Knowledge, Skill and Experience Requirements:
- Masters Degree in field related to social services.
- Experience working with foster youth and a Foster Family Agency (FFA) and/or residential setting preferred.
- Willingness to work flexible hours in order to assist the program with youth and activities - some visits will take place on weekends and/or after hours.
- Ability to fluently read, write, and speak English, bilingual Spanish strongly preferred.
- Must be able to successfully complete and maintain required certifications and training including, but not limited to, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Prudent Parenting, First Aid/CPR, and other evidence-informed practices.
- Must be computer-literate and be able to understand and effectively use electronic health record/database systems.
- Comfortable presenting oneself in community settings.
- Must be a minimum of twenty-one years old.
- Possess a valid California drivers license and proof of automobile insurance. Position requires DMV clearance.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check, FBI/DOJ fingerprinting, TB test, and drug screen.
- Candidates are required to pass a medical examination in order to determine one's fitness and ability to care for youth.
Working Environment: Provides family-style services in a campus setting, as well as services in the community to resource and/or biological families. Staff is subject to outside environmental conditions occasionally, inside conditions frequently, with protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. Working in the variety of community settings, including some that are unpredictable. Foster children of all ages, but primarily youth 7th-12th grade, with medical, behavioral, mental health issues, and the potential for verbal and physical threats. Transports or facilitate transportation for clients to appointments and activities, as required. The work includes constant interruptions in an environment of moderate to high noise level.
Physical Requirements: Staff must maintain proficiency in Nonviolence Crisis Intervention, as well as First Aid/CPR, requiring regular and sustained bending, lifting, pulling, stooping, hand and arm pressure, sitting and/or laying prone on the floor for extended periods. To facilitate youth activities and transports, staff must be able to safely drive vehicles transporting one or more youth to events, family visits, etc., in heavy, prolonged traffic (more than one hour each way).
- Frequent carrying, up to 20 pounds.
- Frequent bending, stooping, twisting, turning, and squatting.
- Frequent pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds and 25 feet.
- Frequent climbing of stairs (in a three-story dormitory)
- Regularly lifting floor to waist and floor above shoulders.
- Regularly sitting, 1 to 10 hours per day.
- Regularly standing, 1 to 10 hours per day.
- Regular use of fine motor skills for such activities as writing, note-taking, typing, and craft-making.
- Normal or corrected vision needed for driving, supervision of youth, observation of discrete skills, and documentation.
- Normal or corrected hearing to insure proper supervision and campus safety.
- Normal sense of smell to detect client hygiene issues, infant hygiene needs, and environmental safety issues.
- Normal ability to speak to teach skills, give feedback, discuss strategies, and converse on telephone.
- Stamina to work 12-hour shifts and drive for up to four hours.
Modification to work schedule may be made based on need of the Foundation.
Orangewood Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex. gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other protected group, in accordance with all applicable federal or State laws.