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Boys Hope Girls Hope

Residential Counselor

Boys Hope Girls Hope
IL, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 12/18/2006
Categories: House Parent
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
The Residential Counselor I supports the Mission and Values of Boys Hope Girls Hope. The Residential
Counselor I is responsible for the operations of the home and creating a family-like atmosphere that supports the
development of the full child. The Residential Counselor I is part of a team of professionals and volunteers.
They perform their duties relatively free from direct supervision, acting at all times in a professional manner.
Major Responsibilities
I. Child Development
a. Know and follow Boys Hope Girls Hope program policies and procedures regarding the care and
development of scholars
b. Assume responsibility for scholars in residence, including daily decisions regarding health, safety,
and discipline
c. Responsible for physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and academic development of scholars living in
home in accordance with individual scholar service plans and Boys Hope Girls Hope program
II. Academics
a. Provide individual assistance and tutoring as needed.
b. Assist in college preparation of each scholar.
III. Household Management
a. Assure the home functions in accordance with Boys Hope Girls Hope program and local licensing
b. Ensure that maintenance needs are communicated for all program property
c. Perform tasks necessary to maintain a clean and safe environment, and for home to function
including cooking, cleaning, shopping, and driving
IV. Administrative and Record Keeping
a. Complete required documentation of activities in a timely and accurate fashion
b. Understand house budget, properly track and document all approved expenses
V. Community Relations
a. Role model for scholars positive relations with neighbors, community groups, schools, authorities,
peers and parents of scholars
Critical Criteria

Applicants must:
be at least 21 years of age
have a high school diploma, though some college is preferred
prior experience working with youth and/or be enrolled in a degree program in a related field
Posses a valid driver's license with a good driving record
State licensing agencies may have additional requirements.
The position requires the following competencies for success:
Able to communicate clearly and effectively with adolescents, their guardians or parents, co-workers
and supervisors and other audiences verbally and in writing
Be able to assist scholars in developing study and problem solving skills
The ability to develop appropriate relationships with different populations, including scholars and their
Sensitivity to different religious backgrounds, and cultures
The position requires the ability to perform household tasks like shopping, cooking, cleaning and minor property
care that may require bending, lifting and carrying. The position requires the ability to closely monitor the
whereabouts and activities of several pre-adolescent and adolescent children in a multi-story home, as well as
the ability to safely transport children in program vehicles. It may also require engaging in athletic, recreational
and/or camping activities with the scholars.
The position requires obtaining CPR, first aid, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention certification, and annual
participation in continuing education, satisfied through in-house programs offered by Boys Hope Girls Hope or
third party providers.
Working Conditions
This position is focused primarily upon serving the scholars of the program through advancing the mission of the
organization. The position may require living in the home in support of the goal of creating a family-like
atmosphere, and the development of positive, committed relationships. The position will have at least an annual
performance evaluation. While working within a home team schedule, staff will be required to be flexible with
regard to the 24 hour, seven day a week needs of the Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars.