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OUR
PASSION

YES to YOUTH - Montgomery County Youth Services seeks to empower youth and their families
by building on their existing strengths, expanding their opportunities, and enhancing their lives.

OUR
MISSION

YES to YOUTH - Montgomery County Youth Services strengthens the emotional and mental health development of youth and families
by providing crisis intervention, counseling, and suicide prevention services. We provide a safe and nurturing home
where abused, battered, sex-trafficked, homeless,and at-risk youth begin healing from the past and become empowered for the future. 

CURRENT OPENINGS

Job Title:   Bilingual Counselor/Family Support Specialist SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Bilingual Counselor or Family Support Specialist (FSS) provides direct service to youth and families using a therapeutic model of counseling/training designed to reduce conflict and negative behaviors, improve communication, change thought patterns, learn acceptance and intervene with a solution-focused, trauma-informed therapeutic approach. Counselors/FSS are the agency’s primary liaisons to the community; schools, the court and other referral sources. Counseling/FSS staff make therapeutic decisions on a day-to-day basis with the emphasis on prevention and solutions to promote optimum health to the client under the guidance of the Director of Counseling Services. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, and other duties may be assigned: · If licensed, counsel clients and family members, individually and/or in-group sessions, to assist them in reaching their goals, adjusting to life and making positive changes. Able to provide cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy to youth. · If not licensed or yet to acquire licensure, provide Family and Individual sessions with clients and family members, individually and/or in group sessions, to assist them in reaching their goals, adjusting to life and making positive changes. · Maintain a minimum of 65% direct service hours weekly. · Timely entry of progress notes of two business days and at month end, the deadline may be shorter due to billing requirements. · Provide youth prevention and education groups and/or adult skills groups, including some evenings, as appropriate with community need and grant requirements. · Provide immediate crisis intervention to youth and their families, 24 hours a day with weekly rotations. · Complete and maintain client-related paperwork, including federal and state mandated forms, client records, progress notes and other grant and/or agency-required forms. · Provide appropriate case management and/or referral information to youth and families as needed. · Participates in regular supervision meetings with Director of Counseling Services to review and plan for cases. · Attend staff meetings and in-service training as directed by Director of Counseling Services or Chief Operating Officer. · Perform other functions in support of agency programs and activities as requested. Minimum Education and Training: · Required: Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related field with at least one (1) year experience in counseling/direct service. · Preferred: Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor or Associate (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or Associate (LMFT) Licensed Psychological Associate or Psychologist. · Experience as required by funding sources. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: · Bilingual required · Capacity to develop effective working relationships with clients. · Active listening skills, service oriented, using critical thinking, logic and reasoning to facilitate and guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems. · Possess and develop a body of knowledge essential to carrying out the required tasks. · Knowledge of state laws and guidelines for counseling and child placing agencies. · Clear oral and written communication skills. · Exhibit professional demeanor in all interactions both intra and inter-agency. · Computer literate and the capacity to manage multiple tasks. Benefits: YES to YOUTH - MCYS offers a generous benefit package for full-time employees including: · Health insurance · Dental insurance · Vision insurance · Flexible Spending Account · Life insurance · Simple IRA matching · Paid Holidays · Paid time off · Sick Leave · Jury Duty Pay · Bereavement Leave · Mileage Reimbursements · On Call Stipend · Working alongside a great group of passionate people and so much more! YES to YOUTH - MCYS is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers and clients. We respect equality and inclusivity for all people and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or other marginalized identities. We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. All Staff Must: · Adhere to the Social Work Code of Ethics and maintain and protect client confidentiality. · Promote and demonstrate appropriate respect for cultural diversity among clients, co-workers and all work related contacts. · Pass employment checks which include criminal background checks, past employer and reference checks, drug screening, education and licensure verification and driving record checks. · Attend work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy. · Maintain valid Texas Driver’s License and Automobile Insurance. · Obtain and maintain current CPR and First Aid Certifications. · Present a negative TB test within 10 days of original hire date and as required by grants. · Maintain required training hours as per licensure and/or agency policies. Position Specifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · This job requires a high degree of mental effort due to considerable interruptions and/or frequent changes of activity or workloads during a typical day. · The regular working hours of this job are daytime hours with five days on (Monday-Friday) and two days off (Saturday and Sunday; however, actual working days/hours may vary according to program and client needs. Director of Counseling Services will determine weekly schedules. · Counselors will be required to travel in own vehicle to and from MCYS offices, seminars, trainings, schools, and various community functions. · Counselors will be required to occasionally be outside conducting activities with fellow employees and/or clients during special groups and/or events. · During the crisis intervention rotation, the Counselor will be required to be available 24- hours a day, carry an agency cell phone and respond to all crisis phone calls, walk-ins at the office or runaways at Juvenile Detention Center, and/or transport youth to safe locations. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; stand; climb stairs; sit; use hands to use or handle office tools and equipment, including telephone and computer; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus for work with computers and peripheral vision and depth perception for driving. Job Type: Full-time Pay: From $50,000.00 per year Benefits: 401(k) Dental insurance Flexible schedule Flexible spending account Health insurance Health savings account Life insurance Paid time off Professional development assistance Retirement plan Vision insurance Schedule: 8 hour shift Day shift Monday to Friday Education: Master's (Preferred) Experience: Child & family counseling: 1 year (Preferred) Language: Spanish (Preferred) License/Certification: LPC (Preferred) Work Location: In person

