:
  • A Bachelor of Arts degree is preferred, especially in a Behavioral Science.
  • Experience with residential treatment, teaching, recreation, childcare, or other social service work also preferred.
  • Child Care Workers must possess a valid California Driver's License, and must posses the following abilities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Experience with residential treatment, teaching, recreation, childcare, or other social service work is preferred.
  • Ability to be a positive role model for individual residents and the group.
  • Ability to maintain supportive relationships with other staff.
  • Ability to both give and receive feedback.
  • Maintain high standards of personal hygiene, grooming, and appropriate standards of personal dress.
  • Maintain clear boundaries between personal life and professional behavior on the job.
  • Display situation-appropriate emotional responses.
  • Maintain identification within the duties and responsibilities of a Group Counselor as outlined in this job description, not with the identity of the residential group.
  • Consistent in supporting agency policies, philosophy, and ethics.
  • Punctual in arriving for shifts, meetings and appointments.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Compensation & Benefits:

We aim to find the best talent in the field-and to keep it. Beyond providing competitive compensation, we offer:

Vacation. Spend time with family, leave the country, or do absolutely nothing.
Medical, Dental , & Vision. We got you covered.
Wellness Program. Cash rewards for voluntary health screenings.
401 (k) Plan. We offer a competitive 401 (k) plan.
Commuter Checks. Saving money when you commute using public transportation.

*To apply please send your resume and cover letter. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, legal domicile status, veteran status, disability or AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Company Description
Catholic Charities is the social services arm of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Founded in 1907 to care for the orphans of the San Francisco earthquake, Catholic Charities is an independent non-profit organization. All financial contributions directly support Catholic Charities programs in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma Counties. Catholic Charities serves and advocates for the poor, the sick, the distressed, children, youth, families, immigrants and seniors, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other basis covered by local law.

San Francisco, CA


Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:41:59 PDT