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Current Openings:

POSITION:  Teacher

CLASSIFICATION:  Salaried, exempt

QUALIFICATIONS:  Valid Idaho State K-12 Special Education Certificate, or Generalist Education Certificate.  Preference is given to teachers with multiple endorsements.  Preference for K-8 is given to individuals who hold dual certification in General and Special Education.  Good verbal and written communication skills. Is trained in Trauma Informed Care (TIC), or is able to attend TIC training immediately, and is actively engaged in furthering their TIC knowledge and training.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:   Implement the instructional program of the Northwest Children’s Home Education Center to enable each student to achieve individual educational, physical, emotional, psychological, and behavioral potential.  Work effectively with students, co-workers, community members and community agencies.  Be knowledgeable of and uphold all policies pertaining to teachers and students as specified in agency, and state and federal statutes related to general and special education.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:  (for illustrative purposes only)

 Instructional Responsibilities:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of subject-area competencies and/or skills to be presented to students.
  1. Plan a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of each student.

 

  1. Within the limits of available resources, create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity level and interests of the students following TIC approaches.
    • Actively engage with students while teaching.
      1. Teach using various methods and technologies as available and appropriate
      2. Aware of classroom environment by teaching from various areas
    • Provide positive verbal and nonverbal feedback to students.
    • Provide opportunities for students to express themselves.
    • Model positive verbal and nonverbal influence on students.
    • Provide an atmosphere in which students are motivated to remain on task and are expected to achieve individual and group goals.
    • Provide written procedures for classroom management and expected student behavior.
  1. Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals established by Northwest Children’s Home, the referring district, and state curriculum standards. Establish clear objectives for lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students. Create written lesson plans that show written evidence of preparation to the Education Manager or Education Director.
  1. Use instructional materials adopted by Northwest Children’s Home education program and/or the referring district, and employ methods that are most appropriate for meeting state, local, and student-centered objectives. Use TIC approaches both in and out of the classroom, as well as during instruction time.
  1. Evaluate student progress on a regular basis and provide progress reports as required. Feedback of progress is given to students/residents in a timely manner.
  1. Foster healthy relationships with students to aid them through difficult behavioral outbursts which may lead to harm to self or others. Staff will be trained in the MANDT system should they need to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities as outlined in prescribed safety regulations.

Management Responsibilities:

  1.  Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records as required by general and special education.
  1. Maintain confidentiality and use student records appropriately.
  1. Efficiently manage and evaluate paraprofessionals’ duties in the classroom.
  1. Maintain mandatory training as required of staff by Northwest Children’s Home and participate in other professional trainings as directed by the Education Director of the assigned program.

Communication Responsibilities:

  1. Work to establish and maintain open lines of communication and cooperative relations with the administration, students, parents, and colleagues.
    • Present information clearly in both oral and written form.
    • Confer with colleagues, administrators, and parents.
    • Confer with parents regarding student instructional needs and progress.
    • Counsel with students concerning their academics and behavioral boundaries as wellas relational concerns with other peers and classroom staff.
    • Participate in group decision-making process regarding each student.
    • Use of professional boundaries following confidentiality with student records.

Professional Responsibilities: 

  1. Exhibit consistent application of state, federal, local, and agency rules and regulations.
  1. Attend staff meetings and serve on staff committees to plan instructional goals, objectives, and methods; assist in selection of instructional equipment and materials.
  1. Carry out responsibilities of a faculty member in a positive and professional manner.
  1. Contribute to the decision-making process and cooperate in the implementation of group decisions.
  1. Accept shared responsibilities in and out of the classroom during the school day.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:  The teacher reports to the Education Manager and the Education Director.

Northwest Children’s Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Drug-free workplace.  Pre-employment and random drug testing required.

