CAREER AND VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST –
Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP)
FLSA Status: Exempt/Full-time
Reports to: Director of Suburban County Programs
Job Location: Doylestown, PA (BUCKS COUNTY LOCATION)
Responsible for the coordination and supervision of services provided to foster.
The Career and Vocations Specialist (CV Specialist) is responsible for educating foster youth involved with Bucks County Children & Youth about future college and vocational opportunities. Will work in collaboration with the Adolescent Initiative Program Director. Work closely with both the AIP supervisor and BCC&Y to develop and maintain a vocational exploration program for youth in the foster care system. Develop system for assessing youth about college and vocational needs. Provide youth with career awareness and career exploration information and activities. Counsel youth to assist with future decision making about college/technical/training programs. Provide/coordinate support and resources for youth to secure jobs/training. Maintain computer system and files and training materials related to the development and maintenance of the mentoring program. Meet weekly with AIP supervisor to review caseload, program updates and address any ongoing program issues. Attend monthly Bucks County Children & Youth case reviews. Co-ordinate with all involved workers/providers and participation in the Youth Advisory meetings including providing transportation when needed.
- Bachelor’s degree in human services, counseling or relevant work experience.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Some supervisory/training skills preferred
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Aid the family in their ability to be self-sufficient by teaching such skills as home maintenance, life management, budgeting, and employment.
- Facilitate family identification of the stressors overwhelming them from without and within the family system and identify/apply the means to decrease stressors.
- Facilitate an increase in the parents’ ability to develop appropriate limits without the use of corporal punishment.
- Increase the parents’ ability to establish clear roles.
- Facilitate the development and/or enhancement of decision making and communication skills in the identified family.
- Facilitate and increase parents’ ability to provide their children with access to medical/dental care.
- Facilitate an increase in parental involvement in and understanding of the children’s
- Teach the family to locate and access community resources.
- Teach the family anger management techniques.
- Help family to develop and implement a periodic recreation plan.
- Teach the family the skills to identify and adapt to their childs developmental needs.
- Facilitate the family in setting up child safety mechanisms in the household and
- Model family effective communication skills through use of regular family meetings.
- Teach the parents how to have clear discussions about sexuality issues, including sex education, sexual awareness, STIs and abstinence.
Interested candidates should send a resume with letter of interest to: Sheila Brown, Human Resources Generalist at firstname.lastname@example.org.