CLASSIFICATION: ASSISTANT HOUSE LEADER
Class Code: 0470-17 Date Established: 03-07-77
Occupational Code: 3-2-1 Date of Last Revision: 06-14-04
BASIC PURPOSE: To assist in supervising the activities and operations of a secured cottage or dormitory for delinquent or emotionally disturbed youths to implement individualized treatment plans.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
∑ Supervises, trains, supports, evaluates, and reviews work performance of Youth Counselors to ensure compliance with unit and center policies and procedures.
∑ Conducts quarterly and annual performance evaluations of Youth Counselors and recommends personnel actions such as hiring and disciplinary measures.
∑ Observes house rules and advises staff of the course of action to be taken in the event that residents break the rules.
∑ Assists House Leader in the development and implementation of policies, including staffing requirements and behavior management problems.
∑ Meets with each new resident and explains house programs, policies, rules, regulations and procedures.
∑ Develops staff schedules and coordinates staff coverage.
∑ Chaperons field trips for the residents to various locations.
∑ May assist in developing and implementing treatment plans.
∑ Organizes and participates in group and individual counseling sessions and keeps records of residents' progress in treatment programs, structured activities and behavioral programs.
∑ Ensures the safety, security, and care of secured dormitory cottage residents as assigned.
Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job assignments in an adverse working environment involving a variety of unpredictable elements or hazards, including exposure to injuries or hazardous materials which result in partial disability.
ASSISTANT HOUSE LEADER
Physical Demands: Requires medium to heavy work, including continuous physical exertion such as frequent bending, lifting, or climbing.
Communication: Requires explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate courses of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.
Independent Action: Requires making a limited number of choices in selecting among alternative courses of action under supervisory guidance and in performing job functions according to a variety of prescribed policies or procedures.
Education: Bachelorís degree from a recognized college or university with at least four (4) courses, or twelve (12) credit hours in sociology, psychology, human services, behavioral science, social work, education or criminal justice. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Two years' experience as a Youth Counselor, one year of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: Must possess a valid driverís license.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Within the first six months must successfully complete an in-service training program approved by the Division of Personnel.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling. Knowledge of household management including food service, cleaning and ordering of necessary supplies. Knowledge of health and safety precautions. Ability to establish rapport and secure the cooperation of residents. Skill in interpreting and implementing policies and procedures of the institution. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other personnel. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.