DJS RESIDENT ADVISOR TRAINEE
|Department||DJS Western Region - State Operated Facilities|
|Date Opened||6/14/2019 11:59:00 PM|
|Filing Deadline||6/28/2019 11:59:00 PM|
|HR Analyst||Tim Michael|
LOCATION OF POSITION
Backbone Mountain Youth Center
124 Camp 4 Road
Swanton, MD 21562
Meadow Mountain Youth Center
234 Recovery Road
Grantsville, MD 21535
Savage Mountain Youth Center
164 Freedom Lane
Lonaconing, MD 21539
Green Ridge Youth Center
10700 15 Mile Creek Rd
Flintstone, MD 21530
*Applicants will be considered for the county or counties they check on their application under Employment Preferences.
Main Purpose of Job
A DJS Resident Advisor Trainee is the entry level of work providing supervision and guidance to youth residing in a facility operated by the Department of Juvenile Services by observing, interacting and assisting them with everyday life skills and advising them of appropriate alternative behaviors. Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.
Employees in this classification receive close supervision from a DJS Resident Advisor Supervisor or other designated administrator. Employees will be required to undergo training leading to certification by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission. The work of this class may require travel to various locations for youth appointments and activities, such as courts, local health departments and community service project sites. Employees are assigned to a regular shift but may be required to work other shifts, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.
Learns to escort groups of youth to and from daily activities at the facility and to supervise their conduct during movement and daily activities;
Learns to observe individual and group behaviors and to determine when intervention or guidance is needed by the youth under his/her care;
Learns to intervene in situations involving agitated or overwrought youth to prevent fights and to de-escalate potentially harmful behaviors,
Learns to suggest alternative ways of reacting to problems, and may be required to physically restrain youth;
Learns to promote an environment conducive to learning helpful alternative behaviors by encouraging communication among youth and staff, guiding and critiquing group discussions, offering advice at appropriate junctures and serving as a mentor and role model for resident youth;
Learns to monitor the behavior of youth and assist them in complying with daily and weekly schedules of attending classes, completing school assignments, sleeping, eating and performing personal hygiene tasks;
Learns to record behavior observations, prepare progress and incident reports on assigned youth for review by supervisors, and recommend behavioral sanctions;
Learns to inspect residence areas for safety, security and cleanliness;
Learns to assess inappropriate behaviors and recommend behavioral sanctions to supervisors;
Attends in-service training on topics, such as crisis prevention, suicide prevention, emergency medical treatments, and behavioral modification models to maintain knowledge of childcare needs, counseling methods and trends in the juvenile justice field and to obtain and maintain certification;
Learns to assess emergency and crisis situations, make appropriate contacts and referrals, and provide interim emergency medical and other assistance until specialized assistance is available;
May be assigned to a cottage or dormitory post at night; May accompany youth to community service activities outside the facility;
Performs other related duties.
When assigned to the Youth Centers:
Learns to function as a member of the treatment team for individual youth and provide input and information to the DJS Case Management Specialist for inclusion in monthly progress reviews;
Learns to implement, help to evaluate and recommend modifications to youth treatment plans;
Learns to facilitate daily behavioral modification meetings in the absence of the DJS Case Management Specialist.
Note: The above educational requirement is set by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission in accordance with the Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209, Annotated Code of Maryland.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.
U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status
Must be at least 21years of age
A thorough background check, including fingerprinting and drug testing
An oral interview, and
Physical and psychological examinations.
2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09.03, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.
Applicants must meet the selection standards required and successfully complete the training prescribed by the MPCTC; To be eligible for the training, candidates must: Provide evidence of being a U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien; Successfully complete both a background investigation and a physical examination; Successfully undergo a psychological evaluation. Once hired, Resident Advisors will be subject to being on-call 24 hours a day and therefore must have a telephone at their place of residence; Substance abuse testing; Once hired, Resident Advisors may be assigned duties that require the operation of a motor vehicle; Employee assigned these duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland; required to operate large vans for transportation of youth; Employees assigned these duties will be required to acquire a Class C Maryland driver’s license.
Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.
Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
1 James Day Drive
Cumberland, MD 21502
Attention: Tim Michael, Recruitment Unit
Fax #: 301-722-1642
Should additional information regarding the Recruitment be required, please contact the DJS Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org, include the Recruitment Title and Number that is located at the top of the bulletin. The resulting certified eligible list for this Recruitment may be used for similar positions in this other State of Maryland agencies. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the States diversity.
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