Lead Youth Care Worker (FT)

  • Job Tracking ID: 512394-648953
  • Job Location: Dousman, WI
  • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: September 14, 2018
  • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

Lad Lake is currently seeking compassionate, patient, and collaborative individuals to join our team! Responsibilities include working directly with behaviorally challenged at-risk youth providing general supervision, behavior management, recreation and teaching of daily living and social skills. These residents thrive off of positive interactions and engagement. We are always looking for people passionate about kids, with an ability to facilitate creative activities and opportunities for our residents.

Guiding Growth. It’s a mission, a philosophy we’re dedicated to at Lad Lake. One that provides a brighter future – from staff member to student – for everyone involved.


Assisting the Unit Manager in the supervision and training of Youth Care Workers in the designated living unit. Assisting Unit Manager in ensuring staffing, safety of residents, and physical conditions meet state and licensing regulations. Assisting Unit Manager with the overall behavior management for residents and working within the unit’s budget. Also assist the Unit Manager with reporting and documenting youth’s progress: attending court hearings, and serving as a contact person with families and community partners regarding clients.

Unit Responsibilities;

  1. Responsible for knowing, following, and implementing all DCF-52 (RCC), DCF 59 (Shelter Care) licensing regulations with a focus on client rights, unit staffing, safety, and overall physical conditions of the unit.
  2. Ensure Trauma Informed Care principles are modeled and practiced by staff members as a model for behavior management of the unit in collaboration with the Therapist, Unit Manager, and Out of Home Care Coordinator.
  3. Responsible to provide weekly activity schedules for staff to follow all non-school time with residents, and to make sure these activities are followed consistently.
  4. Responsible that all medication administration procedures are followed consistently during shift by staff members.
  5. Responsible that all reporting procedures are followed during shift by staff members. These include but are not limited to: accurate incident reporting, accurate status forms and appropriate internal and external communication and notification.
  6. Responsible that all Nonviolent Crisis Intervention practices are followed including the use of restraint or seclusion practices.
  7. Responsible to meet with Unit Manager weekly to ensure consistency in expectations and procedures.
  8. Responsible to facilitate consistent communication between staff on same shifts and to staff on other shifts. This includes but is not limited to: unit log entries, point sheet documentation, and verbal information sharing.
  9. Responsible for staff interactive supervision of residents at all times during shift.
  10. Responsible for other related duties as required and assigned

 Supervision Responsibilities;

  1. Responsible for assisting in the formation of a cohesive team that is consistent with policies, discipline, and recognition
  2. Maintaining a caring atmosphere within the team
  3. Seek and maintain a positive approach to treatment
  4. Assist in staff evaluation by providing feedback to the Unit Manager regarding the youth care staff.
  5. Assist the Unit Manager in training of the youth care workers by monitoring, educating, and role modeling appropriate youth care skills for the youth care workers.
  6. Promote positive team relations with all departments and programs at Lad Lake.
  7. Ensure our Trauma Informed Care philosophy is implemented and followed.

Responsibilities to Residents

  1. Attend evaluation conferences and take part in unit intakes and discharges as requested.
  2. Coordinate with the Therapists, Unit Manager, and Youth Care Workers the implementation of the resident’s treatment plan.
  3. Work with each resident to develop improved skills to help them be successful in their home community.
  4. Facilitate skill building groups for the residents.

Experience and Skills:

Education/Experience: Must meet one of the following qualifications: 1) A bachelors degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or a related field, or special education with certification for emotional disturbance or learning disabilities and experience which is specifically related to the client population being served. 2) Have at least two years experience in public or private institutional child care for the type of population being served. 

Must be certified through or pass Entry Level, Associate Level, or Professional Level CYC Certification Institute’s Youth Care Certification through Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP) within 3 months of being hired.

Skills: Ability to prioritize work; ability to coach staff effectively; strong critical thinking and analytical skills; and proficiency in interpersonal relations and communication with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the agency. Ability to interact and connect with youth to build relationships that will help them learn, grow, and succeed.

This is a driving required position.  All qualified applicants must possess a valid drivers license hold an acceptable driving record.