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Youth Care Worker I - Saturday & Sunday 8am-4pm

March 15, 2013 - April 07, 2013
Location:Austin, TX
Employment Type:Part Time
Department:Emergency Shelter
Description:This position is at our EMERGENCY SHELTER. LifeWorks Emergency Shelter provides housing, case management and educational support for teenagers (ages 14-17) and older foster youth in emergency need of a safe place to stay. Strength-based services are provided on-site 24/7.

The Emergency Shelter has the capacity to serve 20 youth and is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Youth stay weeks or months, depending on need, and are provided comprehensive case management services, with an emphasis on moving them towards stability.

Youth who are victims of abuse, abandonment, violence or homelessness turn to us for emergency care and support. Many of our youth have grown up in the foster care system (5-40 placements) and need a place to become stable, finish school and prepare for adulthood.

LifeWorks Emergency Shelter offers more independence to older teenagers than many programs, including freedom to work, choice of school, and ability to participate in the community. The Emergency Shelter works closely with other programs within LifeWorks and the community to provide youth the tools they need to reach self-sufficiency.

Our goal is the development of caring relationships
with the young men and women who pass through our doors because it has the potential to make a positive difference in their futures.

We believe in teaching:
•Social competence: The ability to establish and sustain positive caring relationships; to maintain a sense of humor; and to communicate compassion and empathy.
•Resourcefulness: The ability to critically, creatively and reflectively make decisions; to seek help from others; and to recognize alternative ways to solve problems and resolve conflict.
•Autonomy: The ability to act independently and exert some control over ones environment; to have a sense of ones identity; and to detach from others engaged in risky or dysfunctional behavior.
•Sense of purpose: the ability to foresee a bright future for oneself; to be optimistic; and to aspire toward education and personal achievement.

We aim to FOSTER & REINFORCE these trainings through:
•Caring relationships that are trusting, compassionate and respectful.
•High expectations that are explicitly communicated and adequately supported.
•Meaningful opportunities for engaging in valued family, school and school and community and civic activities.

Our ideal candidate is compassionate, flexible, a good multi-tasker and communicator who is dependable and able to work alone or in a team.

This posting is for Youth Care Worker I - 16 hour set shift Saturday and Sunday Mornings , 8am-4pm. Additional hours as needed.

Must be available to complete pre-employment drug screening, backgorund checks and TB Test before start date.
Duties:• Supervises clients within a residential facility, and ensures a safe environment is maintained.
• Assists clients with their day-to-day needs and administers daily medications.
• Ensures facility cleanliness and maintenance within licensing standards.
• Maintains records and logs of facility equipment.
• Maintains client files, logs, and related information.
Qualifications:REQUIRED: HS Diploma/GED and minimum 1 year related experience (6 months specific working with at-risk youth); Microsoft Office proficiency.

PREFERRED: HS Diploma/GED and minimum 1 year related Youth Care Work experience (1 year specific working with at-risk youth); Bilingual English/Spanish; Experience with overnight shifts; Microsoft Office proficiency.

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