Lead Youth Care Worker

Posted on: July 9, 2024
This position is located in: Eagle Butte

Summary of Position

The Lead Youth Care Worker is primarily responsible for providing leadership by example for the care and supervision of youth residents at the Sacred Heart Center (SHC) Child Services program in all facets (including physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being) of their daily lives. The Lead Youth Care Worker is the lead direct care staff when on shift and is responsible for the Youth Care Worker (YCW) team implementing assigned treatment services, maintaining accurate documentation of services, and ensuring that the daily routine of the facility is upheld. This is a non-exempt position.


Reports to the Youth Care Worker Supervisor

Core Responsibilities

Core Responsibilities have not yet been established.


  1. Participate in program activities, staff meetings, outside agency meetings, and training regularly as directed by the CS supervisor.
  2. Maintain youth and SHC personnel confidentiality.
  3. Responsible for daily leadership for YCWs engaged with youth residents and maintaining ratios according to Licensing Standards and SHC policies and procedures.
  4. Responsible for assisting in assuring that all youth needs are directly met. Provides first-level leadership and communication with youths in a non-judgmental, caring but firm, manner.
  5. Assist in planning and implementing daily program schedules, in addition to organizing and carrying out activities with youths throughout scheduled shifts.
  6. Maintain professional boundaries with youths and demonstrate/ensure that healthy staff-to-youth working relationships are maintained.
  7. Maintaining courteous and professional relationships with supervisors, co-workers, youths, youth family members, placing agency staff, and referral agency staff.
  8. Responsible for providing leadership in crisis situations and following agency policies and procedures related to emergencies.
  9. Daily implementation of, and adherence, to assigned treatment plan services for each youth.
  10. Supervise youth family visits and other contact as assigned.
  11. Schedule and assist with transporting youths to appointments, school, activities, etc.
  12. Assist in admittance and discharge procedures of youths.
  13. Daily maintaining complete and accurate records, incident reports, daily staff logs/vehicle logs, and reading assigned logs daily. Answering and logging all telephone calls professionally.
  14. Ensure that bedroom checks, self-harm checks, drug tests, etc. are completed per program procedures.
  15. Educate youths on emergency safety procedures including but not limited to, fire and tornado drills.
  16. Must understand and adhere to SHC policy and procedure for documenting and reporting any suspected child abuse or neglect as all members of the SHC staff are considered Mandated Reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect as required by law.
  17. Responsible for ensuring daily care of the facility and keeping it clean and in order with the help of the youths and YCWs.
  18. Assisting in meal preparation on weekends and when necessary.
  19. Provides other services and work duties as needed to meet the needs of the Sacred Heart Center and its ability to carry out its mission which will include calls that pertain to our youth services outside regular working hours.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


  • Minimum of High School diploma or GED is required
  • A degree in Social Work or related field preferred
  • 1-2 years of work as a Youth Care Worker or direct care staff is required
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Maintain confidentiality in all departments
  • Computer skills, must possess basic computer skills including the use of Microsoft Word and Outlook with the ability to learn job-specific programs and software
  • Interpersonal skills, must be able to communicate effectively
  • Possess a valid South Dakota driver’s license
  • Pass background checks.

Physical Demands

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods.
  • Driving is required.
  • Some supervision may require standing for prolonged periods.
  • Regularly lift up to 25 lbs. and occasionally lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance; occasionally lift up to 75-100 lbs. with assistance.

Expectations of Hours Worked

At least 40 hours per week; will include weekend, evening, and on-call hours.