HARRIS COUNTY Youth Worker in Houston, Texas

Position Description

Under the direct supervision of the Shift Supervisor, the Youth Worker supervises, monitors and counsels residents in the Shelter in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Licensing Division. Transports youth when necessary. Organizes and participates in program and recreational activities.

  • Counsels assigned residents experiencing emotional distress in order to help them accept their past, cope with their present and plan for their future.
  • Establishes therapeutic relationships with the youth and utilizes the behavior management system as a teaching tool.
  • Ensures that youth needs are met and appropriate personnel are informed.
  • Ensures the opportunities for skill development in the areas of personal hygiene, decision making, independent living skills and problem solving occurs for youth in the program.
  • Ensures that youth are dressed and groomed appropriately for scheduled activities.
  • Ensures that residents clean their rooms/areas thoroughly.
  • Discuss with youth issues related to any incidents of emotional distress, provides non-judgmental feedback and documents encounters.
  • Reports child abuse allegations and emotional or physical abuse of a child according to minimum standards and Kinder Shelter policy and procedures.
  • Completes incident reports as needed.
  • Completes progress notes for each resident and notes all pertinent information in client file.
  • Accurately completes intakes, discharges and progress notes in a timely manner.
  • Plans, organizes and provides organized activities during free time to enhance social skills, and emotional development.
  • Addresses unacceptable behavior when required in order to maintain a safe environment for all residents and staff.
  • Intervenes when youth are engaging in behaviors that are contrary to program rules.
  • Encourage youth to comply with program rules in a non-confrontational manner. Uses behavior management program as a teaching tool.
  • Utilizes assessment skills and critical thinking in decision making.
  • Documents all incidents involving youth accidents, injuries, illness, and signs of emotional distress, medications and other information on required forms.
  • Utilizes assessment skills to determine response to incidents; documents all incidents accurately and timely.
  • Completes documentation prior to ending shift or leaving for the day.
  • Completes progress notes that reflect assessment, intervention and planning for youth interactions.
  • Arrives at work on time and calls in when absent or lateness is unavoidable and uses time clock as required. Follows agency protocol when taking off work or calling in sick.
  • May be required to assume responsibilities of shift supervisor as needed.
  • Provides a safe environment for all youth and staff in the shelter. Reports and completes work orders as needed.
  • Marks, launders and folds clothing.
  • Attends staff meetings, mandatory trainings and maintains annual training hours required by licensing.
  • Works as a team player and is respectful to co-worker and supervisors. Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in a social science arena, e.g., psychology, sociology, social work, criminal justice or related field.

  • One (1) year of paid, full-time work experience working with youth and their families in a youth service agency in an institutional, counseling, or social service setting.
  • Training and experience using a personal computer with a variety of software including Microsoft Office.
  • A valid driver's license, reliable transportation and liability insurance.
  • Knowledge of protective services, child and family development, child management, family systems, community resources, and Justice of the Peace processes.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of case management and administration, case management documentation and records management.
  • Skill in empathizing, valuing, and dealing successfully with the special capabilities, distinctive cultural histories, and unique needs of people of various socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Skill in operating a personal computer, utilizing a variety of standard and specialized software including electronic case management.
  • Ability to handle sensitive interpersonal situations calmly and tactfully.
  • Ability to communicate detailed and often sensitive information effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior, exercising honesty and integrity, respect, confidentiality, and fairness in the execution of their official responsibilities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with youth, family members, school and government officials, community partners, and the general public.
  • Ability to work the allocated hours of the position, and be willing to report for duty on short notice at any hour of the day or night PLUS

  • Successful applicant will be required to complete Crisis Prevention Intervention, First Aid and CPR trainingwithin 90 days of employment. Additional Requirements

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation will be required at the time of interview or upon request.

  • Candidate must have a clean record -*No Convictions within past 10 Years.
  • All Previous Convictions, Deferred Adjudication, and Licensing/Credentialing Investigations ever received or conducted must be disclosed on your application/interview Preferences

  • Casework skills.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish. General Information


  • 11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
  • Sunday - Thursday *SALARY: *

  • $3,289.87 - $3,738.80 Monthly

  • Based on 26 Pay Periods
  • Plus Mileage Reimbursement

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.

Salary: $39,478.44 - $44,865.60 Annually

Location: Houston, TX

Job Type: Regular Full-time

Job Number: 02416

Department: Protective Services For Children and Adults

Closing: 10/31/2017 11:59 PM Central

Agency: Harris County

Address: 1310 Prairie Street, Ste. 170 Houston, Texas, 77002.

Phone: 713-274-5445

Website: http://www.harriscountytx.gov/hrrm/employment.aspx