New Haven Youth & Family Services
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Overview: Counselor positions are a great career opportunity for those with skills, experience, and/or education in the Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice), or Special Education fields. These positions are also an opportunity for those individuals interested in caring for youth (at-risk adolescent males, ages 10-17) to develop or expand their skills in supporting our residential, community or school-based program. FT shifts vary (see below).
Note there may also be on-call opportunities open for those unavailable for FT work. Our positions offer a competitive wage, initial and ongoing training, and a professional, engaging, caring and committed workplace. Those seeking FT or PT positions will find we also provide excellent benefits (including vacation, sick time, healthcare, life insurance and a range of voluntary options, including a 403B). Hourly rates are $13-$15/hour.
Duties: Counselors supervise and work with youth. Priorities and duties include ensuring a safe and positive environment for change. Counselors teach, coach, counsel, serve as role models, and respond to crises/emergencies using positive interventions, effective professional relationships and therapeutic / behavioral skills. Staff also administer medications, track and report behaviors via computer, oversee and assist with maintaining agency/licensing living standards, and assist with physical interventions when difficult behaviors require. Our staff may work on our main campus or in residential homes within the community.
Shifts: Shifts vary. On-call staff may also support special situations when additional needs. All shifts have two-hour trainings on Wednesdays at noon (twice per month), except for school shifts when required, scheduled trainings follow their workday. Skills Required: Bachelor's Degree Preferred. Experience in the field a plus (and required for senior position). Ability to engage with youth, apply sound judgment, be positive and deescalate aggressive behaviors. Ability to be on time, follow instructions, and use sound judgment. Must be able to drive and to speak/understand English. Must have basic computer skills to access emails and to learn company tracking systems.
Candidates must clear background fingerprint checks, pass physical assessments (including functional abilities and drug screening), and demonstrate a driving record acceptable to our insurer (staff drive youth in company vehicles).
New Haven Youth and Family Services is an EOE F/M/Disabled/Vet