Sierra Sage Academy is a residential treatment program for young women that provides a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. The program serves vulnerable young women who are referred from juvenile courts and social service agencies both locally and across the country. The youth enter the program with a history of abuse, neglect, trauma, substance abuse, mental illness and violence. They graduate from Sierra Sage as educated young women who have overcome challenges and have demonstrated making healthy choices for themselves and for their future.
The primary responsibilities of a Coach Counselor are to provide safety and around-the-clock supervision of at-risk youth. Coach Counselors provide for the physical, personal and health needs of each student through individual counseling and behavioral/social/physical and educational skill development. Coach Counselor’s provide an atmosphere that is supportive of the needs of the students; monitor and document student behaviors and activities; and participate and assist with educational, social, athletic and recreational activities. Coach Counselors work in collaboration with other professional staff to establish and/or meet the goals of each student’s treatment plan. The Coach Counselor is distinguished from Night Coach Counselor in that in this role, a Coach Counselor performs standard level paraprofessional work in every aspect of the program operations. Typically reports to a Group leader or higher authority and may vary by individual location. Operational supervision may be provided by a Senior Coach Counselor.
- Adheres to the facility and daily schedule, ensures that the facility (unit, cottage, house, room, dorm, etc.) is on time for all elements and the students participate in all of the scheduled activities.
- Completes daily assignments as specified by the Senior Coach Counselor, Group Leader or higher authority, including duties of a Night Coach Counselor.
- Ensures that program rules, norms, policies etc. are enforced and that the program is operated within all program requirements and regulatory guidelines.
- Conducts physical count of students within the assigned living area and/or assignment and records the count on the student check sheet as required by site operations (every 5, 10, 15, etc. minutes).
- Follows suicide prevention monitoring as directed.
- Ensures there is adequate Group Living staff coverage before leaving shift.
- Completes daily assignments as specified by the Senior Coach, Group Leader and/or higher authority. Promotes a sense of community by teaching and modeling cooperation, respect, and responsibility in the group living environment; encouraging participants to interact with one another and creating opportunities for them to do so.
- Observes behavior patterns of students in order to detect signs of depression, anger, and/or other emotional and situational problems/issues and initiates proper program behavior management and intervention techniques.
- Encourages and supports the students’ academic, vocation, athletic and treatment participation.
- Facilitates problem solving through active listening, guidance, and conflict mediation with staff and students.
- Provides conflict de-escalation and mediation involving students, as needed.
- Acts as a positive role model: guiding students and facilitating appropriate behavior about daily living skills, self-care, personal interaction, social relationships and constructive time management.
- Encouraged to participate in at least 50% of the daily physical activities required of the students.
- Personally provides consistent interactive supervision of the students (know where they are and what they are doing at all times) is provided in usual, unusual and non-standard situations in various program elements such as:
- Living environment,
- Positive Skill Development Groups,
- School environment,
- Community service,
- Sporting programs,
- Extra-curricular activities,
- Student work programs,
- Student internship
- Desire to work with troubled teens.
- Possess a Bachelor's Degree *or* related experience (working with youth, mental health patients, or dementia/Alzheimer's patients). Some college coursework in social science and experience in working with youth may be considered.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must meet all state licensing requirements as required by specific site
- If required to operate a company vehicle during the course of employment, must meet the requirements to be an eligible ROP driver. Must possess a current State Driver’s License and have an acceptable driving record for the past three (3) years.
- Ability to pass a criminal background clearance check, drug screen, physical and TB test.
- Ability to prepare written reports and correspondence.
- Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
- Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing.
- Able to work in excess of 40 hours per week with the possibility of a varied schedule.
SIGN ON BONUS OFFERED FOR FULL TIME POSITIONS
Pay Rate: $15.00 - $16.00 hourly.
Medical, dental, vision insurance benefits available after 90-days full-time employment