Youth Counselor

$18.00 - $21.49 hourly
  • Vista Maria
  • Sep 28, 2022
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Summary of Duties:
In accordance with the Agency’s Mission Statement, Code of Ethics, policy and procedures, State of 
licensing, and COA standards, the Youth Counselor is responsible for providing direct supervision 
treatment services to all residents as required providing a safe, secure, healthy and therapeutic
Primary Duties/Responsibilities:
•     Plans and organizes work to meet all job requirements according to Agency and COA 
licensing, and funding requirements.
•     Works cooperatively and in collaboration with other Vista Maria staff and 
representatives of other
•     Keeps supervisor informed on progress and performance goals as well as being a role 
model for the
residents and staff.
•     Regularly prepares for and participates in supervision/unit//team and all other 
agency meetings as
•     Communicates observations and pertinent information to the Supervisor/Program 
as warranted.
•     Implements and monitors continuous quality improvement methods including acting as 
an agent to
executed positive and proactive change where appropriate.
•     Attends and seeks out training to enhance professional development.
•     Contributes to the team on a daily basis and encourages staff morale.
•     Provides 100% of direct supervision and observation of the residents while on the 
floor, in school and
activities as well as knowing the whereabouts of residents at all times.
•     Displays awareness of resident’s behavior and utilizes the proper intervention and 
•     Transports residents to visits, appointments, privileged outings and/or court as 
•     Leads/co-facilitates group and recreational therapy to share suggestions and ideas 
with co-workers
as well as participates with residents to encourage resident participation.
•     Assures safety, security and sanitation standards are maintained in all work areas.
•     Completes daily routine and paperwork such as behavior sheets, observation notes, 
log, incident reports, as well as facilitating and/or participation in floor activities, etc.
•     Responsible for completing all assigned accountabilities and casework which includes 
a minimum 30-
60 minutes of individual counseling per week, case logs, reports and/or assessments, behavioral
contracts, PPR (Permanency Planning Review) forms, progress calls, and all other assigned
accountabilities on time and thoroughly.
•     Participates in assisting residents in developing community relation skills (i.e. 
job hunting, outings,
and community-based services – PRIMARILY IN THE VISTA PROGRAM.
•     Provides backup services and assistance to other units/programs when needed.
•     Completes all other related tasks as required or assigned by Supervisor and/or 
Program Manager.

Qualifications Required:
•       Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate Human Services field from an accredited 
school or the
equivalent in education and/or experience.
•       Ability to successfully pass medical and physical stamina examination in 
accordance with licensing
and/or contract requirements.
•       Demonstrated proficiency in basic computer skills.
•       Demonstrated ability to interact positively in a culturally diverse environment.
•       Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
•       Valid MI driver’s license without relevant restrictions.