Pay Grade/Pay Range: Starting rates $17/hour or higher based on qualifications
Department/Organization: 224108 - WOW
Normal Work Schedule: Hours will vary
Job Summary: The Care Worker is responsible for the care and supervision of youth within a self contained residential treatment program.
Additional Department Summary: This is a treatment program for female juvenile offenders located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The program is a 16 bed program that is administered by the Youth Services Institute through a management agreement with the Alabama Department of Youth Services. The Care Worker will ensure the maintenance of order and safety of program youth and staff. This person will work closely with program staff to maintain and promote safety in the therapeutic environment. This person will operate the surveillance equipment and use general supervisory techniques to monitor the daily activities of program youth and staff. Daily protocol related to entering and exiting the facility and access to locked areas within the facility will be part of the Care Worker's daily responsibility. In addition, they will conduct regular room checks to prevent unauthorized items being stored in living, education, and/or treatment areas in order to ensure youth and staff safety. The Care Worker will take measures to safeguard youth and staff from harm. This unique program offers a gender-specific treatment model designed to provide innovative and responsive treatment services for juvenile justice involved girls that will aid in their growth and reentry into their home community. Therefore, the Care Worker must utilize therapeutic skills and techniques learned during employee orientation and ongoing training. This person will also be responsible for modeling behaviors and techniques provided in training that promotes accountability among colleagues and youth regarding the safety standards, and complete information reports when safety violations occur.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, human development and family studies, criminal justice, nursing or education; OR High school diploma/GED and three (3) years of therapeutic, rehabilitative or behavior management experience.
Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Must be able to work Saturdays and Sundays.
Must have valid U.S. driver's license. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of hire and have an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report that is in compliance with University policies.
Must be able to work outside of normal hours, which may include nights and/or weekends, and be available for travel within the state of Alabama.
Applicant must demonstrate use of sound judgment and ability to remain calm during a crisis. Must be able to perform physical crisis intervention techniques, including, but not limited to, restraint of students using Control Tactics methods.
Skills and Knowledge: Ability to learn and apply various behavioral techniques related to the care and rehabilitation of adolescent females.
Proficiency in the operation of a personal computer is required.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work with diverse populations.
Preferred Qualifications: One year of behavior management experience which includes work with delinquent youth is preferred. Experience in basic living skill instruction and documentation.
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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