Valley Youth House empowers and strengthens the lives of children, youth and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.
The Life Skills Instructor is responsible for group life skills instruction, goal planning for youth 21-23 years old or employment training and placement coordination, and record-keeping as related to assigned tasks. This position includes relationship building with internal & external agencies and companies to provide the youth with experiential learning opportunities. The Life Skills Instructor is under the authority of the Central/Western Vice President, York Director, and reports directly to the AAI Supervisor.
- To successfully implement and update Life Skills activities and curriculum relating to day to day living, financial literacy, budgeting, effective communication, development of support systems, self-care and living arrangements and expenses and other topics as needed.
- A majority (80%) of the instructor's time will be spent providing group and one-on-one life skills to clients 21 .
- Maintain program and youth records in a professional manner and within the established time frames (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly).
- Provide employment opportunities and job placement services for clients, as well as, assist with facilitation of staff work groups.
- Provide Transport for youth to and from groups, workshops and other AAI related programs as needed.
- Ensure programming is youth-driven and experiential learning is applied while maintaining a youth driven/positive youth development framework.
Essential Functions of Position:
- To review and revise the life skills curriculums as needed or assigned to ensure quality services and course relevance.
- To monitor and maintain positive community relations in a proactive manner.
- To develop connections and resources for the implementation of experiential learning in the community as related to life skills.
- To assist in maintaining compliance with PA DHS and DHS regulations and/or program grant requirements as applicable.
- To complete all required AAI programs and client reports.
- To proactively address youth misconduct from a positive youth development perspective and support the program's full values contract.
- Team with co-instructor and Life Counselor's to ensure the authenticity of York programming.
- Understand and adhere to Valley Youth House policies, practices and procedures.
- To participate in weekly scheduled supervision with direct supervisor and be prepared with an agenda.
- To attend and actively participate in team, unit and all staff meetings.
- To complete other related tasks as appropriate or assigned.
This agency is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Valley Youth House provides all applicants for employment and all employees with equal opportunity for employment and promotion without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by state or federal law. This nondiscrimination policy extends to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment as well as the use of all VYH facilities, participation in VYH sponsored activities and all employment actions such as hiring, job assignments, promotions, compensation, benefits and termination of employment.
General Requirements & Skills
The Life Skills Instructor shall be a mature individual with the ability to identify with and adapt to the goals and philosophies of positive youth development in the independent living program. The Life Skills Instructor will possess sound judgment and knowledge of adolescent development. This individual will be organized and highly adept at managing multiple tasks and assignments. Successful team members are creative thinkers and flexible in their approaches to people and projects. Candidates will be willing to work evenings as the majority of group classes are held after school. They will never have been convicted of any prohibited criminal or child abuse offense. It is preferred they shall possess a minimum of one-year experience working with adolescents and a BS/BA in education, social work, human services or an equivalent is preferred. At least 2 years of experience facilitating groups is required. A minimum of an associates degree with combined experience is required. The candidate's race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or state of physical disability will not be considered when hiring for this position.