Samaritas

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House Parent

House Parent

Requisition Number 
2017-2130
Posted Date 
1/11/2018
Category 
Support Workers
Employee Type 
Full-Time
Hours Per Pay Period 
80
Shift 
Varied
Work Hours 
Varied
Weekends and/or Holidays Required 
Yes
On Call Required 
Yes
Position Location 
US-MI-Lansing

More information about this job

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Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

 

Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.

 

We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.

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Job Summary

 

Provides daily supervision to youth in a residential setting. Oversee the youth in residence daily living, including their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual care in a family style setting in accordance with all applicable contractual, regulatory and accreditation standards.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Establish a family like environment in the residence including supporting behaviors and expectations.
  2. Coordinate daily residence schedule and routine, including meal preparation, medication administration, and activities (community outings, life skills activities, etc.).
  3. Provide transportation for youth to appointments as needed.
  4. Work closely with the school system regarding youth in the home. Supervise and provide assistance with school work. Attend school events, including parent teach conferences.
  5. Work with the nearby community resources to assist youth in making positive connections.
  6. Participate in In-Home Treatment plan activities per case manager's recommendations. Teach and model new behaviors for youth as indicated in their treatment plans.
  7. Conduct, assist with and support recommended assessment activities. Participate in team meetings.
  8. Engage in collaborative and therapeutic relationships with the youth and caseworker, therapist and youth counselors to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all residents.
  9. Help youth develop, improve and sustain permanent relationships with family and friends.
  10. Document all activities in accordance with program policy.
  11. Follow and enforce all established safety, fire prevention, sanitation, and smoking regulations. Assure that all equipment and supplies, including personal vehicle, are used and maintained in a safe and efficient manner.

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Job Qualifications

 

Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

 

Experience

  • Experience working in a group home or residential setting preferred.

 

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to live in the residence preferred.
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish (or the major language of the youth in care) preferred. Ability to read, speak and write English and Spanish (or the major language of the youth in care) utilizing proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar preferred.
  • Understanding of the developmental needs and effective management of youth in care.
  • Basic understanding of group dynamics.
  • Ability to provide appropriate discipline, crisis intervention, and child/youth handling techniques.
  • Provide safe techniques of restraint per policies.
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively in team setting as well as independently.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others on an interpersonal level.
  • Understanding of the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the individuals served.
  • Possess mature and stable judgment, and sensitivity to various cultures and the unique history of youth in the Division of Unaccompanied Children Services (DUCS).
  • Possess the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

 

Additional Work Requirements

  • Valid unrestricted driver's license with a good driving record. Proof of automobile insurance. Reliable personal transportation suitable for transporting persons served.

 

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Ability to move freely about facility.
  • May be subject to hot cooking surfaces.
  • Near visual acuity.
  • Hand-eye coordination.