Sheltering Arms (formerly Episcopal Social Services) strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.
Youth Development Specialists (YDS) are the guardians of the daily milieu and their role is absolutely central in our efforts to help the youth residing in the facility. The YDS supervise their assigned children in everyday life from the time they get up in the morning to the time they go to bed, and through the night. They participate in daily living routines. From morning to night, the Youth Development Specialist guides the children in establishing and maintaining health promoting and socially desirable habits, regarding personal hygiene, grooming, diet and mealtime behavior, leisure time activities and interaction with peers and adults. They support and maintain standards of good care, safety and order. Generally, they provide a strong sense of security and well being for each youth by assuring protection from being hurt physically or abused emotionally. They are concerned about youth’s health needs. Under medical or nursing supervision, they may care for a youth who is ill, give first aid and dispense medication. They encourage and, as necessary, assist youth in their formal education by helping with homework and conveying a positive attitude toward learning. Through participation in maintaining clean and attractive housing conditions, they help the youth develop constructive attitudes toward work as well as pride in their living environment. They are involved in planning and organizing leisure time activities with the children. They encourage participation in group games and development of skills. Youth Development Specialist conveys a sense of empathy and encourages a trusting relationship between youth and themselves. They interpret to youth the agency’s/DJJ policies and requirements. They consult, share information and participate with members of other disciplines in planning and evaluation conferences.
It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.
Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms.