Group Care Worker

    • Job Tracking ID: 512690-604542
    • Job Location: Auburn, NY
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 11, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: May 25, 2017
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Job Description:

JOB OBJECTIVE:Under the supervision of the Unit Manager and in cooperation with all residential and other agency personnel, a Group Care Worker will provide direct care and supervision to youth. This staff member will serve as a positive adult role model and will engage the youth in treatment activities. A Group Care Worker will execute approved program models by helping the youth acquire the skills and build the self-esteem necessary to achieve their treatment goals.


  • Properly employs all agency protocols and procedures in order to maintain an environment consistent with agency principles that are physically and emotionally safe
  • Utilizes approved supervision and behavior management strategies, including de-escalation techniques and approved methods of physical intervention
  • Implements and follows the program’s daily schedule including all program routines, groups, life skills attainment, and recreation activities
  • Learns, understands, and effectively implements each youth’s treatment plan and documents according to established procedures in order to recognize and respond to each youth’s trauma, triggers, and their behavioral effects
  • Utilizes appropriate physical, mental, and emotional boundaries in all situations
  • Provides and maintains proper supervision of youth at all times as per program protocol
  • Effectively communicates all necessary information to other staff and appropriate parties as per program protocol
  • Identifies and addresses negative, challenging, and/or inappropriate behaviors in a calm and rational manner that promotes safety and stability for the youth while developing youth accountability
  • Uses prompts, directives, and/or supervision to engage youth in expected appropriate behavior
  • Utilizes emotional awareness in order to eliminate negative self-behaviors that may affect the youth
  • Supervises visitation between youth and their family and/or guardian, as needed
  • Transports and/or transitions youth to and from appointments and activities as assigned
  • Dispenses medication as per program protocol
  • Completes all necessary communications, documentation, and logging as per program protocol
  • Reviews all emails, logs, and necessary documentation upon arrival at work
  • Consults with the Manager on Duty (MOD) and Treatment team as needed as per program protocol.
  • Provides staffing coverage as assigned.  Remains on-duty until properly relieved
  • Complies with rules and regulations governing access to Protected Health Information under HIPAA.  Access to Protected Health Information is limited to the extent required to perform responsibilities effectively and efficiently. No access will be permitted unnecessarily. The essential job functions as described, herein, dictate the level of access, use, and disclosure of confidential information
  • Participates in agency and other training opportunities as assigned and/or offered
  • Performs other duties as requested


  • Regular hours entail 40 hours per week
  • Must be available to work afternoons, evenings, weekends, and holidays, as assigned

Experience and Skills:

  • High School Diploma/GED required. Post-secondary education strongly preferred
  • Prior work experience with youth preferred
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License required
  • Ability to clearly communication both in writing and verbally
  • Willingness to follow directions and adhere to program plans and routines
  • Ability to maintain and uphold professional boundaries
  • Ability to handle confidential material in a responsible manner
  • Ability to work effectively and patiently with others in difficult and/or stressful situations



  • Drive and operate a motor vehicle with passengers for at least four consecutive hours
  • Participate in physical activities with the youths including running, jumping, bending, and twisting
  • Stand/walk for at a minimum 6 hours on a 8 hour shift and 10 hours on a 12 hour shift
  • Walk up and down stairs repeatedly
  • Secure and hold a struggling person


As a full time benefits position, staff is eligible to enroll in medical, dental, vision, FSA, supplemental life insurance, critical illness, enhanced short-term disability, and pension benefits.