Children's Residential Care Counselor I - Extra-Help
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: June 12, 2019
Make a difference in a child's life.
Join us at Valley of the Moon Children's Home!
This is an excellent opportunity to serve our community's youth and
work with some of Sonoma County's finest trauma informed youth
counselors. We are currently recruiting to fill multiple extra-help
Children's Residential Care CounselorIpositions.
About the Position
The Valley of the Moon Children's Center (VMCC) is a part of the
Human Services Departments' Family Youth & Children's
ServicesDivision. It provides temporary, emergency shelter care for
children ages newborn through 17 who have enteredcompassionate care
placementdue to abuse, abandonment, neglect, orresulting
fromparents/guardiansinability to care for them.
AChildren's Residential Care Counselor I carries out the mission of
the Department to providetrauma-informed care philosophies and
approachesin theday-to day operations of VMCC. This includes direct
supervision of youth, to ensure their safety and well-being,
bymonitoring program participation and setting limits as
appropriate. Other duties may include:
- Participating in team meetings to ensure critical information
about the progress of each youth is communicated to all
- Providing positive and nurturing experiences to children and
youth, while maintaining care and supervision
- Teaching, coaching and providing feedbackto youth in order
todevelop a self-regulationskill set
- Documenting youth participation in activities, as well astheir
strengths, challenges, behaviors, interactions and application of
- Building relationships with a variety of youth and their
caregivers as they transition out of VMCC; engaging caregivers in
The ideal candidate will possess:
- A strong youth development and experiential learning
- Experience in Trauma-Informed Care practices
- Multiple years' experience working in a children's/youthgroup
home, wilderness program/camp,or other environment, requiring
strong supervisory facilitation skills, interactivesupport, and
- The ability to develop positive connections with youth,and
role-model problem solving and conflict resolution practices
- Aptitude for monitoring and intervening in high risk behaviors,
handle crisis situations, andprovide consistency and behavioral
limits through relationship-based interventions
- Expertise in teaching and modeling theDepartment mission,
vision, values,and program character traits
PLEASE NOTE: VMCC operates 24 hoursa day, 7 daysa week, and the
ability to work evenings and weekend hours is required. Applicants
must be willing to undergo a thorough background investigation,
psychological evaluation, fingerprinting, criminal history, and a
medical and physical abilities examination prior to employment.
Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff.
Intermittent, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil
service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated
positions. In addition, they do not receive most regular employee
benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual
of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or
eligibility to take promotional examinations.Intermittent,
extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum
of 1,380 hours within any twelve month consecutive
period.Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements
may qualify for aCounty contribution toward medical coverage.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE
Education: Completion of sixty semester units at an accredited
college with at least nine semester units in child development,
sociology, behavioral and social psychology, social casework,
social welfare, counseling and guidance, child psychology or a
closely related field in behavioral science would provide an
opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Two
years of full-time experience in a position equivalent to the level
of Counselor I with Sonoma County may be substituted for thirty
semester units of coursework.
Experience: Experience as a group or youth counselor or other
experience related to working with children or youths would provide
an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate
level including special endorsements, as required by the State of
California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform
the essential job functions of the position.
Additional Requirements: Candidates certified for employment must
be willing to undergo and successfully complete an in-depth
background investigation, including a psychological evaluation,
finger printing, criminal history check and a medical
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of: sociology, behavioral and social psychology; social
casework, social welfare, counseling and guidance, child
development, behavioral and related sciences; relationship to
personality development, behavior patterns, motivation and group
and family dynamics; psychological, sociological, behavioral
cultural factors and child development as they relate to dealing
with dependent, abused or neglected children; typical child and
youth behavior patterns and methods of guidance, counseling and
modification of behavioral patterns.
Learns working knowledge of child care services; daily care and
nurturing of infants, young children and youth; personal hygiene,
grooming; the ability to teach hygiene techniques to children;
record keeping; departmental policy, regulations and functions;
first aid and CPR; child abuse reporting laws; recreational
activities for children and youth; food preparation and service.
The Valley of the Moon Children's Home uses a specific method of
interacting with children. Staff is expected to learn and use the
Ability to: effectively communicate orally and in writing, and to
listen actively; read and comprehend instructions and standards and
apply them to a variety of situations; make and record detailed
observations. Write descriptive narratives, including incident or
observation reports. Relate to a wide variety of individuals from
varied socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and
experiences. Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with
children and youths. Establish and maintain effective working
relationships with coworkers, supervisors, health and social
service providers, parents, volunteers, foster parents, guardians,
and family, law enforcement agencies, other County Departments and
Learns to guide, teach and supervise children and youths; apply
basic first aid; bathe, dress, feed and provide recreation where
appropriate for infants, children and youths; perform light
janitorial and maintenance tasks; direct groups of children and
youths during work, meal and leisure time activities; manage
aggressive behavior; restrain children for the safety and
protection of themselves and others. Supervise children while in a
school setting, working in collaboration with school staff to help
children achieve their current educational goals. Work different
shifts, weekends and holidays.
Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
- Your application information and your responses to the
supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration
throughout the entire selection process.
- You should list all employers and positions held within the
last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be
as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental
- You may include history beyond ten years if related to the
position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions
with one employer, list out each position separately.
- Failure to follow these instructions may impact your
competitiveness in this process or may result in
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more
detailed information about the application, examination, and
department selection processes.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE
The selection procedure will consist of the following
An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not
pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of
educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and
abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of
the minimum qualifications for this position.Candidates who possess
the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an
extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The
department may contact candidates from the employment list who
possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further
A background investigation is required prior to employment.
Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are
typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling
such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result
in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy.
Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a
physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the
duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a
conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which
the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job
letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening
Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org
. Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax
(707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and
appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job
bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the
first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may
close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of
qualified applications have been received. Applications received
after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously
providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is
afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment
Opportunity Policy for further information.
HR Analyst: JL
HR Technician: RR
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