Resident Care Worker

Advent Group Ministries
 Aptos, CA

DEPARTMENT: Recovery Program




Regular hours worked: 40-54 per week


REPORTS TO: Program Supervisor


The purpose of the Resident Care Worker I is to: provide the overall child care and supervision for delinquent and chemically dependent youth in a residential treatment setting; provide the primary relationship for the opportunity of change in the youth; implement the treatment program as part of a team of other professionals; and maintain the environment to be a home-like place.


  • Directs, guides, cares for and supervises youth in their daily living and activity programs
  • Is aware of the whereabouts of each client at all times
  • Disciplines, enforces consequences, and confronts behavior as designed by the program
  • Provides the elements for a positive therapeutic relationship with each client; e.g., unconditional regard, empathy, genuineness, and respect
  • Implements individual treatment plans developed by the caseworker
  • Accounts for food, clothes, and other items necessary to the proper care of residents
  • Observes clients for medical and dental needs, and arranges for proper care and attention
  • Administers medication as prescribed under secure conditions according to the policies and procedures of the program
  • Administers urinalysis for drug testing as directed
  • Guides and motivates positive behavior
  • Provides limits on client behavior
  • Provides a safe and structured environment for the clients
  • Provides a planned, scheduled program of activities for an assigned case load of approximately six youth
  • Develops and implements constructive activity programs for unstructured time
  • Assists in carrying out programs of education, recreation, intramural sports, community service projects, and other activities
  • Trains and oversees youth in basic skills such as cleanliness, personal care, and grooming; and in social skills such as socially acceptable conduct, negotiation, problem-solving and refusal skills
  • Provides crisis intervention and emergency aid when warranted
  • Responds to emergencies, runaways, and disturbances as directed
  • Communicates, cooperates and coordinates with other facility staff regarding observations and conclusions resulting from work with youth
  • Participates in staff meetings, and in-service training sessions
  • Relieves staff on duty at times of staff changeover only after assuring that building and grounds are in acceptable condition, residents assigned are all present or properly accounted for and moneys are accounted for
  • Involves volunteers in program activities on a planned, regular basis, and maintains volunteer records
  • Maintains frequent and routine contacts with school personnel
  • Maintains contact with parents of assigned clients
  • Favorably and honestly represents the agency to visitors to the home (including placement agents, licensing workers, and supporters) and when in the community (on-duty)
  • Prepares progress evaluations and treatment summaries
  • Submits timely incident reports occurring during shift
  • Reports all cases of child abuse according to law
  • Transports clients in agency van as necessary
  • Insures the cleanliness, appearance, safety and maintenance of facility and surrounding grounds; reports all needed major repairs
  • Maintains agency and program policies

Age Limitation: Minimum age is 21 years.

Citizenship Requirement: Pursuant to the law, a person must be either a US citizen or be a permanent resident alien.

Felony Disqualification: Persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to be appointed to positions of this class.

Background Investigation: Pursuant to the law, persons shall be fingerprinted prior to work in a facility, and shall be subject to a background investigation by Community Care Licensing and the FBI. Persons who have previously been subjected to this in Advent will not undergo any further investigation of this type.

Medical Requirement: Persons shall undergo a medical examination to determine that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job safely and effectively.