Boys & Girls Aid
  • 31-Mar-2021 to 30-Apr-2021 (PST)
  • Nest Program
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $16.56-18.20 plus 1.00/hr shift differential
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Life/AD&D, Flexible Time Off (FTO), Health Pay, Holiday Pay, 403(b) Retirement Plan

All cultures, races, disabilities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome at Boys & Girls Aid.

The Nest program offers around the clock professional support tailored to meet the foster family and child's needs and help both the parents and child succeed. Each child is assisted by staff with daily living skills, weekly therapy and permanency preparation activities. This program requires flexibility, patience, and experience, but the rewards are outstanding. The Nest serves boys and girls from 0 to 9.


The Youth Care Specialist provides overall physical care, daily living activities, and supervision of youth in Stabilization Homes for each assigned shift. This position requires an effective communicator who can interact with internal and external customers in a calm and assertive manner while performing care for the youth in accordance to Agency policies and procedures.


  • Conducts daily activities for youth based on developmental age and capability when children are not in Day programming.
  • Performs behavior-shaping interventions, facilitates appropriate communications, models suitable problem solving and conflict resolution skills while providing care and supervision of youth; helps youth adhere to hours rule and specified standards of conduct while assuring appropriate youth interactions and interceding as necessary.
  • Keeps accurate records of daily activities and services provided in accordance with quality assurance and state licensing standards.
  • Presents individual and group activities based on individual service plans and curriculum for assigned age group of youth.
  • Notifies Therapeutic Care Coordinator and/or The Nest Program Director for Stabilization Homes of reportable incidents or notable events.
  • Provides timely and accurate distribution and documentation of prescription medications to youth.
  • Coordinates, schedules, and transports youth in personal car or Agency van from foster homes to medical, dental, and other necessary appointments or events during programming hours when needed.
  • Conducts nonviolent crisis interventions (NVCI)
  • Maintains consistency with Nest program and Agency rules, routines and policies.
  • Communicates clearly and respectfully with other staff, youth, family members, foster parents, and outside community partners.
  • Participates in provided training, support, and communication with other program employees.
  • Joins routinely in and interacts with youth during physical activities playing on outdoor equipment (e.g., slides, swing sets) and games like basketball, kickball, soccer, etc.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by The Nest Stabilization Home Program Director

REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES (Including Licenses and/or Certifications)

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field plus two (2) to three (3) years of experience in a social service, mental health, or care giving setting that may have resulted from work, internships, or volunteering.
  • Provide official grade transcripts, including the education level
  • Must maintain First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Must successfully complete NVCI training


  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communications skills, including ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement contractor requirements as they pertain to the program and how program fits in the Agency.
  • Engages with all internal and external customers with tact and empathy.
  • Ability to handle difficult people or situations in a courteous manner.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks with competing timelines for multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to use computers, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint), etc.
  • Requires the ability to drive an eight (8) passenger van.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and physical ability to perform assigned tasks.


  • Must possess a valid driver's license from state of residence (Oregon or Washington), personal automobile liability insurance, and pass a DMV driving record check.
  • Must meet the driving requirements under the Agency Safe Driving Policy and maintain a good driving record that is eligible for coverage by the agency's current insurance provider.
  • Requires the use of a personal vehicle for transporting clients. May transport up three (3) youth unaided.
  • May work outside or transport clients under a variety of conditions.
  • Stand, climb stairs, walk, bend, stoop, and sit with young children and in front of a computer screen on a consistent basis; must be able to keyboard and use wrists and hands.
  • May lift or carry up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis.
  • Will work with children involved in the Child Welfare system; may encounter highly anxious/agitated youth and their families; interactions with young children are unpredictable and carry some personal risks while performing assigned work.
  • May work alone on some shifts due to a decreased number of children currently being served.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
  • Must be able to wear appropriate Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) required to perform job safely.

Note: This job description is representative of the major position requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

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