This position is eligible for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds which includes a one-time $750.00 sign-on bonus payable after the completion of 90 days of employment as well as a monthly stipend of up to $694.50 which is based upon the hours worked in the previous month. These funds are guaranteed through June 30, 2023.
At Child & Family, we hold two core beliefs. That individuals and communities thrive when supported by strong families and that a community works best when it accepts responsibility for all of its members. These beliefs influence everything we do and have guided our growth since we first opened our doors in 1866.
The Residential Counselor provides appropriate role modeling in a trauma-informed therapeutic environment that promotes the physical, mental and behavioral health of each resident and assists residents in developing life skills. The Residential Counselor works as a part of a collaborative trauma informed therapeutic team, establishing open communications and support among co-workers. The team is comprised of clinical and non-clinical staff in the residential program. The Residential Counselor is directly responsible for the supervision of clients and the coordination and execution of their day-to-day activities and treatment plans as directed. The Residential Counselor is directly accountable to the Program Manager who provides supervision and training. Due to the nature of the work and client needs, the Residential Counselor is considered a “direct care position.”
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Hours: 40 per week
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Responsibilities and Duties
- Responsible for the overall care of the residents; i.e. health and hygiene, education and social/emotional well-being while on duty or otherwise with clients in any off-shift or volunteer capacity
- Cultivate a trauma-informed environment by: understanding the short and long-term impacts of trauma and neglect; responding to the residents and their family/caretakers with empathy, sensitivity, and respect and; maintaining trauma-sensitive language and approaches in all interactions.
- Collaborate in a consistent manner, as a member of the therapeutic staff team in exercising responsibilities and in such a way as to reinforce the residential philosophy and program protocols.
- Supervise the interactions and activities of residents. Actively engage in day-to-day structured and unstructured recreational activities and life skill development and maintenance.
- Implement both agency and individualized behavior management practices utilizing appropriate trauma-sensitive techniques to monitor, assess and document situations and client status.
- Implement crisis intervention techniques in accordance with policy, procedure and agency training and ensure that non-violent physical interventions are implemented only in the event that a client is an immediate risk to self or others.
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, health, human services, education, psychology or related field, + 3 months of human service experience, particularly with children and/or adolescents or
- Associates degree or 2 years of equivalent college experience + 6 months of human service experience, particularly with children and/or adolescents, or
- High School diploma + 12 months of human service experience, particularly with children and/or adolescents
- Must be at least 21 years old
- Must meet the following driving standards:
- Must hold a valid driver’s license for at least 3 years.
- Does not have more than two (2) moving violations in the last three (3) years
- Does not have more than one (1) at fault accident in the last three (3) years
- Does not have any Serious Violation in the last three years
Benefits and Perks
All full-time and part-time employees are considered benefit eligible and are eligible for all Agency benefits. Temporary employees are considered not benefit eligible and are only eligible for paid time off under the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act.
- 12 holidays, 2-4 weeks vacation, 12 sick days, and 1 personal day
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI
- Fully funded Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) through London Health
- Delta Dental of RI
- VSP vision insurance
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA): dependent care and health care through London Health
- Agency paid for New York Life/Cigna life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability
- Supplemental AFLAC insurance
- 401(k) plan: traditional and Roth deferrals, company contribution after 1 year
- Coastline EAP
- Tuition Assistance Program
- Employee Referral Bonus Program - $2,000 per hired referral
- Discounted childcare available at Middletown building
- Discounted cell phone discount through Verizon Wireless
- Discounted pet insurance through Nationwide Insurance
- Discounted YMCA membership
- Discounted BJ's membership
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligible
- RI DOH license and bilingual salary stipends
- Shift differential for night shifts
- Direct deposit and employee self-services through Paycom
Offers of Employment
All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful and favorable completion of:
- Rhode Island Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI)
- National fingerprint check
- Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS)
- Tuberculosis test
- COVID-19 vaccination
- For positions that require driving to/from client meetings and/or driving clients:
- Valid drivers license
- Motor vehicle record
- Vehicle registration
- Proof of insurance
- For positions within our Sandpipers program as required by the Rhode Island Department of Health:
- 1 dose of Flu vaccine every year
- 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine
- 1 dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine
- 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
Equal Employment Opportunity
Child & Family will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation), marital status, parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or any other protected category under local, state or federal law. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring, performance evaluation and management systems, promotions, training, and career development programs. Consistent with these obligations, the Agency also provides reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, and practices.
Child & Family strives to achieve a workforce that includes representation of qualified affirmative action group members in proportion to the qualified and available target group workforce in the community that we serve.