Job: Child Care Counselor (On-Call)

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Posted: 07/12/2017

Job Status: On Call

Job Description

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.

In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • 401k    
  • Competitive salary   
  • Supportive work environment

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

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: 

  • 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
  • Display maturity, emotional security, and temperament to care for children and adolescent residents
  • 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.
  • 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 effectively present information and respond to questions from clients,  office personnel, other employees and the general public
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Regularly work indoors and outdoors in a variety of environments
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE& CERTIFICATES

  • Bachelors degree
  • Minimum 1 year experience working with SED children and/or other experience working with children in a related capacity
  • Interest in working with children
  • Feel comfortable with children and be responsive to them
  • Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides’ insurance carrier

 

Hillsides is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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