Supervising Children's Residential Care Counselor
Education: Completion of sixty semester units at an accredited college with at least nine semester units in child development, sociology, behavioral and social psychology, social casework, social welfare, counseling and guidance, child psychology or a closely related field in behavioral science would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed.
Two years of full-time experience equivalent to the level of Care Counselor I with Sonoma County may be substituted for thirty semester units of coursework.
Experience: Completion of one year of full-time experience at the level of Care Counselor II with Sonoma County.
License: Possession of a valid California driver's license at the appropriate level, including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.
Additional Requirements: Candidates certified for employment must be willing to undergo and successfully complete an in-depth background investigation, including a psychological evaluation, finger printing, a criminal history check, and a medical examination.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: sociology, behavioral and social psychology; social casework, social welfare, counseling and guidance, child development, behavioral and related sciences; relationship to personality development, behavior patterns, motivation and group and family dynamics; psychological, behavioral, cultural factors and child development as they relate to dealing with dependent, abused or neglected children; typical child and youth behavior patterns and methods of guidance, counseling and modification of behavioral patterns; management and supervisory techniques that motivate and encourage the staff and Home assignees; apply the techniques of effective supervision.
Ability to: communicate orally and in writing, listen actively; relate to a wide variety of individuals from different socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds; make and record detailed observations; oversee the completion of essential reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, Resident children, supervisors, health and social services providers, families, volunteers, foster parents, law enforcement agencies, other departments and the public. Exercise good judgment and adopt effective courses of action in emergency situations; direct the activities of Care Counselors I and II in emergency situations; apply First Aid to children and staff; train and coach staff in all aspects of their job responsibilities.
Supervise the effective control of the home population; the bathing, dressing, feeding and provision of recreation to the children; work different shifts and on weekends and holidays; restrain children for the safety and protection of themselves and others.