  • Full-time and part-time swing shifts available.
  • Swing shift is 2pm – 10pm, with at least one weekend shift required.
  • Starting pay: $13.00 with an increase to at least $13.50 after successfully completing a 90-day introductory period.
  • At Northwest Children’s Home, we have developed a career ladder, allowing the employee to have control over their advancement in the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS:  State licensure requires that Residential Treatment Specialists must be at least 21 years of age and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.  Bachelor’s degree in relevant human services field is preferred.  Paid experience in dealing with children/youths in groups is desirable. Must have a desire to work with emotionally reactive population.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completion of an initial 25 hour training in policies and procedures, including emergency procedures, child safety, child abuse and neglect reporting, and applicable licensing requirements.
  • Completion of a total of 80 hours direct supervision by another staff member. During the 80-hour supervisory period, another staff member must be present during supervision of residents.
  • Within two months of hire date, completion of 38 hours of in-service training, including First Aid/CPR, Mandt System, medication certification, fire safety, Hepatitis B Virus, infection control, AIDS training, seclusion training, QPR, PREA, and PDT.
  • Maintenance of current status in all mandatory trainings throughout employment.
  • For driving either agency or personal vehicles while on agency business: minimum of 21 years of age and valid driver’s license.

 EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:  (for illustrative purposes only)

  1. Provide for all basic needs and rights of clients.
  2. Know and follow written agency policies and procedures. Be familiar with the milieu program and implement treatment techniques as outlined in agency policies and procedures. Be familiar with each resident’s treatment plan and objectives and facilitate implementation.
  3. Maintain continuity in the daily schedule of activities and tasks.  Assure safety of residents and know the whereabouts of assigned residents at all times.
  4. Set and enforce consistent behavioral limits to establish appropriate behaviors, skills, and attitudes.  Consult with team members and assist in crisis situations, taking constructive actions to protect clients from danger to self, others or environment.
  5. Review and initial the log at the beginning of each shift. Write clear and concise documentation for each client during each shift.  Communicate significant issues to appropriate staff members.
  6. Help residents cultivate appropriate social, behavioral, interpersonal skills and attitudes useful in community living.  Develop appropriate, positive and professional relationships with residents.  Serve as an appropriate role model for residents through dress, demeanor, conversation and attitude.
  7. After completion of the three-month introductory period, the RTS may serve as an advocate for assigned residents, including writing treatment plan/assessment reviews and may attend formal reviews for residents, as assigned.
  8. The RTS may conduct various groups as directed by their supervisor.
  9. The RTS is to be current in their mandatory training at all times at two months after hire.  The RTS will attend training related to the operation of assigned treatment unit.  The RTS is required to attend weekly Treatment Team meetings, unless excused in advance by their Program Manager.
  10. If assigned driving responsibilities, the RTS must have a valid driver’s license.
  11. As assigned complete daily tasks such as meal/snack count, medication dispensation and med count, large muscle activity (LMA) log and structured planned activity schedule (SPAS).

 SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:  The Residential Treatment Specialist reports to the Team Leader.

  • Full-time and part-time overnight shifts available.
  • Overnight shift is 10pm – 8am (4 ten-hour shifts)
  • Starting pay: $13.00 with an increase to at least $13.50 after successfully completing a 90-day introductory period.
  • At Northwest Children’s Home, we have developed a career ladder, allowing the employee to have control over their advancement in the organization.

POSITION:  Night Residential Treatment Specialist

CLASSIFICATION:  Hourly, non-exempt 

QUALIFICATIONS:  State licensure requires that the Night Residential Treatment Specialist must be at least 21 years of age and must have a high school diploma or equivalent.  A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant human services field is preferred.  Paid experience working with children and/or youth in a group treatment orientation is desirable.  Must have a desire to work with a challenging population.  And must have an ability and willingness to perform restraints according to policy and procedure for the purposes of protecting residents and staff from harm.  Must be able to remain awake during the overnight shift.

Requirements: 

  1. Completion of an initial 25 hour training in policies and procedures, including emergency procedures, child safety, child abuse and neglect reporting, and applicable licensing requirements.
  2. Completion of a total of 80 hours direct supervision by another staff member. During the 80-hour supervisory period, another staff member must be present during supervision of residents.
  3. Within two months of hire: completion of 38 hours of in-service training, including First Aid/CPR, Mandt System, medication certification, fire safety, Hepatitis B Virus, infection control, AIDS training, seclusion training, QPR, PREA, and PDT.
  4. Maintenance of current status in all mandatory trainings throughout employment.
  5. For driving either agency or personal vehicles while on agency business: minimum of 21 years of age and valid driver’s license.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:  (for illustrative purposes only:)

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  1. Provide for all basic needs and rights of residents including hygiene and assistance with their bedtime/morning routines, including wake-up, breakfast, preparation for school, and transportation to school, as needed. Ensure that residents are living in a safe, abuse-free environment, including reinforcing behavior limits accepted with the program and community.
  2. Know and follow agency policies and procedures.
  3. Conduct and document a visual bed check at least every thirty minutes to ensure that all residents are safe, accounted for and in bed. Bed checks are to be conducted in accordance with established, written policies and procedures.
  4. Be familiar with the treatment program and implement treatment strategies as developed by the treatment team, including special procedures for each child. Consult with team members and assist in crisis situations, taking constructive action to protect residents from danger to self, others, or environment.
  5. Be knowledgeable of and, as needed, implement all safety procedures for acute illnesses, fire and weather-related emergencies, security, and maintenance problems.
  6. Review and initial the log at the beginning of each shift. Communicate significant issues to appropriate staff members.
  7. Complete incident reports, log notes, and ratings before leaving each shift.
  8. As opportunities present themselves during the shift, assist the residents in developing appropriate social, behavioral, interpersonal skills and attitudes that are useful in community living. Develop appropriate professional relationships with residents by role-modeling appropriate dress, demeanor, problem solving, conversation, and attitude.
  9. Do housekeeping and laundry as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:  The Night Residential Treatment Specialist reports to the Night Supervisor.

Northwest Children’s Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Drug-free workplace.  Pre-employment and random drug testing required.

POSITION: Therapist / Program Clinical Lead

CLASSIFICATION:   Salaried, exempt

QUALIFICATIONS:  Minimum of master’s degree and clinical licensure: current Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), OR Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), OR Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), OR Certified School Psychologist.  Employee may be in a clinical supervision plan approved by Idaho Occupational Licensing if a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Master’s Social Work (LMSW) for a minimum of 2 years working towards clinical endorsement.  Prefer one year experience in counseling relationships, preferably in a group home, residential, or institutional setting.  Minimum:  21 years of age required to meet state contract requirements.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Ensure the high quality and integrity of the overall therapeutic environment within the residential setting by providing clinical direction, leadership, consultation, and training for staff in relevant clinical topics and techniques.  Ensure the smooth, cooperative functioning as a member of the Program Treatment Team (comprised of the House Manager, Program Clinical Lead – Therapist, and Case Manager) with the goal of integrating clinical, milieu, and direct-care efforts and issues.   The Program Clinical Lead will have final decision making authority on this team with input and collaboration when appropriate with the Director of Children’s Services.  Ensure the continued viability of the Northwest Children’s Home as a contractor with referral sources by maintaining positive, professional relations with all agents of our clientele.  Provide quality, comprehensive therapeutic services to an assigned caseload of clients and their families.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: (for illustrative purposes only)

  1. Assume responsibility for reviewing referral materials and responding to admissions regarding the acceptability of referrals for admission to the program. Solicit input from other staff members as necessary and appropriate.
  1. Conduct thorough assessment of each in-coming resident and prepares Intake Assessment or Psychosexual Report within 30 days of arrival in program. Report conforms to approved outline and identifies major problem areas, strengths, treatment goals and strategies, functional assessment, therapeutic approach, adjunctive services required, and projected length of treatment.
  1. Implement master treatment plan, as follows:
    1. Conduct individual, group, family therapy as appropriate and needed
    2. Participate in regular case staffings and treatment progress reviews (TPRs), writes periodic reports describing client’s progress in treatment and stressing any needed changes in the master treatment plan or projected release date
    3. Arrange for, coordinate with, and participate as needed in additional services provided by outside agencies, consultants, etc.
  1. Consult with other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team regarding needs, progress, special problems, etc. for the resident (e.g., psychiatrist, nursing, educators, parents, referral agencies, program staff, etc.). Attend medication maintenance meetings with resident and consulting psychiatrist.
  1. Provide clinical direction to program staff through role-modeling, development of standards and guidelines, training, provision of feedback, and consultation. In consulting with staff, provide clinical or treatment information, offer suggestions for dealing with problem residents, assist in designing special behavioral programs, etc.
  1. Work closely with the Director of Children’s Services, House Manager and Case Manager to ensure that special clinical interventions are adequately documented for staff purposes, and that they are being correctly interpreted and effectively implemented by direct care staff.
  1. Monitor the program and overall treatment milieu in terms of safety for both residents and staff, therapeutic efficacy, and strengths and weaknesses of various program components, make adjustments as possible through consultation, role-modeling, etc., and report problems to Director of Children’s Services or others as appropriate and necessary. Ensure program is functioning properly and work closely with treatment team (House Manager, Case Manager) respective to their assigned duties and work through issues/problems.  When a decision needs to be made after treatment team has been consulted, the Therapist/Clinical Lead has full authority to make decisions in the best interests for the program.  The Director of Children’s Services will be consulted with in a timely manner to assess appropriateness of program resolution and/or involved CEO/Clinical Director as deemed appropriate.
  1. Provide emergency assessment, therapy, and referral services for residents in crisis, during working hours for own caseload, and campus-wide when on-call.
  1. Prepare discharge reports in a timely manner, reporting on progress, remaining goals and treatment needs, and recommending aftercare characteristics.
  1. Report disclosure of abuse to appropriate authorities as required by law.
  1. Improve own skills and knowledge-base by attending NCH-mandated training, professional conferences, scheduled clinical in-service training sessions, and weekly peer-review oriented NCH clinician meetings.
  1. Plan, attend, co-facilitate, and serve as a resource to other team members at weekly mandatory program staff meetings. Use clinical portion of the meeting to lead case staffing or to provide training to program staff in relevant clinical topics and techniques.
  1. Assist, as necessary, in resolving resident-resident, staff-staff, and resident-staff disputes, through the use of conflict resolution techniques.
  1. Coordinate scheduling of Paid Time Off (PTO) with other clinical and supervisory staff on the unit to ensure adequate coverage at all times.
  1. Participate in the development of an approved annual departmental budget.
  1. Meet weekly or more often with other members of Program Treatment Team (House Manager, Case Manager) to identify and address concerns regarding the interfacing among their various functions, as well as other factors affecting the overall operation of the program. 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP:  The Therapist/Program Clinical Lead reports to the Director of Children’s Services.

Northwest Children’s Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Drug-free workplace.  Pre-employment and random drug testing required.

POSITION: Housekeeper / Janitor

CLASSIFICATION: Hourly, non-exempt

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in housekeeping, with experience in institutional housekeeping preferred; ability to perform essential functions of the job; ability to work cooperatively with agency personnel in the treatment units and to respect resident rights.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Clean the residential units and other buildings and agency property as assigned. Perform light maintenance duties within the units, such as painting.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: (for illustrative purposes only)

  • Must be able to move furniture, including beds and refrigerators, washers and dryers, for the purpose of cleaning behind and under them. Beds in each bedroom are moved up to three times per week.
  • Must be able to operate a commercial vacuum cleaner throughout the area being cleaned at least once a day. Must have range of motion to mop floors and sweep walkways. Must be able to perform repeated motions such as those required to paint walls.
  • Must be able to scrub walls, windows, bathroom fixtures and other surfaces. Must be able to spend extended periods, up to two hours daily, on knees during the course of cleaning. Must be able to bend and reach during the course of cleaning.
  • Must be able to lift from the floor and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds, and lift and carry cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaner up and down stairs. Must be able to lift and carry bags of refuse to the dumpsters.
  • Must be able to safely handle chemicals required to clean and sanitize the residential units. Must be able to work in and around fumes from chemicals and fresh paint.
  • Must be able to follow training provided by the agency to help prevent the spread of diseases, including cleaning up and disposing of bodily fluids. Must be able to comprehend agency policies and procedures as they relate to maintenance, cleaning, safety, and confidentiality.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: The housekeeper reports to the Director of Development and Operations.

Northwest Children’s Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Drug-free workplace. Pre-employment and random drug testing required.

POSITION: Media Specialist

CLASSIFICATION: Hourly, non-exempt

QUALIFICATIONS:

Is trained in School Libraries, Computer Labs and knowledge of maintaining and repair, and purchasing of Technology. Is trained in Trauma Informed Care (TIC), or is able to attend TIC training immediately, and is actively engaged in furthering their TIC knowledge and training.

Position Summary:

The Media specialists supports students and staff to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information, provides technology support, and executes Statewide Testing in accordance with the mission statement of the Northwest Children’s Home and Education Center. .

