LifeWorks Austin
  • PORT
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

LifeWorks is searching for a Youth Care Worker I who is looking for an opportunity to work in a rewarding and challenging transitional housing environment with at-risk young adults in our new Permanency through Outreach and Rapid Transitions (PORT) Program!

The PORT Program is a 15-bed transitional housing program for youth and young adults ages 18-24 in Travis County. Clients will have a short-term stay while they transition from homelessness to permanent housing through our Rapid Rehousing program. The PORT Program is one of 3 programs being funded by HUD in a community wide effort to end youth homelessness in Austin, Texas.

The Youth Care Worker I is responsible for providing care and services to youth and young adults ages 18-24 during their stay in our PORT program. Services provided include monitoring, supervising, transporting, and meeting basic needs of youth in a way that positively supports their development as well as their individual goals. Our services are client-driven and strengths-based to support our mission of empowering 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. Our ideal candidate is compassionate, flexible, a good multi-tasker and communicator who is dependable and able to work alone or in a team.

SCHEDULEMonday to Friday, 3:30pm to 11:30pm

DUTIES

  • Supervises clients within facility and ensures a safe environment is maintained by completing regular perimeter walks, room checks, facility/room searches, and ongoing visual checks of facility.
  • Assists clients with their day-to-day needs including occasional meal preparation, assistance with case management activities, transportation, cleaning activities, and administers daily medications.
  • Ensures facility cleanliness and maintenance is within licensing standards including light cleaning in common and staff areas as well as in the kitchen.
  • Documents and maintains daily written records of client whereabouts and incidents and communicates information with team members while maintaining client confidentiality in accordance with state and federal laws.
  • Transports clients and/or helps organize transportation arrangements for clients to a variety of outings including staff-led community-based activities.
  • Consistently interacts with youth using LifeWorks' client-focused and strengths-based approaches. Includes supporting day to day activities of youth and relating to clients as they move toward their individual goals while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Manages emotional, physical, and verbally escalated situations by initiating de-escalation techniques as well as restraints utilizing Handle with Care techniques when necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Requires a high school diploma, GED or equivalent;
  • Requires 1 year of related experience; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • May require some vocational training.

Preferred

  • Bachelor's degree preferably in human services field and
  • 2+ years related experience with at-risk youth.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency.
  • CPR certification.

BENEFITS

  • Great benefits!  Full benefits offered including medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, Life, AD&D, 403(b) retirement plan, and paid time off.
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