Overnight Youth Specialist


: $101,366.67 - $83,990.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Social Services/Counseling

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The Overnight Youth Specialist is responsible to provide emergency counseling, initial case management, and day to day supervision and monitoring of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) sent to the The Transitional Residence for Alien Children (TRAC) Program. Specialist must be able to communicate proficiently.


  • Adheres to all Agency and departmental Safety Procedures including reporting any unsafe practices, equipment and environment, and takes an active role in correcting the unsafe practice, equipment or environment through proper notification.
  • Provide nurturing care and management of childrens everyday living requirements.
  • Provide therapeutic care and sensitive management of the special needs of children and youth in care; when necessary, appropriate crisis intervention consistent with training guidelines (e.g. from Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, appropriate use of Life Space Interview procedures, alternatives to restraint, and use of appropriate restraint techniques).
  • Creating a learning environment in the shelter with consistent attention to the teaching relationship between TRAC Youth Specialist and youth. Active support and collaboration with the school.
  • Accountability for orderly management and safety of the shelter daily living routines, individual youth, groups and therapeutic programs.
  • Use of self to model appropriate behaviors (e.g., respect for others, appropriate dress, appropriate conflict resolution, etc.).
  • Knowledge of the content of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)/DUCS Policy and Procedures Manual.
  • Appropriate handling and reporting of all untoward incidents in accordance with agency policy and training. (See: Safe and Sound: Preventing Child Abuse in Out-of-Home Care) as well as Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR-Funded Care Provider Programs.
  • Promoting and utilizing culturally sensitive care and treatment of child, families and co-workers. Actively working to reduce bias and promote cultural sensitivity and acculturation.
  • A TRAC Specialist is expected to participate as a full team member, as assigned.
  • Understanding and working toward agency and TRAC Program goals and objectives.
  • Additional Duties/Responsibilities:

    Under the supervision and direction of a TRAC Assistant Supervisor, has responsibility for:

  • Provides Program Orientation to new resident and completes Intake Form.
  • Attending case conferences and other team meetings.
  • Carrying out Primary Counselor responsibilities, as assigned.
  • Working to create a therapeutic learning environment in the shelter; promoting academic achievement (through showing interest in individual school work, reading to children, helping with homework, actively developing language skills, etc. and through regular contact with teachers in role as Primary Counselor).
  • Implementation of the principles and practices described in Safe and Sound: Preventing Child Abuse in Out-of-Home Care as well as Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR Funded Care Provider Programs.
  • Document resident behavior and share information with appropriate staff regarding youths program participation.
  • Preparing and escorting children to their assigned programs outside the shelter.
  • Checking for, and reporting repair and maintenance needs to maintain the physical condition of the shelter.
  • Planning and/or implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) and shelter programs in conjunction with the total team.
  • Using differential approaches to form relationships in order to meet childrens individual and group needs.
  • Working with groups independently and in accordance with agency guidelines.
  • Monitoring clothing, shelter supplies, allowances and trips.
  • Understanding and using all behavior management tools and all other necessary written communication.
  • Maintaining the shelter in accordance with ORR, OCFS, OSHA and agency health and safety standards.
  • Preparing and supervising meals in accordance with menu, including using oneself to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of food and mealtimes in creating a nurturing and therapeutic environment (e.g., eating with children and teaching socialization skills during mealtime).
  • Using life space process, conflict management techniques, and other forms of behavioral interventions with individuals and groups, to avoid and resolve crises as well as to teach alternatives to violence.
  • Implement counseling techniques with youth that utilizes the Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) model.
  • Driving residents to various appointments and activities.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications

    High School Diploma-Required

    Drivers License-Required

    Must be Bilingual-Required

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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