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LifeWorks Austin Published: November 5, 2019
Austin, TX
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LifeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to being fearless advocates for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. We are committed to innovative problem solving, shared accountability, and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable, and measurable results for the clients we serve. Every member of our staff serves a meaningful purpose linked to our client's experience. Careers at LifeWorks offer opportunities for personal and professional growth and development while making an immediate difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.

LifeWorks is searching for a Youth Care Worker II who can demonstrate leadership skill, function independently, and take initiative working in a rewarding and challenging transitional housing environment with at-risk young adults in our Permanency through Outreach and Rapid Transitions (PORT) Program! The PORT Program is a 15-bed transitional housing program for youth and young adults ages 18-24 in Travis County to have a short-term place to stay while they transition from homelessness to permanent housing through our Rapid Rehousing program. Our services are client-driven, strengths-based, and trauma-informed to support our mission of empowering self-sufficiency.

The Youth Care Worker II will focus on developing and implementing independent living skills as well as planning and coordinating activities for the program. There will also be the opportunity to learn supervisory skills, such as coaching and training staff as well as identifying areas of opportunity for the program and proposing solutions. All Youth Care Workers are responsible for monitoring, supervising, transporting, and meeting basic needs of youth in a way that positively supports their development as well as their individual goals. Our ideal candidate is compassionate, flexible, a good multi-tasker and communicator who is dependable and able to work alone or in a team.

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  • Supervises clients within facility and ensures a safe environment is maintained by completing regular perimeter walks, room checks, facility/room searches, and ongoing visual checks of facility.
  • Assists clients with their day-to-day needs including occasional meal preparation, assistance with case management activities, transportation, cleaning activities, and administers daily medications.
  • Ensures facility cleanliness and maintenance is within licensing standards including light cleaning in common and staff areas as well as in the kitchen.
  • Documents and maintains daily written records of client whereabouts and incidents and communicates information with team members while maintaining client confidentiality in accordance with state and federal laws.
  • Transports clients and/or helps organize transportation arrangements for clients to a variety of outings including staff-led community-based activities.
  • Consistently interacts with youth using LifeWorks' client-focused and strengths-based approaches. Includes supporting day to day activities of youth and relating to clients as they move toward their individual goals while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Manages emotional, physical, and verbally escalated situations by initiating de-escalation techniques as well as restraints utilizing "Handle with Care" techniques when necessary.
  • Maintains core activities on a rotating basis, such as managing activity board, submitting expense report for gas cards, and similar activities.



  • Required Requires a Bachelor's degree preferably in human services field and 1+ year related experience; or
  • Requires a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and 3+ years of related experience; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • May require some vocational training.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.