Madison Youth Ranch and Home Campus

Positions available with Florida United Methodist Children’s Home 

Job Title:

Residential Child Care Specialist         

FLSA Status:

Full time,Salaried,Exempt

SUMMARY

The primary role of the Residential Child Care Specialist/Houseparent (RCCS) is to oversee the day-to-day care and supervision of the resident children assigned to his/her cottage.  The Residential Child Care Specialist/Houseparent is responsible for monitoring all the aspects of daily cottage life and is, in essence, the primary caring person for the child/youth during his/her stay at the Madison Youth Ranch.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

  • MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT FOR THIS POSITION – 21 YEARS OLD

  • High School Diploma or equivalent Preferred

  • Experience with at risk youth in a residential setting preferred

  • Basic knowledge of first aid and CPR

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with co-workers to support and implement the defined Model of Care and holistic program philosophy

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth

  • High personal values and standards that serve as model for youth

  • Demonstrated ability to work with the treatment team to make decisions on issues related to the resident/residents in the cottage you are assigned

  • Must have sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

  • Valid Florida Driver's License (with passenger endorsement).

  • The RCCS is responsible for completion of required trainings and certifications within the first 90 days of employment or as required by regulation

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The RCCS is responsible for knowing and carrying out agency policies and procedures in the cottage and on-campus as dictated by the Policy and Procedures Manual and assigned supervisor

  • The RCCS is responsible for creating an atmosphere conducive to growth and development of the children/youth of his/her cottage as individuals and as a cottage group.

  • The RCCS is responsible for assisting the children/youth in his/her cottage in their adjustment to group living without weakening their ties to their natural families or significant others in the child/youth's life

  • The RCCS is responsible for maintaining the cottage, its furnishings, and its grounds. This includes daily cleaning and supervision of residents when they do their chores

  • The RCCS is responsible for planning and providing for the transportation for children/youth in his/her cottage to various functions and activities and maintaining all necessary maintenance documentation

  • The RCCS is responsible for providing for the nutritional needs of the children/youth in his/her cottage including the preparation of meals, implementation and all necessary documents with the menus and commissary

  • Responsible to provide for the health and clothing needs of each resident in the cottage. This includes over the counter medications, proper documentation (as assigned) of medication.  Clothing needs are to be communicated through the clothing room and purchase order if required.

SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The RCCS attend Sunday church services as well as weekly bible study/youth group with residents consistently

  • The RCCS participates in team meetings

  • The RCCS is responsible for assisting in the accumulation of data and the formulation of service plans

  • The RCCS is responsible for monitoring and supporting auxiliary services (recreational, religious, counseling, etc.) rendered to the child

  • Participate in in-service training that is required by regulatory entities and as assigned by the Team Leader

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, write and speak the English language.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and will include, but will not be limited to computers, printers, telephones, and normal communication.  Noise may also include acting out behavior in children.

ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE

Vacations, sick leave, holidays, emergency leave, termination of employment, etc., shall be in accordance with published Personnel Policies of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.  Other policies concerning full time employees are as set forth in the current policies and procedures manual.

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