Residential Youth Counselor

Black Hills Children's Home · Rapid City, South Dakota
Department Black Hills Children's Home
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation Minimum $14.00/hr. + experience

Work for Good. Do you want a career with meaning and purpose? Children’s Home Society is one of South Dakota’s leaders in providing services to vulnerable children, women, and families.

As part of Children's Home Society, you will truly Work for Good every day—helping to change the world one day at a time, one child at a time, one woman, one family, one smile, hug, and heart at a time.

Black Hills Children's Home, a program of Children’s Home Society, in Rapid City, SD, is currently seeking a FT Residential Youth Counselor.  We empower children to overcome the trauma that has affected their lives and guide families toward strength and safety.

What You'll Do:
Your responsibilities as a Residential Youth Counselor would include:

  • Nurture children through one-on-one communication and care.
  • Maintain vigilant supervision of children.
  • Participate as member of treatment team.
  • Facilitate structured programs; i.e., games, outdoor recreation, etc.
  • Assist children with hygiene, diet, getting ready for school, etc.
  • Discipline as needed.  Respond to aggressive behavior.  Maintain group order.
  • Complete behavioral/restraint/incident reports.
  • Ensure safety standards and infection control policies are followed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What We'll Love About You:

  • Supervision of children is interactive, engaging and meaningful based on supervisory observation.
  • Agency policy is consistently followed without deviation.
  • Feedback from team is positive regarding childcare and team interaction & support.

Schedule:    Either Sunday, 7:30am-10:00pm, Monday & Tuesday 2:00pm-10:00pm, and a partial Wednesday /or/  partial Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 2:00pm-10:00pm, and Saturday 7:30am-10:00pm

Experience/Education/Skills:  High School Diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree, or one to two years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.  References that can depict level of interest in working with children with behavioral issues.  Knowledge of and ability to use personal computers and software utilized by office.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: Residential environment focused on care of children with behavioral issues.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to physically restrain a child in ways taught by the Agency while being able to verbally communicate to the child and other staff. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

This position description is meant to describe the typical kinds of duties or difficulty level that may be required of positions with this title.  The use of a particular expression shall not limit or exclude other duties or difficulty levels not mentioned.  This position description is not meant to limit or modify the organization's right to assign, direct or control the work assigned to this position.  It is possible that each responsibility may not be assigned to each employee.

Compensation:   $14.00-17.00/hr DOE.

What You'll Love About Us:

  • A Century of Service: Established in 1893, Children's Home Society of South Dakota is the state's oldest human service nonprofit organization. Through our many programs, we serve families, individuals, and children of all ages. 
  • Licensing & Accreditation: We are accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by South Dakota Department of Social Services as a Child Welfare Agency. We are also certified as a Special Education Program by the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs.
  • Our Mission: We empower children, adults, families, and communities to be resilient, safe, healthy, and strong.
  • Our Values: We are better together. We choose kindness. We are tenacious.
  • Health Benefits: Traditional Medical and Medical with HSA. Vision. Dental. 
  • Additional Benefits: Group Life and AD&D. Short Term & Long Term Disability. Additional Voluntary Life, Critical Illness, and Accident plans. Employee Assistance Program.
  • Student Loan Payments & Tuition Reimbursement: Employees in this position are eligible for up to $150 per month in Student Loan Payments OR Tuition Reimbursement. 
  • Paid Time Off: Generous PTO package. 10 paid holidays.
  • Pension Plan and 401k: Employer contribution up to 8% of employee’s compensation.
  • Training: On-site, industry-specific learning experiences. 
  • Loan Forgiveness: Qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Plan.

Must successfully complete all required background/pre-employment checks. EOE/AA.


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  • Location
    Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Department
    Black Hills Children's Home
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Minimum $14.00/hr. + experience