Are you an advocate for the abused and exploited?
As a Direct Care Staff with U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking's Florida Safe Home, you would be responsible for engaging directly with domestic minor sex trafficked male victims, ages 10-17, de-escalating and redirecting youth to support their positive development, and communicating with other staff about their progress and needs.
Minimum Qualifications :
- Ability to work at least two days/nights a week and be available for on-call rotation
- At least one year of experience working with youth and sensitivity to the needs of sexually exploited youth.
- Experience working with emotionally troubled youth, preferably in foster care setting
- High School Diploma or GED
- Eligible to work in US
- Preferred work experience dealing with some, or all, of the following: mental health related issues, complex trauma, substance abuse, court involved youth, domestic violence, child welfare related issues and crisis intervention techniques.
- Proven ability to facilitate small groups and workshops.
- Valid Florida Driver’s License and Proof of Auto Insurance
- Preferred residential care experience
- Preferred associates degree and 2+ years’ experience working with youth/adolescents
- Certified in Child/Adult CPR and First Aid
Do you have a passion for cultivating an environment of positive growth and development?
Working as Direct Care for USIAHT, you would be working in a 5 bed home, engaging with adolescents on a personal level, modeling appropriate behaviors, guiding youth in life skills, and otherwise providing trauma-informed care. By building relationships and trust with these traumatized and disenfranchised young boys, you can help them gain a sense of normalcy in their current situation, and play a major part in helping them overcome what has happened in their past, and instead, look to the future for new opportunities and possibilities.
We believe in meeting these youth where they're at and stressing the importance of rewarding the daily "wins", like refraining from bad behaviors and talking through issues, instead of just reacting. Our mission is to show these youth the love of Jesus Christ through our actions, without trying to force a religion onto them. It is a blessing to see our youth implement self-control and make positive strides towards improving their life, accomplishing goals, and overcoming the abuse and exploitation in their past, and this is only possible with compassionate, flexible staff who can work with kids even through the difficult moments.
Some other key responsibilities of a Direct Care Staff are to:
- Provide mediation and conflict resolution as appropriate, to address all conflict and safety concerns
- Ensure safety of residents and promote confidentiality
- Manage youth’s medication, as prescribed by a licensed physician, and monitor their self-administration of that medication
- Help residents to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior, thus developing their understanding of self and personal problems
- Establish a safe, dignified, orderly atmosphere by enforcing program policies and procedures
- Serve as a role model- guiding and empowering residents and facilitating appropriate behavior around daily living skills, self-care, personal interaction, social relationships and constructive time management
- Use client notes to record notes of resident’s activities and maintain resident’s records, communicating with managers regularly about items of note
- Participate in safe home staff meetings and conference calls, as requested
- Respond to crisis as needed and respond appropriately to emergencies including contacting appropriate personnel and filling out incident reports
- Having on-call availability on some weekends and evenings for crisis intervention, if needed
- Promote the cooperative, harmonious, and professional environment USIAHT strives to maintain within the workplace
Effective performance in this position would include:
- Not only monitoring, but regularly engaging with the youth, to include them in activities and foster introspection and growth
- Communicating with other Direct Care Staff and Residential Services Manager regularly, especially at beginning and end of shift, to relay the status and needs of the youth and to ensure trauma informed care is being administered
- De-escalating conflict or tense situations, redirecting youth to healthy solutions, and promoting a positive environment
We provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law, within the values of our Christian Statement of Faith.
The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking intends to end Human Trafficking in the United States through prevention, the rescue of victims, combating demand and providing safe refuge for the restoration of survivors. We are a nonprofit, faith-based organization anointed by God to fight against human trafficking in America with truth and integrity, showing the love of Jesus Christ to all involved.
Role: Direct Care Staff
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