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Substitute Worker

Job Details

On Call, As Needed
Bachelor Degree Preferred
$20.00 - $22.50 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services

SCHEDULE: Substitute workers work on an as-needed, sporadic basis. There is no guarantee of scheduled hours. Because the program is staffed 24-hours per day, 365 days per year, substitute workers must have some flexibility in their availability and, generally, must be able to work overnight shifts, as well as weekends and holidays. An Overnight Shift Bonus of $75.00 will be provided to any employee that works an overnight shift that does not fall under their regular shift schedule. Substitute Workers who do not work for 6 consecutive months are normally removed from the employment rolls. The schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program.

WAGE/BENEFITS: $20.00 per hour (with potential +$2.00 for eligible overnight hours worked and +$.50 for staff with Bachelor's Degree in: Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Mental Health, Human Development or a related field). Ineligible for benefits except as required by law. 

Applications for all positions may be forwarded to appropriate similar positions within Janus Youth Programs. Positions may vary by location, pay structure, union, and supervisory staff.


The Substitute Workers work on a sporadic, as-needed basis to fill in for regular staff who are unavailable. The position is responsible for providing ongoing supervision and care for adolescents to adults depending on the program. Depending on the shift being filled the position may work alone or in partnership with other staff. Duties may vary, depending on the shift and program, but will generally involve supervision of clients, crisis management, monitoring client behavior, and assuring a safe living environment in accordance with Agency and program policies and procedures. The position provides quality youth care and close intensive supervision of adolescent clients.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying.

  • Bachelor's degree in mental health, social work, juvenile justice, or related field or two years experience working with youth is preferred. (Note: No less than 50 percent of the Direct Care Staff shall have a Bachelor’s Degree or 2 years experience working with youth.)
  • Preference may be extended to current employees of Janus Youth Programs, Inc.​


  • Must value working in a multicultural/diverse environment.
  • Ability to work effectively and act on the agenda of the program.
  • Ability to problem solve, exercise independent judgment within program guidelines, and respond to crisis situations.
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and judgment in working with a variety of people.
  • Ability to effectively monitor safety and effectively de-escalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.
  • Ability to remain calm and emotionally available in an environment that serves at-risk and troubled adolescents
  • Ability to regularly attend scheduled shift, be punctual for scheduled shift and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of the position.
  • Ability to accurately read, record, interpret and convey information accurately.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, including clients, management, parole officers, and community partners.
  • Ability to climb at least 2 flights of stairs.
  • Ability to provide visual and auditory supervision of clients.
  • Ability to escort and supervise clients in the community which may require standing and walking up to an hour at one time.
  • Ability to accurately log the outcome of client meetings and planning sessions.
  • Ability to direct clients to resource groups in the community for assistance.
  • Ability to problem solve while keeping in mind the best interest and welfare of the client.
  • Responsive to feedback and supervisory direction.
  • Ability to stay awake and alert throughout assigned shift.
  • Manual/Physical dexterity allowing for performance of routine office and household functions (i.e., phone use, filing, faxing, copying, computer use, cleaning, etc.).


  • Driving is preferred; a personal vehicle and/or use of agency vehicle for travel and/or transport clients preferred. All employees who drive for work purposes must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for state of residency, have a driving record that permits coverage under the corporate auto liability policy, and complete the agency’s driving approval process before driving for work. If driving a personal vehicle for work purposes drivers must also have personal auto liability coverage ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended). Employees are not to drive for work purposes until they have received written authorization to do so.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens training is required on first day of employment and annually thereafter.
  • Must complete Mandatory Abuse Training within the first 30 days of employment and annually thereafter.
  • Provides emergency first-aid, as needed, and must have and maintain standard first-aid/CPR certification.
  • Must pass criminal history background check.
  • Food Handler's Certification.
  • May require National Provider Identification Number through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System.
  • Full Covid-19 vaccination required. 


  • May involve exposure to communicable diseases, including a variety of illnesses and infections such as the common cold, TB, Hepatitis, flu, meningitis, and HIV.
  • May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children, adolescents, adults, and families.
  • May involve time in excess of routine schedule and/or overtime, including evening/overnight, and/or weekend hours, and/or holidays.
  • May require working and providing services at locations other than program site (i.e., restaurant, café’, clients’ apartments, etc.,) and may, therefore, be exposed to environments not under agency control (i.e., second-hand smoke, varying hygiene practices, etc.).

This position description is intended to give the reader a general idea of the overall purpose and the main activities and responsibilities that are intrinsic to this position. While this description is intended to be representative, it is not intended to be limiting.

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