AECOM Youth Care Worker Manager in Dallas, Texas
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AECOM is seeking a Youth Care Worker Manager for Direct Care to support unaccompanied migrant children within Health and Human Services (HHS) Influx Facilities. The Youth Care Manager for Direct Care will oversee the Youth Care Worker (YCW) staff and functions of the shelter to ensure compliance with all Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and Health and Human Services (HHS) policies and procedures.
This role is anticipated to be based within 240 miles of the Border with Mexico, however, final site location has yet to be determined, and this role is contingent upon client award, which is expected in late summer, early fall 2023.
The Youth Care Worker Manager for Direct Care will report directly to the Child Experience Program Manager and Deputy CE Program Manager for the HHS Influx facility and be responsible for the Key Responsibilities listed below.
About the Opportunity
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) historically cares for Unaccompanied Children (UC) crossing into the United States. As required by the Flores Settlement Agreement, ORR must deliver safe, child-friendly care for these children. ORR needs a trusted partner to manage and provide a full spectrum of services. To achieve ORR’s objectives, AECOM has partnered with industry leading firms to create TeamCARE.
Prior to shelter operations, develop a fully functional Youth Care Worker program, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), manuals, checklists, and other management tools compliant with ORR UCC Program Policies to implement a Direct Care Youth Care Worker program for the children in our care.
During shelter operations, oversee the YCW program and staff for children in our care.
Provide overall leadership for the YCW program and staff.
Work with the Child Experience Program Manager and Deputy Manager to develop and deliver a structured, culturally sensitive YCW program that meet ORR UC Program Policy requirements.
Develop and deploy Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), checklists and other management techniques to ensure that Direct Care services are delivered in a safe, effective, and consistent manner.
Ensure the supervision of assigned on-site YCW staff. Ensure that appropriate line of sight supervision of UC by assigned staff is handled appropriately and organized.
Provide documentation of supervision by maintaining a supervisory log for all staff supervised.
Ensures the staff have completed necessary training based on ORR Policy Guide.
Directly coach, mentor, supervise, and support YCW Supervisors, YCW Leads, and YCW Rovers.
Completes all required documentation that pertains to this position in a timely fashion, to include Daily Reports, Employee Attendance Reports, UC Incident Reports, UC Release Reports, UC Relocation Reports.
Participates in ongoing meetings, conferences, training programs as required, and promotes and maintains a positive peer culture.
Bachelor’s degree in education, Social Work or similar discipline + 6 years of relevant work experience or a demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.
3 years of experience in childcare or youth direct care.
2 years of supervisory experience.
Must have demonstrate experience training, supervising, and leading others and adapting to diverse situations.
Must have the ability to resolve unforeseen problems with little or no direction.
Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally.
Proficiency in computer operations and documentation systems.
Master's Degree in Education or Social Work
Experience working in the HHS ORR residential care system or other non-ORR children shelter environment.
Bi-lingual proficiency in English and Spanish, both written and verbal.
Excellent organizational/communication skills and cultural awareness.
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with staff, community groups, federal agencies, and the general public.
This position does not include sponsorship for United States work authorization.
Relocation and/or temporary living expenses may be considered
Qualified applicants who are offered a position may be required to pass a pre-employment substance abuse test and may be required to submit to random screenings.
This position will subject to a pre-employment background screen to include, but not limited to the following:
A FBI fingerprint check of national and state criminal history repositories;
A child protective services check with the staff’s State(s) of U.S. residence for the last five years; and
Background investigation updates at a minimum of every five years of the staff/contractor/volunteer’s start date or last background investigation update. Care provider facilities may require the updated background investigation more frequently as necessary.
This position will require the completion and approval of US government questionnaire form SF 85P for Public Trust Positions
This position will be subject to Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) establishing a common identification standard for Federal employees and contractors
This position may require pre-employment drug screening and subsequent random screenings
Employees will be required to adhere to the following code of conduct:
Staff Code of Conduct ORR is committed to providing a safe environment to all UAC in its care, including protecting UAC from sexual abuse and sexual harassment. In order to ensure the safety of UAC, who are under the age of 18, care provider facility staff, contractors, and volunteers must comply with the following Code of Conduct. This code of conduct does not apply to foster parents, who are subject to State licensing requirements.
Staff will not engage in any form of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, as defined at Section 4.1 of ORR’s UAC Policy Guide.
Staff will not verbally or physically abuse any unaccompanied alien child.
Staff will not engage in sexual contact with anyone while on duty or while acting in the official capacity of their position.
Staff will not exchange letters, gifts, pictures, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, or social media information with any UAC in ORR care or within three years of the child’s discharge. Requests for exceptions must be submitted in writing to and approved by care provider management.
Staff may not have contact with any unaccompanied alien children outside of the care provider facility beyond that necessary to carry out job duties while the child is in ORR care or within three years of the child’s discharge. Requests for exceptions must be submitted in writing to and approved by care provider management.
Staff must confine their relationships with UAC families and sponsors to those activities which fall within the scope of the staff’s job duties. Requests for exceptions must be submitted in writing to and approved by care provider management.
Staff may not engage in a romantic or sexual relationship with a UAC while the child is in ORR care or within three years of the child’s discharge.
Staff may not live with a UAC within three years of the child’s discharge.
Staff must report knowledge, suspicion, or information about sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or inappropriate sexual behavior according to mandatory reporting laws, Federal laws and regulations, and ORR policies and procedures.
Staff with knowledge or information of a staff violating this Code of Conduct must report this knowledge or information to their supervisor.
Staff have a continuing affirmative duty to disclose any misconduct that occurs on or off duty.
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Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places
Business Group: DCS
Strategic Business Unit: West
Career Area: Administration
Work Location Model: On-Site