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB: (for illustrative purposes only)

Instructional Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with classroom teachers and staff in the preparation, presentation, and evaluation of units or assignments that utilize information resources.
  • Assisting staff and students in using knowledge meaningfully for decision making and problem solving.
  • Promoting the integrated use of technology as a learning tool
  • Promoting Student and Staff reading for information and pleasure by helping to foster a culture that encourages appreciation of literature

Management Responsibilities:

Under the supervision and leadership of Education Manager and Director of Education:

  • Providing information and guidance in areas of information literacy, Acceptable Use Policy, ethics, intellectual property and copyright, and the safe use of educational technologies
  • Providing an environment for State Testing. Proctoring and Scheduling Testing for students. Maintaining Proctoring status.
  • Maintaining an inviting and useable space in Library Nook, Curriculum Room and Computer lab to help foster the growth of lifelong learners.
  • Providing support and maintaining technology both on the campus of Northwest Children’s Home and the Education Center.
  • In collaboration with others helping to create a technology plan that will grow and maintain a secure and safe environment to meet the technology needs of today and the future.

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Participate in meetings and trainings designed to improve staff skills/knowledge. Maintain mandatory trainings as required.
  • Carry out responsibilities of a faculty member in a positive and professional manner.
  • Contribute to the decision-making process and cooperate in the implementation of group decisions.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP: The media specialist reports to the Education Manager and the Education Director.

Northwest Children’s Home is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Drug-free workplace. Pre-employment and random drug testing required.

Northwest Children’s Home is focused on implementing practices based on Trauma Informed Care (TIC).  Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.  The vast majority of kids we serve have been severely traumatized at some point in their lives.  The TIC model views maladaptive behavior as a coping mechanism – the best they have available at the time – and seeks to heal with patience, teaching and understanding.  

We are looking for talented employees who want to make a positive difference in the lives of youth who truly need it most. 

How to Apply

419 22nd Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501
phone: 208.743.9404 ext 203
fax: 208.746.4955

Why I work at Northwest Children's Home

Unfortunately I cannot describe my passion for NCH in one encompassing statement.  To truly understand the benefits NCH has on children and staff you must truly experience it for yourself, simply put, words cannot do it justice.  Many people pursue a career that involves climbing the corporate ladder where success is measured by the amount of commas in your annual earnings.  For many this way of life leaves a lot to be desired.  While money is an important aspect to most humans, what often gets overlooked is quality of life.  Being able to walk away from work at the end of the day knowing that you made a difference in a child’s life, especially a child who has experienced as much trauma as our kids have, satisfies me more than any dollar amount ever could. 

Kenny Robertson, Director of Quality Assurance

In 1997, my mom was hired in the kitchen at the Northwest Children’s Home, I was in junior high.  She had us fill out volunteer forms and we volunteered in the kitchen to work as a family on Christmas, Easter and other family holidays.  It became clear to me that I came from a life of privilege.  When I first applied to work in the programs at the Children’s Home, I had a very low self-image and did not consider myself as someone who could be a role model.  I started out working as an overnight in 2006, and my willingness to work any shift at any program, as well as my work ethic and attention to detail. gained me staff appreciations and boosted my confidence. Within a year I moved to the Jewett Swing shift as an RTS and although initially I felt like a fish out of water (everything was much more fast paced and action packed), I also found my niche at NCH.  It was beautiful and inspiring to play a direct role in major emotional and social development gains by the youth in care.  I was filled with admiration for the teams I worked with; their skills and willingness to come back from a hard day with commitment and a positive attitude.  For the first time I started to view myself as a role model and even though I could not relate with these youths trauma and abuse histories, I could be a beacon and advocate for hope.  Hope that they can change and lead a life following dreams, passions, and contribute to their communities.  Hope that they could transcend their trauma and heal.  With this mission, I worked as a direct care staff as a RTS, Team Leader and Shift Supervisor for ten years.  I am forever changed and improved as a human being, as this community at the Northwest Children’s Home has developed and shaped me.  I am privileged to be a part of the transformation these adolescents make and am inspired by them daily.

Valerie Allen, Trauma Informed Care Coordinator

Building Brighter Futures at NCH!