Children's Residential Care Counselor I - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Apr 29, 2019
Variable Shift Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $21.62 - $26.28 Hourly

Job Description

Position Information

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 teammembers
  • 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 therapeutic skills
  • Building relationships with a variety of youth and their caregivers as they transition out of VMCC; engaging caregivers in therapeutic activities
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • A strong youth development and experiential learning background
  • 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 coaching
  • 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 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.

Minimum Qualifications

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 examination.

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 prescribed method.

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 the public.

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 questions.
  • 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 disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

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 consideration.

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.


Applications are accepted on-line at . 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