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Youth Care Specialist I (6273)

Lutheran Services Florida – Lauderdale Lakes, FL

General Description: This is a direct service delivery position. Supervise residents, provide quality care, ensure a safe and secure environment and transport and accompany/supervise residents on outside activities. Essential Functions:

  • Provide a supportive environment for youth.
  • Provide daily security and upkeep of the facility.
  • As directed, participate in the implementation and monitoring of client case plans.
  • Participate in various in-service training sessions.
  • Attend staff meetings, as directed.
  • Assist with supervision of residents during activities.
  • Assign and supervise chores.
  • Prepare meals as needed.
  • Screen clients, conduct initial intakes and administer client satisfaction surveys when so directed.
  • Complete required initial paperwork for clients.
  • Oversee shelter clients self-administering all medication.

Other Functions:

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Regional Director, Shelter Services Manager, and/or YCS III.
  • Ensures maintenance of shelter.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

  • High level of energy required.
  • Full physical requirements such as lifting, bending, cooking, cleaning, and using the telephone required.
  • Ability to transport youth in agency van.
  • Accompany youth on field trips and other recreational outings.
  • Certified CPR/First Aide, and crisis intervention required.
  • Clean valid Florida drivers license and insurance.


  • Associates Degree in Human Service field preferred
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalency completion certification required.

Experience: Minimum of one (1) year experience working with youth/troubled youth in an organized/structured setting preferred. Skills:

  • Good organizational, written and verbal skills.
  • Dependability, discretion and good judgment are essential.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, co-workers, and the general public.

Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service populations cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • Reports to Shelter Services Manager.
  • Team player with co-workers and administrators.
  • Ensures quality care for clients in a safe, secure environment.
  • Adherence to license and quality assurance standards of state, federal and local.
  • Effective behavior management and supervision of residents during activities.
  • Adherence to all agency policies and procedures.

Lutheran Services Florida is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.

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