Direct Care Aid, PRN

Job Description:
We invite you to join our team in New Braunfels to offer a healing environment for children and youth who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned. Individual treatment plans, a homelike environment and highly trained staff all help each child gain success. Many children come to us after multiple foster home placements — sometimes after as many as eight to twelve — and some arrive two years behind academically because their caregivers simply forgot to send them to school.

Our highly trained staff support our youth and ensure they receive the services they need. Because we are a facility that houses youth 24/7, we do require a flexible schedule (including days, nights, weekends, and holidays).

Desired Skills & Experience:

Required: High School Diploma or G.E.D. Certification, 6 months in Child Care Based Field
Preferred: 24 College Credits, Certification or Associates in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Psychology or Related Field, and 3+ Years in Child Care Based Field

General Valid State Drivers License, good driving record, ability to provide own transportation and proof of current automobile insurance
CPR / First Aid Certification
SAMA Certification (provided)
Must be 21 years of age per insurance standards
Professional: None

Physical Demands: Body mobility to stoop, kneel, bend, reach, walk and walk briskly in order to interact with and monitor children. Stamina to work long days and drive long distances. Ability to safely transport residents in Ranch vehicles, in 7 to 15 passenger vans. Moderate to heavy lifting to 60 pounds unassisted and up to 120 pounds or more with assistance.
Visual and Cognitive Demands: Must have ability to communicate both verbally and in writing. Must have ability to give and receive verbal and written instructions (with or without hearing aids). Must have ability to read fine print, sustained vision and peripheral vision (with or without glasses). Good communication skills
Environmental Demands: Environment requires dexterity to remain calm and adapt to fast paced and emotional environments consisting of children with moderate to severe emotional and psychological needs. Attend mandatory training and staff consultations as scheduled. Ensure compliance with all licensing regulations and contract requirements.
Work Environment: Home-like settings with varying moderate to high degrees of background noise. Light and ventilation are found in a typical home setting. Campuses are smoke-free. Maintain appropriate boundaries with residents at all times.
Possible Hazards: Possibility of exposure to blood borne pathogens exists if universal precautions are not followed. (Hepatitis B inoculation available per request) Possible injury when lifting or moving (child or objects) if employee fails to use proper body mechanics, or if proper techniques are not used when the use of SAMA Containment techniques are required
Required experience: Experience in Child Care or with Youth at Risk: 1 year