Youth Specialist

Location: Redford, MI

Department: Residential Services

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Do you have a passion for working with and helping children?  Are you looking to make a positive impact on our community?  Then you are ready to step into a career both challenging and rewarding in an environment that is both professionally and personally fulfilling!

MCHS is currently looking for Residential Youth Specialists to serve the children in our care.  As part of the group treatment team a Residential Youth Specialist cares for and supervises the children in the agency’s Residential program by performing home-life training, assisting with and participating in therapeutic activities and completing supportive record-keeping functions.

Essential Duties:

  • Serve as a member of a group treatment team with the responsibility for ensuring each child successfully completes the goals set forth in their treatment plan.
  • Care for and ensure children are closely supervised and monitored at all times.
  • Assist children with daily life activities.
  • Lead, supervise, and participate in recreational activities.
  • Properly dispense medication.
  • Provide leadership and maintain discipline of children; provide assistance with controlling disruptive behavior using agency approved methods of de-escalation and crisis intervention.
  • Collaborate with other staff in planning for the group or its individual members and participate in making decisions.
  • Keep required patient/child records; prepare and write reports.
  • Transport children as necessary in an agency vehicle (a current valid driver license is required).

Education and Experience:         

High school diploma or equivalent required.

1 - 3 years of experience working in human services with serious emotional disorder (SED) at-risk youth males between the ages of 7 – 17 preferred.

MCHS offers a wealth of benefits for our employees, including: competitive pay (we pay 25% more than other similar agencies), generous paid holidays and time off, full benefits (100% of premiums are covered by the employer), a beautiful 80 acre campus, tuition reimbursement, pension plan, and a dedication to growth and promotion from within.

Driving Requirements

Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Methodist Children’s Home Society will review driving records of candidates as part of the interviewing phase of the selection process. Candidates that do not possess an acceptable driving record will be disqualified from this particular recruitment.

The starting pay for this position is $12.51 per hour.

A current resume and cover letter must be included as part of your online application.

Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V

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