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Overview

BASIC PURPOSE:

Peer support and engaging families identified through the Yuba County Differential Response Services Program in services that strengthen and support the family. Surround each family with individualized activities to ensure optimal family function and child safety.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

Internal Relationships: DR staff and other Youth for Change programs.
External Relationships: Yuba County CAPS staff, program partners, community-based organizations, and others, as identified through program requirements.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

● With DR team members, develop, plan, and implement weekly family activities.
● Engage families as full partners in their own and their child’s development and safety.
● Strengthen parent-child relationships through home visiting, family support, case management, and other activities of the DR program.
● Build family and child self-esteem by recognizing and drawing on the family’s cultural strengths.
● Support families in identifying and addressing challenges that affect the well-being of their child(ren).
● Advocates for and secures community services and resources by maintaining constructive communication with the family and community-based partner agencies and organizations.
● Helps families advocate for themselves and their children with schools, agencies and organizations, and systems.
● Helps families access and follow up on services, treatment, support, and early intervention programs.
● Administers and explains assessments, screens, and measurements used to support the family and child(ren).
● Works with other organizations and community professionals serving the family by involving them in a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting and advancing the family’s self-identified goals.
● Works to maintain family engagement and interest by involving them in activities that meet the family’s needs and expectations.
● Encourages families to identify and pursue opportunities, education, and programs that benefit and enhance family interaction.
● Encourages family participation in decision-making at all program levels.
● Work with families to develop protective and promotive factors—social connections and a healthy support network, resilience when under stress, understanding of child development, knowledge of how to access concrete resources, the ability to help their child develop social and emotional skills, while fostering their own growth and learning mindset.
● Ensures flexible, creative approach to goal planning based on ongoing needs assessment and response.
● Participate in ongoing professional development to support skill development.
● Participate in required screening, data entry, and outcomes assessment to support DR success.
● Work flexible or non-traditional hours, when needed.
● Attend scheduled staff and program meetings.
● Generate and maintain accurate participant records.
● Maintain regular attendance.
● Establish and maintain effective relationships.
● Other duties and special projects, as assigned.

In collaboration with the family and team, provide the following services to the family: needs/strengths assessment, plan development, linkages and consultation, assistance in accessing services, crisis assistance planning, periodic review of needs and progress. Services will be family-centered and strength-based, directed at establishing a trusting relationship; will assist in strengthening the parent-child relationship; and will assist parents in improving their skills to optimize the home environment by enhancing the family support system and increasing the family’s ability to problem–solve and advocate for themselves and their children.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

TRANSPORTATION:

Use of your personal vehicle is necessary for Youth for Change business. You will be responsible for keeping a mileage record and submitting it to your supervisor for reimbursement. Proof of current liability insurance on your personal vehicle must be provided at time of employment and when it expires. Personal vehicle insurance is the primary coverage in case you are in an accident in your vehicle while on business for YFC. Since you may be transporting in your vehicle, it must be well maintained.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

• AA Degree in applicable field (Ex: behavioral sciences, social work, child development) and a minimum of two years of experience related to the activities outlined in this job description.
• Bachelor’s Degree in applicable field (Ex: behavioral sciences, social work, child development) and a minimum of two years of experience related to the activities outlined in this job description.
• Experience interacting with families, community-based organizations, and county agencies.

SKILLS:

• Knowledge of community resources.
• Knowledge of family and child health and safety, child development, nutrition, and family dynamics.
• Ability to maintain standards of confidentiality and professionalism.
• Ability to create and maintain effective internal and external relationships.
• Maintain regular and open communication with supervisor, team, and DR partners.
• Maintain a growth mindset—participates actively in own growth and development.
• Demonstrate motivation and time management.
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with individuals and families whose behaviors and value systems may differ from yours.
• Fosters teamwork, family support, parent-child relationships.
• Maintains strong personal and program boundaries.
• Ability to enter data, administer screens and assessments.
• Strong records management and ability to review/maintain electronic files.
• Demonstrates good writing and organizational skills.
• Possesses and maintains a valid CA Driver’s License and vehicle insurance at all times.
• Ability to participate in community meetings as a representative of the DR program and Youth for Change.
• Asks questions appropriately—seeks advice promptly from supervisor when unsure what to do.
• Ability to refer families to services, follow-up, maintain regular contact, and provide support over a period of time.
• Displays positive approach.
• Teamwork oriented.
• Prompt and reliable.

LANGUAGE ABILITY:

Ability to read and comprehend instructions, notes, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write correspondence, notes, memos, and documents. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and in group situations.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to problem-solve concrete variables in standardized and more complex situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The following lists physical demands an employee will perform on a regular basis:

Sitting
Walking
Standing
Driving
Handwriting
Reading
On the phone
Reach with hands and arms
Talking and/or hearing
Lifting (10 lbs. To 30 lbs.)

The following lists physical demands an employee may perform on an occasional basis:

Stoop, kneel crouch or crawl
Special activities with families may include:

Skipping
Hiking
Climbing
Biking
Fishing
Walking
But not necessarily limited to the above list of activities

Duties are performed inside with climate control, in outdoor environment, and in weather conditions and in or near water.

This position regularly requires being able to work at close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less) and to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus) for the purpose charting and recording keeping. For driving, the outdoor environment and watching the child/youth, distance vision (clear at more than 20 feet), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point.) and depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships) are needed.

The typical noise level in the work environment of this position is of moderate notice. On occasion, you may be subjected to a loud noise level.

SPECIFIC PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be ambulatory as individual must be able to access family homes that are not wheelchair accessible.

WORK ENVIRONMENT – SOCIAL

Employee shall work in a non-hostile work environment. This is, the employee is expected not to engage in any activity that unreasonably interferes with performance of any other employee, such as sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination or any other behavior unduly demeans or intimidates another employee.

As an essential function of this position, the employee must be able to handle levels of stress satisfactorily and be congenial with other employees, clients and vendors at all times.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT

Any offer of employment is contingent upon taking and passing a health screening/TB test. The examination assesses a candidate’s ability to meet the physical demands of the position with or without accommodation in accordance with applicable statues for applicants with disabilities. Any offer of employment is also contingent upon taking and successfully passing a criminal background investigation (fingerprinting/livescan); the guidelines set forth by the Department of Justice in accordance with the State’s Penal Code Section 11105.2.

In addition, any offer of employment is contingent upon CPR & First Aid certification and having a DMV record that passes the criteria from the Agency’s insurance carrier, providing any necessary state license, credential or degree and receiving good valid reports on reference checks.

Applicants who refuse to submit to testing or who do not pass all tests or provide required document will not be hired or retained in employment.

How to Apply: For a full description and to apply visit: http://www.youth4change.org/?page=employment

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Associate's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for this Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Motor Vehicle Record Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 18.67
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 19.81

    About Youth for Change

    Youth for Change is a non-profit, public benefit organization licensed by the State of California to provide comprehensive treatment, education and support services in our community. Established in 1991, the Youth for Change team has continually developed community partnerships for the purpose of championing the well-being of children and families. Our programs are dynamic and respond flexibly to community and family needs.

    Mission Statement: Enhancing the Well-being of children, individuals, families and communities.

    Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes