Job Title: Resource Specialist
Reports To: Program Supervisor
Direct Reports: None
As a partner in building brighter futures for youth and their families, your role will be to provide direct care and other related technical and clinical support activities that align with The Village Network’s Mission, Vision & Values.
Essential Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for meeting many basic physical and emotional needs of the residents, including providing supervision, limit setting, participating in weekly team meetings, social training, meal preparation, medical attention, hygiene training, clothing needs, creating a safe and orderly environment, and facilitating recreation.
- Organizes cottage/facility schedule, including mealtimes, chores, showers, quiet time, individual and group recreation, group meetings, inventories, requisitions, laundry, medication and disciplinary work time. Complete incident reports, logs, and other various forms. Provide safe vehicle operation and report any vehicle needs when appropriate.
- Administers discipline for unacceptable behaviors and rewards for positive behaviors in accordance with the child’s treatment plan and established The Village Network policies. Uses appropriate techniques including, but not limited to, time out, withholding privileges, providing close supervision, and passive physical restraint. Mediates group or individual conflicts to help youth find solutions. Prevents problems by instructing residents about rules, consequences, and alterative behaviors during non-conflict times. Acts as a positive role model.
- Participates in the development and implementation of treatment plans for residents in their care. Sensitivity to cultural differences of children and their families. Maintains strict confidentiality of all records. Communicates effectively with the team/other staff, both verbally and in writing regarding treatment progress, planning decisions, problems, etc. Fills out all appropriate logs, reports, and forms. Attends meetings and shares observations about resident issues, such as peer problems, moods, preferences, sleep patterns, and family relationships.
- Assists with visitations, greets The Village Network guests, meets with parents, checks residents for contraband, helps to evaluate child’s emotional and physical needs before, during, and after visitations. Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to use a computer; familiarity with Outlook and Word. Ability to complete time logs and work with specific instructions for patient treatment.
- Must be 21 years of age, have completed a high school education/GED, and have a minimum of two years experience working with difficult children. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
- Completion of 24 hours of training each year in compliance with ODJFS/ODHS requirements (ex. CPR/First Aid, CPI, Sexual Harassment, Diversity, Blood-Borne Pathogens, Conflict Management).
- Valid Ohio Driver’s License and maintains a driving record that allows that individual to be insurable with the insurance company providing The Village Network with vehicle insurance.
- Willingness to become familiar with the policies and procedures of The Village Network, especially those that pertain to dealing with residents, conflict management, treatment decisions, paperwork, and appropriate relationships.
- Ability to comply with The Village Network requirements for using restraints including sufficient strength and completion of extensive training.
- Ability to handle bending, stooping, lifting, pushing, reaching, and walking for periods of time.
- Must be able to lift 20 pounds independently.
- Must be able to remain alert to problems, needs or emergencies that might arise on any shift, maintaining a safe environment for the clients.
- Ability to communicate (verbal and written) with all levels or personnel, internal and external to the company.