Job Title:    Residential Advisor Hours:        Full time or Part time BRIDGEWAY EMERGENCY YOUTH SHELTER PROGRAM: YES to YOUTH – MCYS BridgeWay Shelter is an Emergency Shelter designed to provide shelter, food, social activities, and clothing to young people ages 10-17. Our main goal is to provide safety to young boys and girls who may be new to the child welfare system and find themselves homeless. Youth may stay at BridgeWay up to 90 days or longer. Our shelter also offers a 21-Day Community Placement program that provides respite for families struggling with crises and are working through our Counseling program to resolve family conflict in positive ways. While at BridgeWay, youth have all of their physical and emotional needs met. They are given access to medical, vision, and dental care, and mental and behavioral health care. They are enrolled in school and encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, life skills education, part time jobs, and community service projects. We promote healing from trauma with our residents and we support our residents in their goals and attainment. Summary of Resident Advisor Position: To provide daily care and supervision, positive role-modeling, structure and support to the youth in the Emergency Shelter Program and ensuring their health, safety and well-being are protected. The Shelter schedule is set a month at a time, but the ideal candidate will be able to pick up additional shifts with short notice. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, and other duties may be assigned: •Maintaining a nurturing, therapeutic and safe environment by establishing a consistent daily routine, providing appropriate supervision at all times; monitoring environment and mass media (movies, TV, radio, written materials, and cell phone usage) for appropriate content. •Assigning and monitor completion of age appropriate chores, develop, plan and execute appropriate and enrichening activities to decrease boredom and restlessness, and request necessary supplies for special occasions and/or special activities. •Maintaining living areas in a good state of cleanliness and order, and maintain adequate supplies for cleaning. •Providing for the children’s physical needs by obtaining and helping children maintain clean, adequate, appropriate clothing and other personal items and by teaching children personal grooming habits and nutritional values. •Recognizing signs and symptoms of illness, by treating minor ailments and seeking appropriate guidance from the shelter supervisor. Filling prescriptions as needed; administering medications as prescribed by child’s physician as well as monitoring for side effects. •Submitting prompt, accurate documents such as serious incident reports, daily logs, accident reports, restraint reports, etc. •Assist residents with goals, daily living activities, and transporting children when necessary. •Guiding children and establishing a trusting relationship with mutual respect, by listening to children with compassion and concern, by using praise and encouragement for positive behavior and consequences (natural or imposed) for inappropriate behavior, and by providing support for a child when needed. •Inspiring each child through innovative techniques to achieve their maximum potential and develop inner strength, being a positive leader in the shelter, and display appropriate boundaries and role modeling of adult interactions. •Positively interacting with parents, caseworkers, teachers, therapists and other staff by recognizing that children need to feel they are a part of a family, peer group and the community and avoiding criticism of children’s families and friends. •Responsible for supervising and interacting with residents while maintaining appropriate boundaries, communication, consistency, flexibility and compassion. •Conduct drug testing as requested by Shelter Director. •Ability to work various shifts including nights and weekends. •Complete resident daily logs, record pertinent information, and staff the next shift workers. •Complete all training required by program management and DFPS licensing minimum standards such as; Trauma Informed Care, Recognizing and Reporting Child Sexual Abuse, Psychotropic Medication, Normalcy Training, and Sex Trafficking. •Perform other duties related to the job as assigned by Shelter Director. Minimum Education and Training: •High School Diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. •Formal professional experience working with at-risk youth required; experience working with youth in a residential setting preferred. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: •Ability to connect with youth while maintaining good boundaries and being a positive role model •Good oral and written communication skills. Performance Objectives: Obtain and maintain current on all training requirements (hours, CPR/1st Aid, Crisis Intervention, TB tst, driver’s license, car insurance, etc.). Receive a positive evaluation from peers/coworkers and youth 85% of the time by demonstrating implementation of competency based principles. This will be assessed at resident discharge and quarterly by peers. Salary: $15.00 – $17.00 per hour Benefits: YES to YOUTH MCYS offers a generous benefit package for full-time employees including: •Health insurance •Dental insurance •Vision insurance •Flexible Spending Account •Life insurance •Simple IRA matching •Paid Holidays •Paid time off •Sick Leave •Jury Duty Pay •Bereavement Leave •Mileage Reimbursements •On Call Stipend •Cell Phone Stipend •Working alongside a great group of passionate people and so much more! Job Type: Full-time or Part-time Typical Work Shift: 6 am to 2 pm 2 pm to 10 pm 10 pm to 6 am Schedule: •10 hour shift •Day shift •Holidays •Night shift •Overtime •Weekends YES to YOUTH MCYS is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers and clients. We respect equality and inclusivity for all people and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or other marginalized identities. We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. All Staff Must: •Adhere to the Agency Code of Conduct and maintain and protect client confidentiality. •Promote and demonstrate appropriate respect for cultural diversity among co-workers and all work related contacts. •Attend work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy. •Maintain valid Texas Driver’s License and Automobile Insurance. •Obtain and maintain current CPR and First Aid Certifications. •Maintain required training hours as per licensure and/or agency policies. Position Specifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job requires a high degree of mental and physical effort due to considerable interruptions and/or frequent changes of activity or workloads during a typical day. This position will require the employee to work a flexible schedule in order to meet the needs of the program. Work will be required on weekends and holidays. Actual work hours and working days will vary and be agreed upon with the Shelter Director. Generally, work takes places indoors, but at times, the employee will be asked to be outside participating and assisting with activities with youth and/or fellow employees. Travel is required during the normal workday. The employee will be required to drive a 15 passenger van in the course of his/her daily duty while transporting youth. The employee will also be required to travel in his/her own vehicle to and from YES to YOUTH – MCYS offices, seminars, and meetings. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently and regularly required to: Talk and hear. Walk; stand; climb stairs; sit; use hands to use or handle office tools and equipment, including telephone and computer; and reach with hands and arms. Stoop, kneel, bend, and/or crouch. Physically intervene in crisis situations with/between youth per YES to YOUTH – MCYS policies and procedures. Life and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Utilize specific vision abilities, including the ability to adjust focus for work with computers, peripheral vision and depth perception for driving. Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job description or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.

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