Job Coach- Work to Learn
LOCATION: Bridgeport, CT
At Boys & Girls Village, we understand that children and families are the cornerstones of our society. Since 1942, it has been our mission to preserve and strengthen family bonds. As a leader in services for troubled youth and their families, we continually strive to develop a seamless continuum of care. Boys & Girls Village offers an array of services for children and their families. These services range from highly structured sub-acute services on campus to intensive intervention and care in the home and the community. Our broad range of programs and services are designed to work collaboratively with families, state and local agencies, and other community providers.
PURPOSE/FUNCTION OF PROGRAM:
The Work to Learn Program designed to approach the Work to Learn Model that recognizes eight main areas of need for young people ages 16-21. The program will serve young people from 16-18, who are committed to DCF custody, and age 19-21, committed or previously committed to DCF custody. The eight main areas the Work to Learn Program will focus on are: Permanence, Employment, Education, Personal/Community Engagement, Life Skills, Housing, Physical and Mental Health as well as Financial and Social Capital.
The Full Time Job Coach provides educational, vocational and employment preparedness services as outlined through the eight main areas identified in the Work to Learn Program. This position allows for seamless and smooth transition for young people educationally and vocationally within their community. The Job Coach helps to prepare young people for transition to the labor/work force and post-secondary education. The Job Coach provides the supports necessary to embed the basic soft and hard skills necessary to become successful citizens within their community and labor/work force.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides direct case management and support in goal achievement for a caseload equivalent of 16 full time youth
- Responsible for maintaining documentation, paperwork and record keeping in accordance with state, federal and BGV policies
- Develop, implement, and review service plans for each youth ensuring that the goals/objectives are reflected in daily activities
- Participate in the program’s planning, implementation, and ongoing review to encourage development growth
- Oversee all operations of the youth run business efforts by supporting youth efforts, providing supervision and training as needed
- Provide life skills assessment and training as well as job readiness and vocational training, in both individual and group settings
- Support and supervise youth efforts in establishing and maintaining an active youth board
- Manage referrals once assigned
- Be familiar with and implement all program policies and procedures
- Complete all required DCF and BGV trainings
- Support youth in obtaining services to meet educational, housing and employment services in the community
- Collaborate with community resources to provide clients with internships, training, and employment opportunities as well as volunteer and recreational opportunities
- Attends individual and group supervision
- Completes all necessary reporting to DCF and other licensing or regulatory agency as required
- Ensures Risk Management and DCF are notified of any allegations of abuse and/or neglect
- Participates as required in statewide initiatives, groups or meetings as related to program
- Regularly briefs Supervisor on the operation and fiscal variances in functions of programs.
- Create and maintain a clean, orderly work environment
- Carries out all additional assignments as directed
- Bachelor’s degree in education or a behavioral health related field such as social work, counseling, human services
- Previous experience working with children in a recreational, educational, residential or day program
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
- Familiarity with local community and its resources
- Bilingual (Spanish)
- Knowledge of cultural diversity and childhood development.
- Experience with vocational services
- Must be able to travel to a variety of settings
- Must be able to climb a flight of stairs
WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT:
- Flexible work schedule, some evenings and some weekends
- Ability to be available by phone during non-regular working hours
- Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
COME JOIN OUR TEAM!
Boys & Girls Village takes pride in the supportive, team-oriented work environment we offer to current and prospective employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability, a retirement plan and generous vacation benefits. In addition, it is our goal to assure that the highest quality of care is provided to our clients by our competent, committed employees. To that end, we encourage professional development through our tuition reimbursement program and promote continued growth through various learning opportunities.
Boys & Girls Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We accept resumes on an ongoing basis. Due to the large volume of resumes that we receive, we kindly ask that you do not inquire via telephone about the status of your resume. You can be assured that if you do not hear from us, your resume will be held on file for future consideration.
PLEASE NOTE:Due to the Department of Children & Families regulations, we are prohibited from hiring anyone with a pending charges or convictions of assault or a violent crime; risk of injury to a minor; impairing the morals of a child; physical or sexual abuse, possession; use or sale of a controlled substance; similar crimes.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.