Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) provides treatment programs for traumatized children and youth who most often are victims of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. RMYA supports children in crisis using trauma-informed techniques and relationship-based approaches to create a safe environment that provides consistency, structure, and caring for the young people we serve. Since 1976, we have provided services to abused, neglected and high-risk youth through residential and counseling services, many of which are offered on a sliding scale to low income families in our community.
Provide face-to-face youth support and intervention in multiple settings and have intentional contact with every assigned youth while contributing to the maintenance and enrichment of a safe, healing environment. The Nighttime Youth Engagement Advocate (YEA) promotes individual success and healthy relationships, supplying the tools to end the cycle of abuse.
FLSA status: Non exempt
Compensation: $11.00/hour plus $1.00/hour differential for working between the
hours of 11pm-7am
Benefits: Health insurance, vacation/holiday/sick time, 403b retirement plan, tuition reimbursement
- Patience, resiliency, and compassion.
- High school diploma or equivalent; some college or degree preferred.
- Direct care experience with emotionally or behaviorally challenged children and youth highly preferred.
- Ability to understand Department of Family Services (DFPS) licensing and operating requirements.
- Ability to adhere to the best practices supported by RMYA, and to engage in values-based decision-making.
- Commitment to continued professional development.
- Basic understanding of child behavior and development principles.
- Ability to communicate clearly and calmly with staff and residents, both orally and in writing.
- Time management and organizational skills.
- Capability with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and client management databases.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a collaborative team.
- Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
- Ability to clear a criminal background check, including fingerprinting and drug testing.
- Valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire; acceptable driving record.
- Standing up to eight hours at a time.
- No scheduled breaks.
- Few opportunities to relax during shifts.
- Frequent walking, standing, bending, squatting, pulling, and pushing.
- Occasional physical interventions with distressed youth.
- Ability to work the overnight shift (11pm-7am) with the flexibility to occasionally stay past regular assigned shift to assist with shift change.
- Be consistently present with youth when on shift, and prioritize intentional engagement with each resident in care—individually and frequently throughout each shift.
- Be a source of encouragement for youth participation in school, therapy, and program activities as well as positive interpersonal relationships with other youth and staff.
- Understand and model a trauma-informed approach to foster growth and development in youth, especially in times of crisis.
- Embrace and model the RMYA values of Protection, Simplicity, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Responsibility.
- Supervise groups of four to eight youth and know their whereabouts at all times to ensure safety.
- Model and teach constructive behaviors, problem-solving, and life skills.
- Ensure maintenance and cleanliness of all facilities, and teach the youth to do the same by teaching them how to do chores and engage productively as a member of their community.
- Assist with basic operating needs of the programs and attend to various licensing requirements relating to health and safety.
- Adhere to a daily schedule that fosters a structured, therapeutic environment.
- Collaborate and communicate with other staff members and leadership to provide and improve services to youth; actively participate in regular team, staff, and shift change meetings.
- Individually and collectively, plan and provide appropriate enriching activities.
- Facilitate and promote appropriate youth contacts with family members and other care providers.
- Maintain professional and ethical standards as prescribed by RMYA.
- Fulfill stringent requirements for documentation.
- Fulfill requirements for initial and ongoing RMYA-provided employee training, and take ownership of own professional development.
- Maintain confidentiality in all areas of client and program operations.
- Transport residents as necessary.
- Represent RMYA in a professional manner at all times, including attendance at agency events and within the general community.
- Adhere to and uphold RMYA policies, procedures, values, and best practices
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: NIGHTTIME PROGRAM MANAGER