Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. We provide high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.
The essential functions include:
- Assist the cottage therapist in completing quarterly Needs and Services Plans for clients in respective RBS Cottages
- Assist with transportation of clients to court, school, home visits, etc.
- Monitor home visit with the clients on main campus and/or at any off grounds site designated by the court, county social worker or Hillside’s therapist
- Debrief with the client after any restraint and/or run away by the client. Document accurately all of the events surrounding restraint or run away
- Monitor, balance and manage individual client clothing and allowance accounts on a weekly basis to ensure accuracy and accountability
- Supervise and protect children individually and in groups at all times
- Help children acquire socially acceptable habits of behavior, appearance and develop improved personal relationships
- Help each child relate to the group and to handle individual problems
- Be involved in the social skills training of each resident
- Use appropriate authority and discipline as necessary to set limits for behavior and help each child develop his own capacity for self-control
- Participate as a unit team member in the development of individual child care plans directed toward return of the child to his own home or other appropriate placement and able to present client progress towards goals and concerns in weekly team meetings
- Display maturity, emotional security, and temperament to care for children and adolescent residents and exhibit good judgment and ability to get along with other staff members
- Be able to give residents individual understanding and affection
- Be able to organize and participate in group discussions, conversation during meals, recreation and art and music appreciation
- Be able to structure and assist in various daily living skills which foster independent functioning, including but not limited to grooming, shopping, cooking, etc. Able to participate in CFT’s as needed.
- Be able to organize, facilitate and participate in various leisure time activities through cultivation of personal interests and join with the children and adolescents in normal leisure activities such as dancing, recreation, camping, etc.
- Engage in recreational and/or therapeutic sports activities with clients as needed
- Be able to organize and participate in various activities such as games, sports and exercise
- Be available for and be able to integrate training as provided on a regular basis
- Able to drive for prolonged periods, stretch, reach, push, pull, bend, carry, lift, run, and walk
- Other duties as required
SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Communication Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to incorporate RBS Core Practice Model into daily work with clients and families. Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients, office personnel, other employees and the general public as it relates to RBS Core Model
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret manuals and office documents
Mental/Interpersonal Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to define problems, gather, transcribe and post data, analyze, synthesize and classify information, and draw valid conclusions related to clinical issues
- Ability to work independently and with others – including other employees, clients and members of the public -- in face-to-face and telephonic contexts
- Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work demands
- Maintain high level of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time
- Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
- Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy
Physical Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
- Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and Ability to reach with hands and arms
- Ability to use computer keyboard up to 50% of the day
- Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
- Ability to lift and/or carry up to 20 pounds
Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities:
- Computer literate (basic working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, Excel, and Outlook) and data/electronic records program currently in use
- Able to use telephone, typewriter, office copier, calculator, fax machine, computer printer and scanner, or other equipment as required
- Regularly work indoors and outdoors in a variety of environments
- Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATES
- Bachelors degree
- Must be trained in LA County’s RBS model of residential program(s)
- Minimum 1 year experience working with SED children and/or other experience working with children in a related capacity
- Interest in working with children and feel comfortable with children and be responsive to them
- Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides’ insurance carrier
Every employee has the opportunity and responsibility to participate in one or more activities each year that support the continuous quality improvement (CQI) of Hillsides’ programs and services. Activities might involve membership on a CQI committee or work group, service as a peer reviewer, data collection for CQI and evaluation purposes, completion of CQI questionnaires and surveys or participation in focus groups, or other activities as identified by CQI committees or work groups.
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE (TIC)
Hillsides practices Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles which recognizes the signs, symptoms, and widespread impact of trauma; Employees are asked to comprehensively integrate knowledge of Trauma Informed Care into policies, procedures, and practices with the goal to prevent re-traumatization which promotes healing of families, youth, individuals, and communities.
This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues. All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.
In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:
- Medical insurance
- Dental insurance
- Paid time off (PTO)
- Long term disability
- Life insurance
- Competitive salary
- Supportive work environment
Hillsides has embarked upon implementing and embedding Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles throughout the organization. Candidates should be aware that all employees are involved in the implementation and the practice of Trauma Informed Care within the organization.
Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer