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Successful Futures Spec

Boys Town Omaha, NE
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POSITION SUMMARY:

The Successful Futures Specialist works directly with Family Home Program high school graduates pre- and post-graduation to help youth in making a smooth transition from career/job experiences in high school to independent adult living with competitive employment or post-secondary education. This position will work with School and Youth Care staff to teach, support, and assist youth with understanding and achieving their post-graduation goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & DUTIES:

  • Implements the Senior Planning Process according to the program description with the goal of providing the education and support necessary for Family Home Program high school seniors to make strong, suitable post-graduation decisions.
    • Uses the senior planning education materials and the planning process to provide the best information and opportunity for youth to develop their post-graduation plan.
    • Provides effective communication about individual seniors and the overall Senior Planning process with youth, Family Teachers, school personnel, Youth Care leadership through attendance of Team Meetings, consultations, and Community/Administrative Meetings.
    • Facilitates two to three Senior Planning Meetings during a youth's Senior Year during which time input, suggestions and feedback is given.
    • Builds relationships with Family Home Program high school graduates in order to be available for Crisis Support after graduation.
  • Implements and maintains the Trade Life Successful Living Program with the goal of providing program youth with education, resources and supports.
    • Supports the application and referral process for the Trade Life Successful Living program.
    • Develops and implements an individualized service plan and documents progress with the plan.
    • Implements intervention strategies to improve performance in work settings.
    • Assesses the need of each graduate through basic counseling techniques such as questioning, paraphrasing, and reflective listening through a needs assessment; follows questioning guidelines and pays attention to what the participant is and is not saying.
    • Explores internal and external supports.
    • Provides financial and other support to individuals based on individual needs and reports decisions to leadership.
    • Meets with contacts at various locations; utilizes own vehicle and Boys Town vehicle to travel to work destinations and to transport youth as authorized.
  • Provides crisis support for alumni.
    • Assesses immediate safety of the Family Home Program graduates to determine further actions; utilizes professional judgment to respond appropriately to situational needs.
    • Assesses need of each alumni through basic counseling techniques such as questioning, paraphrasing, and reflective listening through a needs assessment; follows questioning guidelines and pays attention to what the participant is and is not saying.
    • Explores internal and external supports.
    • Remains calm and objective during all situations, enlists support of senior staff as needed, and makes joint decisions about further action.
    • Provides helpful information to high school graduates including problem solving, and walks participant through steps so participant arrives at a solution.
  • Teaches the Advanced Life Skills Curriculum.
    • Assists with the coordination of facilities, materials, and schedule for the Advanced Life Skills small group classes.
    • Utilizes effective classroom management techniques.
    • Uses the Advanced Life Skills Curriculum materials and the planning process to provide the best information and opportunity for youth to gain knowledge in additional Life Skills.
    • Effectively communicates the Advanced Life Skills process with youth, Family Teachers, school personnel, youth care leadership.
  • Serves as a role model in carrying out the Father Flanagans Boys Home mission.
    • Directs all activities towards the fulfillment of the Boys Town mission
    • Directs all actions to reflect the values and principles of Boys Town
    • Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, collaboration, and ethical behavior
    • Maintains regular, reliable and predictable attendance
    • Supports other members of the management team and their work

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of variety of behaviors and circumstances that may impact one's performances in various work environments.
  • Knowledge of work demands and work ethics across a variety of businesses.
  • Organizational skills to assist with managing youth to school to work experiences.
  • Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving, including ability to make assessments and use sound judgment.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner while maintaining necessary degree of confidentiality; communication skills needed to relate effectively to students, Family-Teachers, faculty, administrators, business owner's and their employees.
  • Ability to build sustain successful, professional relationships.
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Strong knowledge of Boys Town Model and the Family Home Program.
  • High level of professionalism, confidentiality and role modeling.
  • Ability to assess child behavior problems.
  • Ability to work independently, be detail orientated, meet deadlines, and multi-task while maintaining quality standards.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelors degree in Human Services or a related field. In lieu of a degree, equivalent and related work experience may be considered (e.g. 4 years of experience with the Boys Town model).
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working with children and families is required.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Experience in Boys Town Model is preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license with a good driving record, plus the ability to provide own transportation (mileage reimbursement) to complete travel requirements of the job. Must pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check. Must meet auto insurance requirements established by Boys Town policy and/or State and Local laws.
  • This position must be available to provide crisis response and must be available to work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSURES, AND LANGUAGE SKILLS:

  • CPR/First Aid

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND EQUIPMENT USAGE:

Reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during a stressful (physical, mental and emotional) situations encountered on the job with compromising their health well-being or that of their fellow employees, youth and families.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Duties are performed in a variety of environments ranging from highly stressful to casual and leisurely, in both indoor and outdoor settings. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to outside weather conditions.

About Boys Town Nebraska:

A National Historic Landmark since 1985, the Village of Boys Town is now the only National Historic Landmark District in Nebraska. At any given time, about 400 boys and girls live in the Village, receiving care and guidance for a wide range of behavioral, emotional and academic issues. When Father Edward J. Flanagan purchased the Overlook Farm in 1921, it became the new, permanent site of Boys Town. Over the decades that followed, schools, churches and homes were built, and tens of thousands of young lives were transformed.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Towns mission, which is why we offer an array of competitive and attractive benefit options. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town Physicians, free prescriptions, tuition assistance, access to the campus Field House, parenting resources from our experts and advancement opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

Date Posted: May 24, 2022

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

Date Posted June 23, 2022
Date Closes July 23, 2022
Requisition 19199
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00
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