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Evart Youth Academy Safety amp; Security Specialist in Evart, Michigan

I. Position Concept: This direct care position supervises a group of 7-10 youth through activities during waking and non-waking hours. While unobtrusively providing external controls necessary to ensure safety and security, Safety and Security Specialists guide and teach youth the internal controls needed to live responsibly when and where external controls are relaxed. The successful Safety and Security Specialist will alternately adopt and blend the roles of educator, activity therapist, and the group leader during a typical working day, and will regularly demonstrate, through consistent behavior, a belief that under the right guidance, youth are the best architects and instruments of their own change.II. Essential Functions:bull; Supervise the activities of a group of youths, maintaining knowledge of the whereabouts of all group members. Comply with published procedures on movement, physical security, contraband, headcounts, and reporting.bull; Provide a safe, secure environment through the use of group counseling techniques, individual relationships, ldquo;positive disciplinerdquo; techniques, and the use of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques as needed.bull; Represent each youth's problems, needs, and accomplishments to the treatment team, or provides progress reports to the counselor representative on the treatment team.bull; Call and/or conduct ldquo;huddle-upsrdquo;, problem-solving group meetings, and daily reviews with the assigned group of youths, providing prompts and interventions to ensure that youth are helping each other and are recognized for their efforts.bull; Assist classroom teachers in the delivery of subject matter and transfer of class content and study practices to the living units.bull; Assist and promote activity planning and completion by the assigned group of youths. Ensure that planning, doing, and evaluating are part of the daily routine for each group and that activities or opportunities for individual recognition are created and used to treatment advantage.bull; Document daily shift occurrences and frequent population counts as required by local and corporate policy. Make referrals for special needs or medical evaluation, and brief oncoming shifts on events of the past shift.III. Other Duties Include, But Not Limited To:bull; Participate in training and development activities as required by the state guidelines.bull; Report any acts, incidents, or conditions that reflect the possibility of inappropriate youth-to-youth or staff-to-youth relationships.bull; Report any use of physical force and all unusual incidents per YOI policy and state guidelines.bull; Perform other duties as assigned.bull; May oversee in the self-administration of medications required by youth in care pursuant to YOI policy on Medication Administration and appropriate training.Education Experience:A. Education ndash; Two years of college coursework in social or human service field preferred. High school diploma or equivalent required.B. Experience ndash; For incumbents with a high school diploma or equivalent, two years' workExperience working with youth preferred.C. Skills ndash; Verbal skills to relate effectively with youth on an adult level, without patronizing, are required. Group counseling and leadership skills are required. Good analytical skills and the ability to distinguish between cause and effect and opinion and fact are also required, as is the capacity to think and act independently. Certification in First Aid, CPR, and appropriate crisis intervention methods must be obtained during the probationary period. Proficiency in group work must be demonstrated during the p

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