Do you have some flexibility in your schedule and are interested in working weekend or overnight shifts? Are you interested in helping teens with little to no family support gain the confidence and skills to become successful independent adults? If so, we would love to speak with you about opportunities within our 2 therapeutic group homes!
Our teen girls program in Malden, MA is looking to fill the following shifts:
Overnight: Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday 12am - 8am
Also available are Relief Counselor spots for staff interested in just filling in daytime or evening shifts 1-2 times per month.
Please specify your availability in your cover letter.
THE AGENCY: Cambridge Family and Children's Service (CFCS) is one of the oldest human services agencies in Greater Boston. Founded in 1873 as the Avon Home, an orphanage for local children, CFCS has a long and distinguished history of serving children, adolescents, individuals and families in the Cambridge area, Greater Boston and its suburbs. Today CFCS provides services for foster and group care, adoption, developmental disabilities, and family support, all programs that support individuals and strengthen families in more than 100 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.
PURPOSE: The Milieu Counselor(s) are members of the congregate care team and work with youth in CFCS's group home programs for transition age youth (16-22) at either the Malden or Dorchester location. The program assists youth referred by the Department of Children and Family or the Department of Mental Health to increase their self-sufficiency and independent living skill development.
The Program supports youth to:
•Develop skills and abilities needed to be productive members of residential program;
•Develop skills and abilities needed to live independently;
•Establish and promote lifelong connections;
•Establish and achieve educational and vocational goals; and
•Successfully transition to adulthood.
Milieu Counselors are responsible for providing a safe and healthy environment, and welcoming atmosphere, while ensuring the safety of the residents. They would be required to report any runaways or disturbances to the Agency's on-call staff. This position is responsible for reminding residents of their daily schedules, providing supportive and crisis intervention counseling. Milieu Counselors are expected to be strong role models for the adolescents we serve and have the ability to develop positive relationships with our youth.
Responsibilities and Duties
•Providing supervision to the teen residents, documenting all activities within the milieu and on program sponsored outside activities, following all protocol.
•Provide supportive counseling and crisis intervention services to residents as needed.
•Assist the Case Manager/House Manager/Program Supervisor with monitoring the residents' compliance with daily expectations as outlined in the Program Expectations re: chores, curfews, etc.
•Set and contribute to a safe, dignified, orderly atmosphere by enforcing program rules, policies, and procedures as well as through observing stated agency policy.
•Act as a role model - guiding clients and facilitating appropriate behavior about daily living skills, self-care, personal interaction, social relationships and constructive time management.
•If MAP certified, ensure all medications are administered and recorded in medical log.
•Attend weekly staff meetings.
•Facilitate informal group discussions with residents on a regular basis in order to establish a basis for communication about house issues, maintenance, schedules, and other program matters.
•Maintain and promote the cooperative, harmonious, teamwork environment CFCS strives to promote within the workplace; Maintain and promote an atmosphere of dignity and respect in line with the philosophy and policies of Cambridge Family and Children's Services.
•Interact with other team members to assure communication, consistency and teamwork among staff.
•Complete designated shift-specific tasks.
•Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills
•High school diploma or equivalent; Associate Degree or higher a plus;
•1+ years of experience working with families or youth, preferable in a residential setting;
•MAP (MA Medication Administration Program) certified or the ability to take the training to obtain it & pass the tests within 3 months of hire (CFCS covers the cost of this training;)
•Demonstrated ability to engage youth who are struggling with some challenging behavior;.
•Ability to read and write English;
•First Aid/CPR certified or the ability to take the training to obtain it within 1 month of hire (CFCS will cover the cost of this training;)
•Flexibility with a team player mentality; ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision; an extreme focus on good judgment with a proactive approach to problem-solving.
•Valid MA drivers license with access to an insured vehicle
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