Caregiver – Youth Specialist Wanted

Caregiver – Youth Specialist

Caregiver, Inc



Youth Specialist

We are looking for: Full-Time, Part-Time, and PRN Youth Behavioral Specialists in Mount Vernon, OH

Pay Starting at: $13.25 with differential pay added on

Caregiver is a leading Texas-based provider of services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that supports clients with the design, delivery, and management or personalized treatment plans in order to help them lead their best lives. We are looking for Direct Support Professionals to join our team!

FIND YOUR PASSION. BE UNIQUE. SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. Everyone at Caregiver, Inc. Company is committed to a common goal – creating a world-class experience for our individuals. We are passionate about what we do while making a difference. We work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and compassion in everything we do because we understand those, we serve have a choice in providers. Our company provides care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead their unique lives independently.

Position Summary:

Under the program coordinator’s general supervision, the Youth Behavioral Specialist supports youth to maximize the quality of his/her life experiences and inspire the confidence of the youth’s family. The Youth Behavioral Specialist offers advanced direct-care skills and knowledge to youth needing the most behavioral health support needs. The Youth Behavioral Specialist supports the youth with activities of daily living and guides youth to be self-directed by teaching decision-making skills and encouraging independence as defined in each youth’s ISP. The Youth Behavioral Specialist promotes the youths’ dignity and provides ongoing supervision to ensure their health and safety. Consistent with training, formal behavior program, and company behavior-support guidelines, the Youth Behavioral Specialist intervenes to minimize the risk associated with youths’ behavioral health support needs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following:

  • Facilitates learning and independence for youths’ daily living and social skills.
  • Provides access to communication and information from the environment in methods that are clear and understandable to the youth.
  • Forms a relationship with the youth that includes recognizing, understanding, and honoring the needs of the youth.
  • Periodic development and preparation of activities for the youth.
  • Completes work log of activities with the youth describing successful and unsuccessful techniques.
  • Provides technical assistance to others working with the youth.
  • Forms a working alliance with the family, neighbors, and professionals with whom the youth has contact.
  • Participates and assists in the development and implementation of the ISP.
  • Documents on areas identified as needs in ISP.
  • Reports accidents and existing dangerous conditions and observes safety practices in regard to the youth’s needs.
  • Works from the written plan for intervention with the family and team members.
  • Transports youth to gain access to community services and resources required by plan of care.
  • Provides instruction and support for the youth in:
  • Meal planning and preparation;
  • Self-care and personal hygiene.
  • Medications that are normally self-administered;
  • Household tasks;
  • Money management;
  • Supervision in safety and security;
  • Interpersonal communications;
  • Meaningful daily schedules and activity routines;
  • Mobility, ambulation, and exercise.
  • Provides behavioral support.
  • Team work – encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity, fosters commitment and team spirit; works cooperatively with others to achieve goals;
  • Observes health, safety, and sanitation policies.
  • Follows all other rules of conduct and policies.
  • Enhances youth services and agency reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Any other tasks assigned by supervisor.

Education and/or Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s license and good driving record (less than six points). Some sites do not require a license.
  • At least 12 months experience working with individuals with intense behavioral health needs OR a bachelor’s degree in a related field.


  • Must complete DODD and agency sponsored training on supporting youth with intensive behavioral health needs.
  • Must complete the DODD sponsored 60-hour competency-based training within the first year of employment.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and communicate effectively in English;
  • Able to recognize emergencies and implement emergency procedures;
  • Demonstrates respect for the patient, his/her property and his/her privacy;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality related to agency activities, personnel actions and youth’s care;
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions in the home without on-site supervision;
  • Knowledge and use of universal precautions and basic infection control procedures.
  • Has on the job experience that shows increased knowledge, skill and abilities in providing services to the more difficult youth

Physical Requirements

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable youths with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties of this job are performing the following:

  • Sitting is 50% of work time;
  • Standing, and walking is 30% of work time;
  • Bending, pushing, pulling, stooping, reaching, and kneeling is 30% of work time;
  • Grasping and finger/hand manipulation is 50% of work time;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds;
  • Must have sufficient eye-hand coordination to operate equipment including, but not limited to, motor vehicle, mechanical equipment, phone, calculator, computer, copier and typewriter.
  • Ability to restrain residents whose ages, heights, and weights vary.
  • Must be in the physical condition to train (and utilize) PAARR training  (physical assault prevention training for handling emotionally challenged youths).
  • Ability to intervene with combative/aggressive youths, participate in strenuous physical training for Handle with Care physical intervention.
  • Ability to perform Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

A home setting, varying degrees of background noise, standard lighting and ventilation, occasional temperature fluctuations are found in the work environment. Each home site is different as it is maintained by the youth.

Why join Caregiver?

Fulfilling work

Our mission is to enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead their unique lives with dignity, independence, and inclusion. We are committed to creating a world-class experience for the individuals we serve.

Family Culture

Inspired by the company’s founders more than 30 years ago, we work hard to keep that “family feel” across each of our locations. We want to be your home away from home.

Professional Growth Opportunities

95% of our organizational leaders started as direct care professionals. By taking a proactive approach in our employee’s growth and professional development, we mitigate employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and drive productivity.


  • FREE virtual doctor visits and prescription DISCOUNT card for ALL employees AND family, save hundreds per visit!
  • NO CREDIT CHECK bank accounts to all employees with cash advance opportunities.
  • $10,000 in tuition reimbursement annually for full-time eligible employees.
  • $10,000 in life insurance for all employees at no cost.
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Voluntary Life Insurance
  • 401K

For more information on our organization, please visit our website


Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $13.25 – $15.25 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 10-hour shift
  • 12-hour shift
  • 8-hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • Caregiving: 1 year (Required)

Shift availability:

  • Day Shift (Preferred)
  • Night Shift (Preferred)
  • Overnight Shift (Preferred)

Work Location: Multiple Locations