Resident Counselor for The Nest

Advent Group Ministries
 Freedom, CA



Regular hours worked: 10 to 40 per week


REPORTS TO: Program Supervisor


The purpose of the Resident Counselor is to provide the front-line supervision, protectionand care of Commercial Sexually Exploited girls individually and in groups at all times;provide the primary relationship for the opportunity of change in the youth; implement thetreatment program as part of a team of other professionals; and maintain the environment to bea therapeutic and home-like place.


  • Provide supervision and aid for the students in the school program. and any neededdisciplinary interventions.
  • Supervises and cares for clients, which includes the following duties:
  • Oversees clients in dressing, grooming, bathing and other personal hygiene
  • Assists clients with taking medication, and stores and distributes medicationaccording to regulations
  • Observes clients for medical and dental needs, and arranges and assists withmedical and dental care
  • Maintains house rules for the protection of clients
  • Supervises client schedules and activities
  • Maintains and/or supervises client cash resources and property
  • Monitors food intake and special diets
  • Assists each girl in working with a group and in handling individual problems
  • Administers discipline and setting of limits for behavior
  • Documents all individual progress
  • Identifies the possible need for professional service and communicates such findingsto professional staff
  • As a role model and trainer to clients, cooks and teaches cooking; cleans and teachescleaning; launders and teaches laundering; maintains and teaches maintenance of ahome; and in being a member of a household and working with others,
  • Trains and oversees youth in basic skills such as socially acceptable conduct,negotiation, problem-solving and refusal skills
  • Trains and oversees youth in basic skills such as cleanliness, personal care, andgrooming; and in social skills such as socially acceptable conduct, negotiation, problemsolvingand refusal skills
  • Is aware of the whereabouts of each client at all times
  • Provides the elements for a positive therapeutic relationship with each client; e.g.,unconditional regard, empathy, genuineness, and respect
  • Guides and motivates positive behavior
  • Provides a safe and structured environment for the clients
  • Assist clients in participating in age-appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, and social activities, usingthe reasonable and prudent parent standard in determining whether to give permission to participate;consult with the Case Manager in applying and using the reasonable and prudent parent standard.
  • In accordance with the reasonable and prudent parent standard, provides a planned, scheduled programof activities
  • Also in accordance with the reasonable and prudent parent standard develops and implementsconstructive activity programs for unstructured time
  • Assists in carrying out programs of education, recreation, intramural sports, community service projects,and other activities in accordance with the reasonable and prudent parent standard
  • 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 andconclusions resulting from work with youth
  • 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 own vehicle as necessary
  • Ensures the cleanliness, appearance, safety and maintenance of facility and surrounding grounds;reports all needed major repairs
  • Reports facility emergencies (plumbing, electrical, and others) to insure safety and health. Reports to theProgram Director all major repairs needed, along with any known causal factors
  • Maintains cooperative working relationships with agency staff outside the treatment team.
  • Maintains agency and program policies.Administers urinalysis for drug testing as directed
  • Relieves staff on duty only after assuring that building and grounds are in acceptable condition andclients assigned are all present or properly accounted for
  • Involves volunteers in program activities on a planned, regular basis; and maintains appropriatevolunteer records
  • Implements treatment interventions as assigned by the Case Manager and the Treatment Plan
  • Implements changes in methods and procedures as directed by the Program Director within theprogram; and makes recommendations to the Director on policy or procedural changes which may haveapplication at the facility
  • Communicates and coordinates with other staff regarding observations, impressions, and behavior ofclients
  • Reviews client grievances, resolves those she can and reports to the Program Director
  • Participates in staff meetings, workshops, conferences, and seminars required by the agency
  • Implements discharges as indicated by Case Manager as approved by the Program Director
  • Assists in coordinating placements into the home
  • The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of thejob described

Age Limitation: Minimum age is 21 years.

Citizenship Requirement: Pursuant to the law, a person must be either a U.S. citizen or be a permanentresident alien.

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

Background Investigation: Pursuant to the law, persons shall be fingerprinted prior to work in a facility, andshall be subject to a background investigation by Community Care Licensing and the FBI. Persons who havepreviously 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 performthe essential functions of the job safely and effectively.