Youth Care Worker I - Weekdays - Second Shift

LifeWorks Austin, TX
LifeWorks is searching for a Youth Care Worker I who is looking for an opportunity to work in a rewarding and challenging residential environment with at-risk young adults. This position is responsible for providing care and services to youth living in a 24-hour residential facility. Services provided include monitoring, supervising, transporting, and meeting basic needs of youth in a way that positively supports their development as well as their individual goals. This position is at our EMERGENCY SHELTER.

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 3pm to 11pm

LifeWorks Emergency Shelter provides housing, case management and educational support for teenagers (ages 14-17) and older foster youth in emergency need of a safe place to stay. Strength-based services are provided on-site 24/7. The Emergency Shelter has the capacity to serve 20 youth and is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Youth stay weeks or months, depending on need, and are provided comprehensive case management services, with an emphasis on moving them towards stability. The Emergency Shelter works closely with other programs within LifeWorks and the community to provide youth the tools they need to reach self-sufficiency.

Our goal is the development of caring relationships with the young men and women who pass through our doors because it has the potential to make a positive difference in their futures. Our ideal candidate is compassionate, flexible, a good multi-tasker and communicator who is dependable and able to work alone or in a team.

We believe in teaching:

Social competence: The ability to establish and sustain positive caring relationships; to maintain a sense of humor; and to communicate compassion and empathy.

Resourcefulness: The ability to critically, creatively and reflectively make decisions; to seek help from others; and to recognize alternative ways to solve problems and resolve conflict.

Autonomy: The ability to act independently and exert some control over ones environment; to have a sense of ones identity; and to detach from others engaged in risky or dysfunctional behavior.

Sense of purpose: the ability to foresee a bright future for oneself; to be optimistic; and to aspire toward education and personal achievement.

We aim to foster & reinforce these trainings through:

Caring relationships that are trusting, compassionate and respectful.

High expectations that are explicitly communicated and adequately supported.

Meaningful opportunities for engaging in valued family, school and school and community and civic activities.


* Supervises clients within facility and ensures a safe environment is maintained by completing regular perimeter walks, room checks, facility/room searches, and ongoing visual checks of facility.

* Assists clients with their day-to-day needs including occasional meal preparation, assistance with case management activities, transportation, cleaning activities, and administers daily medications.

* Ensures facility cleanliness and maintenance is within licensing standards including light cleaning in common and staff areas as well as in the kitchen.

* Documents and maintains daily written records of client whereabouts and incidents and communicates information with team members while maintaining client confidentiality in accordance with state and federal laws.

* Transports clients and/or helps organize transportation arrangements for clients to a variety of outings including staff-led community-based activities.

* Consistently interacts with youth using LifeWorks' client-focused and strengths-based approaches. Includes supporting day to day activities of youth and relating to clients as they move toward their individual goals while maintaining professional boundaries.

* Manages emotional, physical, and verbally escalated situations by initiating de-escalation techniques as well as restraints utilizing Handle with Care techniques when necessary.



* Requires a high school diploma, GED or equivalent;

* Requires 1 year of related experience; or

* Equivalent combination of education and experience.

* May require some vocational training.

* Per DFPS requirements must be 21 or older.


* Bachelor's degree preferably in human services field and

* 2+ years related experience with at-risk youth.

* Bilingual English/Spanish.

* Microsoft Office proficiency.

* CPR certification.

Must be available to complete pre-employment drug screening, background checks and TB Test before start date.