On the Way Home Consultant
The On The Way Home Consultant position provides post-program consultation on dropout prevention, parental support and involvement, and home and school academic interventions.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & DUTIES:
- Provides services to youth and families and coordinates intervention and service processes; completes administrative functions.
- Provides direct help, follow-up support, and intervention to youth and families who are departing out of home care and returning home and to community based school including dropout prevention, parental support, and academic interventions.
- Provides parent training in the management of youth behaviors and in developing and utilizing functional skills to deal with academic problems, child management, and personal and family adjustments.
- Assesses needs and responds to problems, prepares proper documentation and service plans; establishes systems to promote pro-social youth behavior.
- Provides support to family members, monitors progress toward reaching predetermined goals, and reviews service plans; builds on family competencies and maintains appropriate level of direct contact with families per program requirements.
- Develops and maintains effective working relationships as a liaison between families and schools with necessary support services for the parents, school administrators, school teachers and mentors, and other social agency workers.
- Develops and maintains an effective working relationship with the youth's school mentors, teachers, and administrators to promote academic success.
- Meets with families and youth at various locations; utilizes own vehicle to travel to work destinations and to transport youth as authorized.
- Assists youth and family members in building on their spiritual and religious beliefs or practices as a source of strength to reach goals.
- Promotes a culture of professionalism through role modeling and respect.
- Develops and maintains effective data collection system to provide appropriate data; completes all necessary documentation, strictly observing model implementation, organization, and documentation.
- Prepares and submits reports and recommendations concerning case load status, critical incident involvement of family members and staff, budget requests, changes in program plans, and any unusual incidents that occur in the operation of the program.
- Ensures compliance with contractual, regulatory, program, and accrediting standards.
- Implements feedback from supervisor.
Serves as a role model in carrying out the Father Flanagan's Boys' Home mission.
- Directs all activities towards the fulfillment of the Boys Town mission
- Directs all actions to reflect the values and principles of Boys Town
- Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, collaboration, and ethical behavior
- Maintains regular, reliable and predictable attendance
- Supports other members of the management team and their work
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of regulatory requirements pertaining to youth care and of contractual and program requirements.
- High level of professionalism and interpersonal skills. Excellent critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills.
- Computer skills in Microsoft Office.
- Ability to communicate at all levels in the organization and with external business contacts in an articulate, professional manner while maintaining necessary degree of confidentiality.
- Ability to build and sustain successful, professional relationships.
- Ability to work independently in a collaborative environment, meet deadlines, and multi-task while maintaining quality standards.
- Ability to quickly make decisions in sensitive and sometimes critical areas and present decisions to appropriate individuals.
- Ability to adapt responses to situations while maintaining procedural and regulatory integrity.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelor's degree in Human Services or related field, or High School diploma with three years of experience in the Boys Town Model.
- 1 to 2 years of experience including working with children and families; experience working with children and families in community-based programs or Boys Town Programs preferred.
- Must possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record and pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check. Must have the ability to provide own transportation to complete travel requirements of the job. Must meet auto insurance requirements established by Boys Town policy and/or State and Local laws and pass annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check.
- This position is available rotationally to provide crisis response and must be available to work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSURES, AND LANGUAGE SKILLS:
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND EQUIPMENT USAGE:
Reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees, youth, or families.
Duties are performed in a variety of environments ranging from highly stressful and potentially aggressive (physical interventions, escorts, etc.) to casual and leisurely, in both indoor and outdoor settings. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to outside weather conditions and maybe required to visit homes with substandard living conditions and domestic pets.