Youth Specialist

Location: Redford, MI

Department: Residential Services

Type: Part Time to Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Methodist Children's Home Society is looking for dedicated Youth Specialists for our Residential Program. This position provides for the physical and psychological needs of emotionally disturbed youth and adolescent clients in our campus residential program. Our primary focus is children who have been subjected to physical, psychological, and sexual abuse or who have been severely neglected.

MCHS offers a wealth of benefits for our employees including: generous paid holidays & time off, a wonderful 80 acre campus, pension plan, and a dedication to growth & promotion from within. 


The shifts below must be filled without any conflict, no exceptions.

Part Time Weekend Shift (28.5 hours)

  • Thursday:                       12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Friday:                                                    6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday:                                              10:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • ​Sunday:                                                  8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Part Time Weekday Shift (28.5 hours)

  • Sunday - Tuesday:                             4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday:                                        3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thursday:                                           12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm       

Successful candidates will have a passion for working with highly emotionally disturbed and neglected children requiring a high level of understanding and patience, as well as being physically and emotionally able to interact with children and intervene during crisis situations when necessary

Specific duties include the following:

  1. Participate as a member of individual client treatment teams.
  2. Interact with our youth clients to provide care, establish and maintain a therapeutic adult/child relationship and provide a structured environment.
  3. Plan, participate, and engage adolescents in their treatment plan.
  4. Provide crisis intervention according to agency standards.
  5. Supervise family visits to home residences.
  6. Define and monitor the conduct of client behavioral routines.
  7. Transport clients as required using agency vehicles.
  8. Set limits and understand the needs of adolescents.

Required Education and Experience:

High school diploma or equivalent and proven ability to read and write English
1 - 3 years of experience working in human services with serious emotional disorder at-risk youth males between the ages of 7 – 17 preferred.

The Knowledge of:

  1. The behavior patterns of at-risk youth and methods of modifying behavior and motivating youth towards their goals.
  2. Group dynamics and sensitivity to individual members of the group.
  3. Basic independent living skills such as money management, home management and education planning.

The Skills and Ability to:

  1. Ability and willingness to learn new skills.
  2. Ability and willingness to operate in a team based environment.
  3. Ability to set priorities.
  4. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Ability to use web based computer programs and intermediate computer knowledge is a requirement of this position. 
  6. Must be able to stand, walk, and run as needed to continuously monitor and interact with children throughout. the agency’s 80 acre campus.
  7. Must be able to become certified in First Aid, AED/CPR, and CPI methods of crisis intervention.
  8. Must have a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
  9. Must be acceptable under the State of Michigan's Good Moral Character Statute.
  10. Must be at least 18 years old.
  11. Must be willing and able to work holidays and weekends or on short notice.

Driving Requirements

Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Methodist Children’s Home Society will review driving records of candidates as part of the interviewing phase of the selection process. Candidates that do not possess an acceptable driving record will be disqualified from this particular recruitment.

The starting pay for this position is $12.14 per hour.

A current resume and cover letter must be included as part of your online application.

Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V

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