Summary of Position: The Direct Care Worker is competent, a professional member of Miracle Hill Children's Ministry. This individual is responsible for the direct care of children under Miracle Hill's supervision. Responsibilities include 2nd or 3rd shift house supervision and/or weekends as needed and care for children/youth. This individual is expected to serve as an advocate, authority and role model for the children within the household in order to provide a continuum of care for residents.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop relationships with the team in order to provide "best practice" care and consistency for the youth in the household.
- Deal with conflict appropriately and professionally.
- Work with Management to provide "best practice" care for the youth in the household.
- Develop and maintain a positive and encouraging relationship with residents and their relatives; strive to understand each resident as a unique individual and treat them accordingly.
- Provide guidance, give corrective feedback to residents and staff appropriately and discipline within policy guidelines.
- Abide by policy and procedure guidelines, state regulations, and program routines.
- Proactively supervise all the residents in your care to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
- Provide line of sight supervision on and off campus as required.
- Conduct nightly checks on residents for monitoring and safety as directed by the program manager.
- Administer medications as prescribed and in accordance with policy and document as required.
- Ensure meal preparation and snacks for children according to the established menu planning guidelines.
- Assist in shopping/providing for children's' personal needs, such as clothes, haircuts, etc.
- Communicate professionally with other agencies, volunteers, and co-workers.
- Being available for assistance to the residents at all times, especially in times of crisis (i.e. resident or family illness, family upsets, school failures, discipline cases, etc.)
- Lead in devotions and spiritual training of the cottage residents
- Work with the Care Coordinator and Director during the intake process of individual children and in the communication of progress/concerns for each resident.
- May assist in enrollment of youth in school and assist school personnel in matters pertaining to residents such as returning permission slips, grade reports, homework on time, respond to calls, emails, and pick up children in a timely manner if called by the school to assist the child, etc.
- Complete documentation of services provided within the required time frames and keep paper and electronic records for each child in accordance with agency policy, utilizing the required database.
- Document Incidents pertaining to children as needed.
- Complete Shift Change Transition forms after each shift/or rotation of schedule.
- Monitor residents' adjustment and progress in the cottage, discuss strengths, needs, and goals in the plan of care and team meetings.
- May attend court proceedings, school meetings, IEP meetings, and FCRB with the coordinator as needed.
- Help coordinate and transport children to visitations, home visits, appointments and services from other agencies.
- Maintain general housekeeping standards within cottages and grounds outside around the household (lawn, flowerbeds, garage, Bus, etc.).
- Ensure security and safety for residents of the cottage (secure keys, lock doors, windows, set alarms, check to see if equipment properly working, conduct fire drills, etc.).
- Report and follow-up on maintenance needs within the cottage.
- Report and follow-up on periodic replacement and inspections (fire ext.; etc.).
- To work with the implementation of social /recreation, education, spiritual leadership, life skills teaching in the day to day milieu and in groups.
- Attend all staff meetings, training, and events as required.
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Education or equivalent experience: Bachelor's degree or other equivalent background and experience preferred, minimal High School Diploma, or GED required. Knowledge of the foster care system and group home experience is beneficial.
- Years of experience: 6 months or more in a residential setting preferred
- Specialized training required: Pass training course in CPR/First Aid, TCI
- License/Certification: Valid South Carolina driver's license with a clean record and a clean Criminal Background check.
As an evangelical Christian ministry, Miracle Hill values its rights under federal law to hire individuals who share the Christian faith and the ministry's doctrinal beliefs.
To be considered for employment, ALL APPLICANTS MUST read and agree with our Doctrinal Statement and Employment Qualifications.