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Northampton County Youth Care Worker in Easton, Pennsylvania

Northampton County's Juvenile Justice Center has current openings forYouth Care Worker positions In order to be considered for this opportunity, applicants must possess a minimum of sixty (60) college credits and complete the Employment Application for Court Administration Judicially Appointed Positions, which can be accessed here. Applications will not be accepted online for this position. For additional information about these positions, please call (610) 829-6850. YOUTH CARE WORKER GENERAL PURPOSEThe Youth Care Worker is responsible for the care and custody of children and youth who have been alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent and are residents of the county juvenile justice center. SUPERVISION RECEIVEDThis position reports directly to the Juvenile Justice Center Supervisor and/or higher level official in the County Juvenile Detention Facility. SUPERVISION EXERCISEDThis position exercises no supervision over other employees. ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF THE POSITIONProvides for the care, activity and security for children and youth in the County Juvenile Justice Center. Cares for and maintains order among residents on an assigned shift. Counsels children and youth, discussing their concerns and interests to attempt to alleviate any adjustment or behavior problems. Plans, conducts and participates in resident activities, including but not limited to instructional or recreational activities. Demonstrates and teaches residents personal hygiene, housekeeping and related practices. Inspects children and youth upon admission for cleanliness, freedom from disease and injuries. Conducts pat and/or strip searches upon intake, after visits and on an as needed basis. Searches rooms and other facility areas for contraband. Reacts to disturbances in the facility, reasoning with residents and separating and/or implementing restraints or isolation when necessary. Transports and accompanies children and youth to other institutions, clinics, and foster homes.Assesses issues of difficulty or potential problems and provides reports and recommends solutions to higher level staff. Completes appropriate admission and discharge forms for residents. Maintains records of shift activities, incidents and writes reporting concerning resident behavior. May assist with orienting newly hired Youth Care Worker staff. *An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description. Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Completion of sixty (60) college credits at an accredited college or university in Social or Behavioral Sciences, or a related field of study; AND An Associate's Degree in Social or Behavioral Sciences, or a related field of study, is preferred; AND At least six (6) months of full-time or full-time equivalent direct work related experience is preferred; AND Employees assigned to this title will be required to possess and maintain a valid and current motor vehicle driver's license with an acceptable driving record. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIESKnowledge of the care, custody and control of delinquent youth in an institutional setting. Knowledge of the effects of institutionalization on the attitudes of children and youth, and social processes among them. Knowledge of the growth stages of children and youth, including social, emotional and mental development through the teenage years.Skill in communicating with children and youth alleged and/or adjudicated delinquent on personally sensitive or confidential issues. Ability to supervise the activities of children and youth in custody, insuring their safe

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