Social Service Aide/Community Mentor - #1687168

State of Missouri


Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Springfield, MO
Salary: $16.31 per hour
Contract type: Full time

This is a part-time Non-Benefit Eligible Position.

Working with the Division of Youth Services is more than it seems. You will be working with staff to create a safe, therapeutic, and educational environment for youth in our day treatment and residential programs. To succeed in this position you will need to be empathetic, nonjudgmental, cooperative, encouraging, able-bodied, professional, and respectful; you must be able to communicate clearly, honestly and openly. We also offer a variety of great benefits including health, dental, vision, paid holidays, cafeteria plans, retirement, and more. Join us and help make the difference for our youth today!

  • Transport youth (and possibly family) to school, job, doctor appointments, meetings, etc.
  • Spend time with youth in developing constructive relationship, participating in recreational activities or otherwise helping to provide structure and guidance.
  • Provides extra contact for youth in high risk cases.
  • Monitoring clients during home visits from facility.
  • Serves as an appropriate role model and support system.
  • Provide tutoring or academic assistance with schoolwork or homework.
  • Assist client in securing employment.
  • Assist supervisor in developing employment opportunities and/or community resources for youth/families.
  • Contact service providers or community resources regarding behavior and attitude of client.
  • Meet with supervisor on a regular basis and report information regarding client to supervisor.
  • Maintain written log of client contact for documentation purposes.

There are currently no minimum requirements for employment as a SSA. Prior experience working with juveniles or college course work in the social science or criminal justice field is desired.

Examples of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of child development and the role of the family.
  • Working knowledge of the general techniques of communicating with adolescent clients.
  • Basic knowledge of the causes of juvenile delinquency and of current methods of treatment of juveniles.
  • Ability to work with clients in an empathetic and understanding manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, family members and other treatment staff, and to explain the progress of the client.
  • Ability to interact on a community level in a professional and responsible manner.
  • A valid driver's license is required.

Social Service Aide Expectations

  • Maintain professional appropriate boundaries with clients.
  • Monitor client attendance at school, home, job, GED, AA/NA meetings, etc.
  • Develop resources as directed.
  • Help families get in touch with necessary community resources.
  • Be familiar with client's Individual Treatment Plan and assist as directed in completing the plan.
  • Develop goals regarding clients, including contact type and frequency, with supervisor.
  • Meet weekly (or as directed) with supervisor.
  • Keep time sheet current and make available to supervisor as requested.
  • Provide monthly reports of case load contacts to supervisor.
  • Track hours and services provided to youth and families.
  • Maintain confidentiality!!!!

Lack of post-secondary education will not be used as the sole basis denying consideration to any applicant.

This is a part-time Non-Benefit Eligible Position.

If you experience an accessibility issue while applying at mocareers.mo.gov, please contact [email protected] or call 573-526-0416. If you have questions about this position please contact: [email protected].

The State of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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