Life Skills Counselor (Dauphin)

Valley Youth House empowers and strengthens the lives of children, youth and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.

We are currently looking for a qualified applicant to fill the following position: FT - The Life Skills Counselor ($17hr)

Job Description:

The Life Skills Counselor is responsible for client supervision and guidance, case management, individual and/or group life skills counseling, and all aspects of day-to-day program functions, which may include apartment and site monitoring, community relations issues, and liaison related contacts. This also includes generating goal plans with youth/client, tracking their accomplishments, submitting all required county, state and federal documentation, as well as maintaining all documents related to the client records. The Life Skills Counselor is under the authority of the Senior Vice-President, the Director, the Associate Director and reports directly to the Program Supervisor/Program Coordinator.

Essential Functions

1.  Successfully engage youth/client in developing and implementing their individual goal and/or transition plan using positive youth development, trauma-informed and culturally appropriate frameworks.

2.  A minimum of 50% of the working hours will be spent providing quality in-person goal planning, instruction and case management services according to youth's/clients identified level of service.

3.  Ensure up-to-date paper & electronic client records in compliance with program, county, state and federal regulations and private grant requirements as applicable.

4.  Facilitate a long term project that is either an ongoing workshop or initiative. 

Marginal Functions of Position

1.  Meet with the youth/client according to program requirements to model and practice independent living skills with youth/client, including, but not limited to: academic and career planning, permanent relationships/mentoring, housing/household maintenance, priority setting, money management, and health and wellness.

Other Duties

1.  Understand and adhere to Valley Youth House policies, practices and procedures.

2.  To participate in weekly scheduled supervision with direct supervisor and be prepared with an agenda.

3.  To attend and actively participate in team meetings.

4.  To attend both external and internal agency trainings and workshops and complete and pass all required trainings as set forth in the funder and licensing regulations as required.

5.  To complete other related tasks as appropriate or assigned.


The Life Skills Counselor shall be a mature individual with the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of positive youth development in the independent living program. The Life Skills Counselor will possess sound judgment and knowledge of adolescent development. This individual will be organized and highly adept at managing multiple tasks and assignments. Successful team members are creative thinkers and flexible in their approaches to people and projects. They will never have been convicted of any prohibited criminal or child abuse offense. They shall possess a minimum of two-years experience working with adolescents and a BS/BA in human services or an equivalent combination of experience in the field and education.

This agency is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Valley Youth House provides all applicants for employment and all employees with equal opportunity for employment and promotion without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by state or federal law. This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as the use of all VYH facilities, participation in VYH sponsored activities and all employment actions such as hiring, job assignments, promotions, compensation, benefits and termination of employment.