19 days old

Refugee Lead Youth Resident Support Worker

Lansing, MI 48933


At Samaritas, we ask you to join us - to \u201cBe The Rock That Starts The Ripple\u201d. A ripple of transformation in the individual lives of the 15,000 people we help each year, and a ripple of positive change throughout our community. Our team is growing at Samaritas! We are seeking more Rocks to join our team. We are always looking for additional employees who want to make a big impact and have a lot of fun doing so as part of an enthusiastic, collaborative team. We want you to be our rock!


Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


Job Summary


Provides direct oversight to Youth Resident Support Workers and Life Coaches as well as assistance and guidance to youth transitioning between foster care and independent living in Staff Supported Housing.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and Maintain schedules of Youth Resident Support Workers in Staff Supported Housing.
  • Maintain adequate awareness of house operations, house needs, and any staffing issues.
  • Collaborates and consults with Program Manager/Foster Care Supervisor to administer corrective actions, disciplinary steps and performance management.
  • Provides direct supervision to Youth Resident Support Workers in the absence of the Program Manager/Foster Care Supervisor.
  • Serve as a role model to youth in residence by modeling responsible behaviors, as required.
  • Provide guidance in daily living skills, including household chores to youth.
  • Monitor activities of youth to ensure their safety and well-being. Report non-compliance with house rules to the Case Manager.
  • Maintain communication with youth to ensure adjustment to program expectations.
  • Participate in \"house meetings\" to review house rules, plan activities or discuss other needs of house/group.
  • Participate in treatment planning meeting with each youth as needed or requested.
  • Communicate implementation of each youth's Independent Living Plan with Independent Living Coach, Case Manager and other appropriate parties.
  • Maintain adequate awareness of youth's activities to ensure the safety of the youth, other residents, staff and the home are maintained.
  • Report safety hazards and needed repairs within home and grounds to designated Case Manager or Supervisor. Contact Landlord for urgent needs.
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    Job Qualifications


    Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

    • High School Diploma or GED and one year in a supervisory role or child welfare setting required.
    • Associates Degree and one year in a supervisory role or child welfare setting required; or Bachelor's degree in social services.
    • Professional training in social work, social services or child development preferred.


    • Experience working in a group home or residential setting preferred.
    • Experience working with youth preferred.

    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    • Ability and willingness to display compassion and sensitivity to youth.
    • Ability and willingness to relate to youth who are in transition from foster care or residential placement to independent living. Ability to deal with a variety of circumstances; ability to recognize problem and respond and/or take appropriate action.
    • Ability to work creatively and effectively in team setting as well as independently with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with others on an interpersonal level.
    • Ability to understand the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the youth served.
    • Ability to guide youth in understanding and applying basic life management skills.
    • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
    • Ability to use basic math skills.
    • Ability to read, speak and legibly write English language with proper use of punctuation, spelling and grammar.
    • Bi-lingual in Spanish (or the Major language of the youth in care) preferred.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of youth information.


    Additional Work Requirements

    • Valid unrestricted driver's license with good driving record.  Reliable personal transportation suitable for safely transporting persons served; proof of current registration and automobile insurance.


    Physical and Mental Requirements

    • Ability to see video display terminals and utilize eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills for work processing and data entry.
    • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
    • Ability to move freely about the facility.
    • Ability to maneuver up and down staircases.
    • Ability to stoop, bend and lift arms over head.


    Posted: 2019-08-06 Expires: 2019-09-12

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