Residential Counselor (Bethlehem)

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 - Residential Counselor ($17hr)

Job Description: The Residential Counselor is responsible for client supervision, guidance, activities of daily living, and all aspects of day-to-day program functions, which includes: site monitoring, community relations issues, and liaison related contacts. This also includes implementing goal plans with youth/client, tracking their accomplishments, and assisting in maintaining all documents related to the client records. The Residential Counselor is under the authority of the Senior Vice-President and directly reports to the Program Supervisor/Program Coordinator.

Essential Functions:

  1. Successfully engage youth/client in implementing their individual plan using positive youth development, trauma-informed and culturally appropriate frameworks. Activities of daily living with youth/client, include but are not limited to: academic and career planning, permanent relationships/mentoring, housing/household maintenance, priority setting, money management, and health and wellness.
  2.  A minimum of 90% of the working hours will be spent providing quality in-person goal planning, supervision & safety, well-being, recreation, case management, and other services according to youth's/client's 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. Attend both external and internal agency trainings and workshops; complete and pass all required training hours and annual training as set forth in the funder and licensing regulations.
  1. Administer medication to assigned youth in compliance with regulations.
  2. Oversee site maintenance/cleanliness in compliance with program, county, state and federal regulations and private grant requirements, as applicable; responsible for timely submission of follow-up paperwork.
  3. Represent the program and agency in a professional manner and maintain positive community relationships in a proactive manner.
  4. Clear and effective communication with the case manager, supervisor, and parent/guardians as required during shifts.
  5. Participation in on-call rotations as required by program area (May be N/A for some programs).
  6. Intervene and report any crisis or critical incident as defined by agency and/or county, state, or federal regulations according to the agency's formalized practice and protocols.
  7. Participate in weekly scheduled supervision with direct supervisor and be prepared with an agenda.
  1. Understand and adhere to Valley Youth House policies, practices, and procedures.
  2. Build genuine relationships that support families, ensure safe places, and help youth achieve their desired futures.
  3. Attend and actively participate in team meetings.
  4. Timely and accurate completion of personnel materials (ie. time sheets, mileage reimbursement, etc.)
  5. Complete other related tasks as appropriate or assigned.
  6. Possibility of working weekends and/or nights, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: An individual 21 years or older with the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of positive youth development in the independent living program. Possess sound judgment and knowledge of adolescent behavior and development. Display organizational skills and highly adept at managing multiple tasks and assignments. Successful team members are creative thinkers, flexible in their approaches to people and projects, and are capable of working with diverse groups of the population. Must have and maintain a valid driver's license and ability to operate agency vehicles. Ability to navigate stairs is highly preferred (as some locations are not always handicap friendly). Proficient in computer knowledge & skills (i.e. Microsoft Windows software); familiarity with the operations of external databases and Google Suite is desired. Never have been convicted of any prohibited criminal or child abuse offense. Minimum of one-year experience working with adolescents is preferred. Bachelor's degree in human services OR an equivalent combination of experience (in the field) with higher education is preferred. The list of essential/key functions/duties, as outlined herein, is intended to be all inclusive of the tasks performed within this position. It is not necessarily descriptive of all functions/duties within the position. The omission of a function/duty does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein, other duties may be assigned..

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. #sponsorvyh