• Youth Resident Life Skills Coach

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/11/2018 8:43 AM)
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    Social Workers
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    Hours Per Pay Period
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    Weekends and/or Holidays Required
    On Call Required
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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.


    Job Summary


    Provides direct education and guidance to youth transitioning between foster care and independence living in Staff Supported Housing.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Serve as a role model to youth in residence by modeling responsible behaviors as required.
    2. Provide four hours of education per youth in daily living skills on a weekly basis, including but not limited to household chores.
    3. Monitor youths' activities to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Report non-compliance with home rules to the Team Leader and/or Case Manager.
    4. Maintain communication with youth to ensure adjustment to program expectations.
    5. Facilitate and /or participate in "house meetings" to review house rules, plan activities or discuss other needs of house/group.
    6. Participate in treatment planning meeting with each youth as needed or requested.
    7. Maintain adequate awareness of youth's activities to ensure the safety of the youth, other residents, staff and the home are maintained.
    8. Report safety hazards and needed repairs within home and grounds to designated Team Leader, Case Manager or Supervisor.


    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • Associates degree in social service or related field or minimum 60 hours coursework of secondary education in social service or related field.
    • Professional training in social work, social services or child development preferred.



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


    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability and willingness to display compassion and sensitivity to youth.
    • Ability and willingness to relate and educate youth who are in transition from foster care or residential placement to independent living. Ability to deal with a variety of circumstances; ability to recognize problem and respond and/or take appropriate action.
    • Ability to work creatively and effectively in team setting as well as independently with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with others on an interpersonal level.
    • Ability to understand the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the youth served.
    • Ability to guide youth in understanding and applying basic life management skills.
    • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. 
    • Ability to use basic math skills.
    • Ability to read, speak and legibly write English language with proper use of punctuation, spelling and grammar.
    • Bi-lingual in Spanish (or the major language of the youth in care) preferred.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of youth information.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Valid unrestricted driver's license with good driving record. Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current registration and automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Ability to maneuver up and down staircases.
    • Ability to move freely about.
    • Near visual acuity.
    • Hand-eye coordination.


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