Youth Care Worker

Posted on: July 10, 2024
This position is located in: Eagle Butte

Summary of Position

The Youth Care Worker is responsible for the care and supervision of youth residents at the Sacred Heart Center Child Services program in all facets (including physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being) of their daily lives. Youth Care Workers are direct care staff and are responsible for 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 Youth Care Worker Supervisor

Core Responsibilities

Core Responsibilities have not yet been established.


  1. Participate in program activities, staff meetings, coalition meetings and trainings regularly as directed by supervisor.
  2. Maintain client and SHC personnel confidentiality.
  3. Responsible for daily supervision of youth residents and being aware of their whereabouts at all times. Responsible for assisting in assuring that all client needs are directly met. Supervising and communicating with clients in a non-judgmental, caring Implement the daily program schedule, in addition to organizing and carrying out activities with clients throughout schedules shifts.
  4. Maintain professional boundaries with clients and demonstrate/ensure that healthy staff to client working relationships are maintained. Maintaining courteous and professional relationships with supervisor, co-workers, clients, client family members, placing agency staff and referral agency staff.
  5. Responsible for managing crisis situations professionally and following agency policies and procedures related to emergencies.
  6. Daily implementation of and adherence to assigned treatment plan services for each client. Supervise client family visits and other contact as assigned. Transporting clients to appointments, school, activities, etc.
  7. Assist in admittance and discharge procedures of clients.
  8. Daily maintaining complete and accurate records, incident reports, daily staff logs/vehicle logs and reading assigned logs daily. Answering and logging all telephone calls in a professional manner.
  9. Ensure that bedroom checks, self-harm checks, drug tests, etc. are completed per program procedures.
  10. Educate clients on emergency safety procedures including but not limited to, fire and tornado drills.
  11. All members of the Sacred Heart Center staff are considered Mandated Reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect as required by law. Must understand and adhere to SHC policy and procedure for documenting and reporting any suspected child abuse or neglect.
  12. Responsible for daily care of the facility and keeping it clean and in order with the help of the clients. Assisting in meal preparation on weekends and when necessary.
  13. Provides other services and work duties as needed to meet the needs the Sacred Heart Center and its ability to carry out its mission.


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 preferred
  • Must be at least 21 years old


  • Basic computer skills required
  • Interpersonal skills, must be able to communicate effectively
  • Possess a valid South Dakota driver’s license
  • Must have a current certificate or successfully complete CPR and First Aid training within the first two months of employment
  • Ability to pass Safe Crisis Management and Ukeru training, and other trainings as required

Physical Demands

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods.
  • Driving is required.
  • Some supervision may require standing for prolonged periods.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds with assistance.


Expectations of Hours Worked

  • At least 40 hours/week.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours and rotating shifts, including regular weekend, evening, or night shifts as required to meet the workload and client levels.