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Rite of Passage COACH COUNSELOR/YOUTH CARE WORKER in Jasper, Florida


POSITION SUMMARY:The primary responsibilities of a Coach Counselor are to provide safety and around-the-clock supervision of at-riskyouth. Coach Counselors provide for the physical, personal and health needs of each student through individualcounseling and behavioral/social/physical and educational skill development. Coach Counselor’s provide anatmosphere that is supportive of the needs of the students; monitor and document student behaviors and activities;and participate and assist with educational, social, athletic and recreational activities. Coach Counselors work incollaboration with other professional staff to establish and/or meet the goals of each student’s treatment plan. TheCoach Counselor is distinguished from Night Coach Counselor in that in this role, a Coach Counselor performsstandard level paraprofessional work in every aspect of the program operations. Typically reports to a Group leaderor higher authority and may vary by individual location. Operational supervision may be provided by a SeniorCoach Counselor.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:1. Adheres to the facility and daily schedule, ensures that the facility (unit, cottage, house, room, dorm, etc.) ison time for all elements and the students participate in all of the scheduled activities.2. Completes daily assignments as specified by the Senior Coach Counselor, Group Leader or higherauthority, including duties of a Night Coach Counselor.3. Ensures that program rules, norms, policies etc. are enforced and that the program is operated within allprogram requirements and regulatory guidelines.4. Conducts physical count of students within the assigned living area and/or assignment and records thecount on the student check sheet as required by site operations (every 5, 10, 15, etc. minutes).5. Follows suicide prevention monitoring as directed.6. Enters student information in the database in accordance with the position security level and operatingprocedures, if applicable. (Colorado facilities)7. Ensures there is adequate Group Living staff coverage before leaving shift.8. Completes daily assignments as specified by the Senior Coach, Group Leader and/or higher authority.Promotes a sense of community by teaching and modeling cooperation, respect, and responsibility in thegroup living environment; encouraging participants to interact with one another and creating opportunitiesfor them to do so.9. Observes behavior patterns of students in order to detect signs of depression, anger, and/or other emotionaland situational problems/issues and initiates proper program behavior management and interventiontechniques.10. Encourages and supports the students’ academic, vocation, athletic and treatment participation.11. Facilitates problem solving through active listening, guidance, and conflict mediation with staff andstudents.12. Personally provides consistent interactive supervision of the students (know where they are and what theyare doing at all times) is provided in usual, unusual and non-standard situations in various programelements such as:a. Living environment,b. Positive Skill Development Groups,c. School environment,d. Community service,e. Sporting programs,f. Extra-curricular activities,g. Student work programs,h. Student internships.13. Maintains thorough and accurate records, files, correspondence and statistics; completes necessarydocumentation (both hand-written and computer-based data entry) in a timely, accurate, complete andlegible manner. May include, but not limited to: notations in the shelter log, bed roster, incident reports,late arrivals, sign-in sheets, showers and laundry schedules, bed check logs and any other forms used or asdirected by the supervisor and site requirements.14. Resolves problems and mediates conflicts involving students encountered during assigned shift operations,determines appropriate solutions and/or seeks out assistance from other staff and higher authority.15. Communicates and applies policies, licensing requirements, and program elements to students. Reportsproblem areas, disciplinary action, behavior problems, safety violations etc. to supervisor, Senior CoachCounselor, Group Leader or higher authority.16. Observes and appropriately responds personally to incidents such as assaults on staff and/or students, runaway attempts, program disturbances, emergencies or other situations threatening the safety, health and/orwelfare of the facility, community, students and/or operations.17. Performs proper safe physical management techniques when situations require and completes reportingprocedures and documentation.18. Provides conflict de-escalation and mediation involving students, as needed.19. Ensures facility (unit, cottage, house, room, etc.) maintenance, safety and cleanliness meet health, andsafety codes.20. Ensures compliance with standards and security safeguards such as room checks; suicide watch protocols,Prison Rape Elimination Act Policies and Procedures, removal of dangerous items and student countresponsibilities.21. Acts as a positive role model: guiding students and facilitating appropriate behavior about daily livingskills, self-care, personal interaction, social relationships and constructive time management.22. Personally responsible to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with students and staff; responds tostudents and staff in a professional and courteous manner; observes and adheres to confidentialitystandards.23. Follows all policies and procedures regarding attendance, including punctuality and notification.24. Maintains and promotes the cooperative, harmonious, teamwork environment ROP strives to promotewithin the workplace; maintains and promotes an atmosphere of dignity and respect in line with thephilosophy and policies of Rite of Passage.25. Encouraged to participate in at least 50% of the daily physical activities required of the students.26. Ensures the highest standards are maintained to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct and toensure the program remains in compliance with agency licensing and Rite of Passage policies andprocedures.27. Assists with the correction of deficiencies and quality improvement efforts.28. Attends and participates in all required meetings.29. Commits to attending all training and staff development classes in order to ensure sufficient hours oftraining on an annual basis. Notifies supervisor if annual training hours are deficient.30. Other duties as assigned, verbally or in written form.

NOTE: An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all of the duties listed inthis position description on a daily basis but each duty as a minimum is considered essential duties. Conversely,minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:1. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.2. Must be at least 21 years of age.3. Must meet all state licensing requirements as required by specific site4. If required to operate a company vehicle during the course of employment, must meet the requirements tobe an eligible ROP driver. Must possess a current State Driver’s License and have an acceptable drivingrecord for the past three (3) years.5. Ability to pass a criminal background clearance check, drug screen, physical and TB test.6. Ability to utilize resources available to complete assigned projects.7. Ability to prepare written reports and correspondence.8. Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.9. Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing.10. Able to work in excess of 40 hours per week with the possibility of a varied schedule.11. Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality.12. Must have excellent organization and time management skills.13. Ability to build and maintain positive internal and external relationships.14. Ability to provide exemplary customer service to all employees and outside constituents.15. Ability to function independently and as a member of a team in a multi-task environment.16. Must be flexible and able to handle multiple priorities, with the ability to adjust to high pressure and rapidlychanging business conditions.17. Proficient in the use of computers and associated software.

Rite of Passage is a leading national provider of programs and opportunities for troubled and at-riskyouth from social services, welfare agencies and juvenile courts. For 35 years, we have developed andoperated a continuum of programs based on the needs of youth and our placing agencies. With anemphasis on evidence-based practices and positive skill development, combined with our supportiveand therapeutic approach, our organization is respected by industry experts as a highly effectivesolution for our youth. Since 1984, over 25,000 youths have entered and completed our programs. Riteof Passage has built its reputation on running life-changing educational treatment programs thatpositively contribute to the community.

Our employees are dedicated, passionate individuals that are committed to inspiring positive change inthe lives of youth. Becoming a member of the Rite of Passage team is more than just a job, it’s anopportunity to build a meaningful career with a company driven by its powerful mission to make adifference.




  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group



  • Peer Recognition: Inspired to perform well by the praise of coworkers

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)