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Youth Mentor (0104-0106)

Lutheran Services Florida

This is a Contract position in Plant City, FL posted November 12, 2021.

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong and communities are vibrant.

Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services, including:

  • early childhood education
  • refugee and immigration
  • mental health and substance abuse
  • juvenile justice
  • child welfare

LSF is looking for a talented Youth Mentor who wants to make an impact in the lives of others.

Purpose & Impact:

This is a direct service delivery position. Supervise residents, provide quality care, ensure a safe and secure environment and transport and accompany/supervise residents on outside activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide supportive environment for youth.
  • Assists children with preparing and eating meals, taking baths, maintaining hygiene, administering medication, and performing other daily routine tasks.
  • Transports individual and groups of children for appointments or field trips outside the facility
  • Provide daily security and up-keep of facility.
  • Develops, plans, coordinates, and participates in daily recreational and social activities, including outdoor programs and physical exercise.
  • Consults and communicates with shift leaders, supervisors and professional staff concerning behavior issues and the needs of children
  • As directed, participate in the implementation and monitoring of client case plans.
  • Participate in various in-service training sessions and attend staff meetings
  • Assign and supervise chores in addition to performing light housekeeping duties such as making beds and cleaning laundry, to ensure that the children’s residential setting is neat, clean, and orderly.
  • Interviews and responds to critical incidents and emergency situations. Document incidents in the logbook as well as on the appropriate forms.
  • Assists with the initial intakes and discharge of youth.
  • Document as in the logbook as outlined in policies and procedures.
  • Conducts group meetings with youth to discuss issues and address concerns.
  • Provides instruction on appropriate behaviors and independent living skills.
  • Observes and documents the behavior, development and needs of children.
  • Maintains daily written records and logs of observations and concerns about individual children.
  • Provides responsive, high quality service to Community Based Care Lead Agencies, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Courts, the School Board and other representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner.

Other Functions:

Perform other duties as assigned by Program Director and/or Program Coordinator.

Physical Requirements:

  • High level of energy required.
  • Full physical requirements such as lifting, bending, cooking, cleaning, and using the telephone required.
  • Ability to transport youth in agency van.
  • Accompany youth on field trips and other recreational outings.
  • Certified CPR/First Aide, and crisis intervention required.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license and proof of active insurance.

Education:

  • Associates Degree in Human Service field preferred
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalency completion certification required.

Experience:

Minimum of one (1) year experience working with youth/troubled youth in an organized/structured setting preferred.

License, Certification and Screening:

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) requires those hired into this position to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (including any booster shots, if required) or must become fully vaccinated within the first 30 days of employment. Failure to provide timely proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with LSF.

Any individuals subject to this requirement may submit for consideration a request to be exempted from the requirement (based on a valid religious or medical reason) on forms to be provided by LSF. Such requests will be subject to review and approval by the Company, and exemptions will be granted only if the Company can provide a reasonable accommodation in relation to the requested exemption. Note that approvals for reasonable accommodations are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and availability of a reasonable accommodation is not guaranteed. This vaccination requirement is based, in part, on recently established government requirements. The requirement is also based on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in protecting against COVID-19, and our shared responsibility for the health and safety of members, clients, and community.

Skills:

  • Good organizational, written, and verbal skills.
  • Dependability, discretion, and good judgment are essential.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, co-workers, and the general public.

Other:

Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Reports to Program Coordinator.
  • Team player with co-workers and administrators.
  • Ensures qualitative care for clients in a safe, secure environment.
  • Adherence to license and quality assurance standards of local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Effective behavior management and supervision of residents during activities.
  • Adherence to all agency policies and procedures.

Why work for LSF?

Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas

LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part in transforming the lives of those in need.

Community

A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY – drives each one of us.

People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the organization.

Growth Opportunities

Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida, team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other programs or grow within their existing program/department.

Amazing benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Long-term disability
  • Employer paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
  • Health and dependent care FSA
  • 13 Paid holidays+ 1 Floating
  • Generous PTO policy
  • 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match
  • Tuition reimbursement

Additional Voluntary Benefits

  • Short-term disability
  • Group life insurance
  • Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
  • Legal Shield coverage