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Youth Care Associate

May 14, 2021

Change a life, every single day.  The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes (KyUMH) is seeking passionate, mission driven individuals interested in life-changing work. Our goal is to help our clients find healing and build a brighter future through professional therapeutic interventions. We believe every child is a person of worth, entitled to God’s gift of wholeness of life.

Are you a person with a passion to care for youth, encourage hope and advance their healing?  If you say “Yes,” we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about joining our team of mission driven women and men providing direct care services and supervision for youth to ensure their healing in our treatment programs. If you are interested in the field of social work, human services, child welfare or counseling, you may be a good fit for our team. Past experience in social work or human services is not required for this position.

We embrace the philosophy of the Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni and seeks staff who embody these characteristics of Humble, Hungry and Smart.


KyUMH will provide you with . . .

·       Full pay while you train and learn about our youth counseling (advocacy, care) programs

·       Employee Assistance Program

·       Affordable benefits for full time – health,dental, vision, vacation, retirement and more

·       A regular schedule that will help you plan your life and meet your needs

·       Opportunities in the greater Lexington or Owensboro area for gaining and expanding your professional skills.

KyUMH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

KyUMH is committed to maintaining a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Positions Available:
$15-$16/hr based on experience and education
Primary Shift:
Day/Night Shift
Reports to:
Summary of function:

A Youth Care Associate provides nurturing, therapeutic support and supervision of our children and youth throughout the course of all daily activities and responsibilities. We are currently hiring for both full-time and substitute positions.

Organizational Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Can support KYUMH’s mission and vision as evidenced by compliance with all organizational policies and procedures.
  2. Supports and facilitates positive interaction with others as evidenced by: professional maturity, respect for others, a team-centered approach, maintenance of confidential information, and an appreciation of a multicultural workplace.
  3. Exhibits effective communication skills including proper use of agency communication systems.
  4. Exhibits sound stewardship by effectively managing information resources to achieve the objectives of The Kentucky United Methodist Children's Homes.
  5. Supports all functions that attain and maintain accreditation with regulatory agencies.
  6. Participates in appropriate professional development programs and in services to attain and maintain competency.
Supervisory Duties:
Job Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Teaching appropriate behavior.
  • Acting as a positive role model (i.e. appropriate language, dress and social skills).
  • Creating and participating in recreational activities.
  • Supporting treatment plan implementation.
  • Providing knowledge to improve life skills.
  • Assuming responsibility for a variety of campus activities, including but not limited to: driving a campus vehicle, transporting clients, preparing clients for visits, clothing or supply shopping.
  • Willing and capable of physically managing children when they are a danger to themselves or others (training will be provided).
  • Encouraging a safe and healthy lifestyle (i.e. meal preparation, routine chore supervision, laundry, minor maintenance or cleaning tasks).

On-Call Responsibilities:
Desired Skills:

The ideal candidate would be:

  • Passionate about helping at-risk youth.
  • Interested or experienced in the fields of social work, human services, child welfare or counseling.
  • Skilled at building relationships.
  • Adaptable and willing to learn.

Job Specifications:
  • Minimum qualifications include a High School Diploma or GED.
  • A valid Kentucky Driver’s License.
  • Must submit to extensive background investigations.
  • Must submit to drug test.
  • Must be able to perform Safe Crisis Management skills (training provided).
  • Must be trained in CPR/First Aid (training provided).
How to Apply:

Submit an application at kyumh.org/application. Please also send your resume to our Human Resources department.

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