Resident Assistant (foster caregiver) --*Free room/board and monthly Stipend
$1,000 - $1,300 monthly
McKinney, TX, USA
Direction 61:3 / Oak Creek Place
Direction 61:3 is a Christian non-profit that provides housing and supportive services to older foster youth and youth transitioning out of foster care. We currently have two homes located in McKinney, Texas geared towards girls transitioning from foster care (ages 16-22). One of the home is for pregnant and the other home for non-pregnant teens. We have a desire to open a home for young men in the near future. We are currenting hiring for live-in Residential Staff (house parents) who have a heart for foster youth and will serve as part of our team. Position is responsible for the daily supervision of residents and is compensated with free room/board and a monthly stipend. Any questions or interest in the RA position should be directed to Kristin Mycke, LCSW at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Title: Residential Assistant (RA) (Non-exempt) Couple or single woman only
Reports to: Director of Programming
Compensation: Monthly stipend and private room/bath provided ($1000-$1200/ monthly) based on number of beds filled
Schedule: Reside in the home and provide supervision for 3-4 foster youth ages 16-22. Relief staff will provide days off during week and monthly weekend off. Holidays and extra days off will be based on availability of respite staff.
General Purpose: Responsible for supervision in the transition home including assisting with matters pertaining to meals, cleaning, documentation, minor maintenance, general life skills and for providing an environment of teamwork, guidance and grace-filled relationships. Position is heavily supported by program staff and relief staff.
Provides direct support and guidance to residents living in the home while being aware of the physical, emotional, academic and vocational needs of all residents and
a) Helps provide a loving environment through the therapeutic approach that stimulates a balance of independence and teamwork, as well as building self-confidence, and problem solving skills.
b) Supervises living activities to ensure resident safety. Resident level of care will determine how much independent time each girl has and will be determined by treatment team.
c) Provides transportation to and from goal-related activities, including jobs, school, appointments (only when requested by Director of Programming) A majority of transportation will be provided by volunteers. It is the goal of the program that older residents problem solve and are able to figure out their own transportation options.
d) Provides individualized and group life skills on-site, such as preparing meals together, minor home maintenance, proper cleaning techniques, large appliance use, and disaster preparedness (this is done in a natural, living together approach). For the most part, formal classroom setting will be facilitated by Program staff.
Utilizes the therapeutic approach to help young adults learn effective problem solving skills and daily living skills
a) Facilitate environments that encourage young adults to practice resolving problems as a simulated family unit with respect and grace
b) Recognize that residents will present with a variety of past abuse histories, and current behavioral issues, and respond with support and care at all levels of service.
c) Provide opportunities to set individual and group goals as a household.
d) Develop a simulated family unit culture in which each member plays an active role in providing constructive feedback to each other.
e) Facilitate discussions that encourages young adults to take part of including group activities.
f) Provides continual recognition of youth’s strengths and gradual success.
g) Performs service delivery from Trauma Informed Approach, and Strengths Based Perspective
Communicates regularly with the Placement Agency and Program Manager to address the concerns and needs of the residents
a) Participates as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team.
c) Documents resident updates, concerns and incidents throughout shift via email and staff notes and reports to Program Manager and Placement Agency significant activities in the house
d) Understand each resident’s vital information and Independent Living Plan goals and provides an environment that helps the resident achieve success with their goals and objectives through each phase of the program.
e) Understand importance of boundaries and ability to balance interaction with program residents with the need to remain separate and adhere to home safety requirements including locking room, keeping personal items separate, and understanding nature of the residents that we work with.
f) Administer medications and keeps medication log and medical forms updated and orderly.
g) Responsible for making sure home meets licensing guidelines including proper storage of medications, chemicals, cleaning supplies, etc. This will be part of training and on-going support.
Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements: ● High school diploma or GED.
Associate's degree or coursework with an emphasis on Christian Ministry or closely related field of studies strongly preferred. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Age 25 or older
Minimum of one year’s experience working with at-risk adolescents or similar ministry work
Current valid Texas driver’s license and insurance.
Submit to a criminal background check.
Currently licensed or willingness to be licensed by foster agency
Personal relationship with Jesus Christ and evidence of Christlike lifestyle
Effective communication skills, both oral and written. Effective organizational skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public. Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision.
CPR Certification must be current or obtained
Complete the training topics each year as required by program standards.
Creates and maintains a high performance environment characterized by positive leadership and a strong team orientation.
Reports immediately any suspected child abuse/neglect of a child.
Minimum Physical Requirements: ● Job requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping and light lifting. Working Conditions:
Exposure to residents who may have high behavioral needs which could lead to physical and verbal aggression. Possible exposure to the hazards of a home environment, related to household activities, cleaning agents, and food preparation. Exposure to illnesses and blood is a possibility.