Home for Teens Youth Counselor - Loomis, CA (full-time)

Job Summary

The youth counselor position is an important component of Koinonia's adolescent residential rherapeutic program, which serves young people (residents) 12 to 18 years of age who have behavioral, emotional and/or substance abuse issues that require residential treatment. The youth counselor position provides direct supervision for up to six residents as they complete their daily program activities.

We are looking to fill the following shifts:

  • WED-SAT: Full-time, working 1 p.m to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and then 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday;
  • SUN-WED: Full-time, working 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; and then 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday;

The pay for the position is $13.15 to $16.00 per hour, depending upon experience and education. Benefits vary depending upon the hours worked, an dmay include employee-only medical/dental/vision/chiro/behavioral health, holiday pay premium, paid time off (PTO), and participation in Koinonia's 401k plan. For a more detailed explanation of Koinonia's adolescent residential program, please click here.

* Note: It is not required to list prior salary on the employment application for past employment.

General Responsibilities
  • Provides direct supervision of youth (residents) during daily program activities.
  • Helps residents successfully complete program tasks and activities.
  • Models, reinforces, and sets limits to behavior by using specified behavior management techniques.
  • When necessary and appropriate, confronts and redirects residents who display inappropriate behaviors.
  • Periodically accompanies residents off-grounds for educational or recreational activities; may accompany residents to appointments with community agencies and private services providers.
  • Periodically transports residents using company van or personal vehicle.
  • Observes and documents residents activities and behaviors to assess their needs and progress.
  • Participates with social worker and residents in periodic group and individual therapy sessions.
  • Participates in staff reviews of residents and helps implement residents' treatment plans and program goals. Works cooperatively with the social worker and other clinical staff.
  • Participates in staff orientation, in-service training, weekly staff meetings, and on-going trainings.
  • May be required to contact natural parents, community service providers, courts and police regarding residents.
  • Demonstrates a high standard of personal and professional ethics, and maintains appropriate professional and personal boundaries.

Educational Requirements

The position requires one of the following

  • Bachelor's degree in a behavior science or arts field
  • A valid Child Development Teaching Permit
  • 12 semester units of early childhood education, adolescent development or foster and kinship care education AND 100 hours of experience working with youth.
  • A valid alcohol counselor, drug counselor, or alcohol and drug counselor certificate AND 100 hours of experience working with youth.
  • A valid vocational training certificate, credential or documentation stating the individual is a trade journeyperson and instructs vocational skills to children AND has 100 hours of experience working with youth.

Licenses & Certifications
  • Driver's license required.
  • Ability to obtain First Aid, CPR and Water Safety Certification.

Experience Requirements
  • See educational requirements.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to quickly establish a rapport with clients and co-workers.
  • Ability to interact successfully with clients from differing social, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds.
  • Ability to safely drive a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in daily duties.
  • High personal integrity and a strong commitment to excellence.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must have a reliable means of transportation.
  • Must have a good driving record, and proof of auto insurance.
  • Must be able to successfully pass state and federal criminal background checks and also successfully pass a health screening.


To Apply
Please obtain an employment application by using one of the methods listed below. Then, complete and return it by following the instructions provided on the employment application form.
  • Download Application (click here).   requires Acrobat Reader Get Acrobat Reader

  • Request an application by mail:

    Koinonia Foster Homes
    Attn: Human Resources Department
    P.O. Box 1403
    Loomis, CA 95650

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