Children's Residential Care Counselor I - Extra-Help
Join us at Valley of the Moon Children's Home and become a Children's Residential Care Counselor I - Extra-Help!
This is an excellent opportunity to serve our community's youth and work with some of Sonoma County's finest trauma informed youth counselors.
About the Positions
The Valley of the Moon Children's Center (VMCC) is a part of the Human Services Department's Family, Youth, & Children's Services Division. The Center provides temporary, emergency shelter for children ages newborn through 17 who have entered compassionate care placement due to abuse, abandonment, neglect, or from parents/guardians’ inability to care for them.
As a Children's Residential Care Counselor I - Extra-Help, you will carry out the mission of the Department to provide trauma-informed care philosophies and approaches in the day-to-day operations of VMCC. This includes direct supervision of youth, to ensure their safety and well-being, by monitoring program participation and setting limits as appropriate. Additional duties include:
- Participating in Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings to provide feedback on youth behaviors, engagement, and progress towards goals
- Providing positive and nurturing experiences to children and youth, while maintaining care and supervision
- Teaching, coaching, and providing feedback to youth to help them develop a self-regulation skill set
- Providing transportation to and from school and coordinating recreational activities
- Documenting youth participation in activities, as well as their strengths, challenges, behaviors, interactions, and application of therapeutic skills
- Counseling youth to help minimize the trauma associated with separation from family members and/or guardians
- Planning and implementing small and large group activities, study support, and field trip activities
- Providing coaching, mentoring, and teaching of life skills, social skills, and coping mechanisms using established Trauma-Informed Care methods
- Utilizing Therapeutic Crisis Intervention techniques to de-escalate youth in acute crisis
- Administering medication to individual children per written instruction from medical providers
- Building relationships with a variety of youth and their caregivers as they transition out of VMCC
The ideal candidates will possess:
- A strong youth development and experiential learning background
- Experience in Trauma-Informed Care practices
- Multiple years' of experience working in a children's/youth group home, wilderness program/camp, or other environment, requiring strong supervisory facilitation skills, interactive support, and coaching
- The ability to develop positive connections with youth while utilizing role-model problem solving and conflict resolution practices
- An aptitude for monitoring and intervening in high-risk behaviors, handling crisis situations, and providing consistency and behavioral limits through relationship-based interventions
- Expertise in teaching and modeling the Department's mission, vision, and values
PLEASE NOTE: VMCC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, therefore the ability to work evenings and weekend hours is required. Applicants must be willing to undergo a thorough background investigation, psychological evaluation, fingerprinting, criminal history, and a medical and physical abilities examination prior to employment.
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Intermittent, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive period. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.
The Human Services Department is currently recruiting to fill 10 intermittent, extra-help positions. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list.
*Salary is negotiable within the established range.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
- You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.
A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are accepted online at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org. Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.
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