Transition Specialist – Residential Programs

Organization Name

Wellroot Family Services


Tucker, GA

Opening Date

July 1, 2021

Closing Date

March 31, 2022


Position: Transition Specialist – Residential Programs
Reports To: TLP Program Manager – Residential Programs
Department: Residential Programs
Location: Tucker, GA
FSLA: Exempt
Job Summary:

The Transition Specialist provides direct support to the Life Coach and Transition Support Team and maintains the community living skills and support for young adults as they develop a higher level of independence. The Transition Support role typically provides services to youth on a day to day basis that support permanency, safety and well-being. The position also supports clients with life skills training, watchful oversight, support and guidance so they may attain a level of independence to live on their own.

Shift: Sunday - Thursday 11pm - 7am

Supervises/monitors youth’s progress, based on youth’s skills development and level of maturity as outlines in the client’s Supervision and Independence and Safety and Crisis management plans
Orient new clients upon entry in the program
Work in partnership with the Wellroot Life Coaches and other staff to develop and implement a plan for clients
Teach and support individualized life skills according to the ISSP, CLSA results, and based on youth’s need. Life skills including but not limited to; grocery shopping, self-care, daily living tasks, communications, budgeting, community living and socialization and community mobility
Document at least four (4) efforts weekly individualized independent living skills development activities for each youth on assigned Transition Support Team that are aligned with the ISSP goals
Offer job search training in areas such as resume’ writing and interviewing
Provide budgeting and daily living skills by supporting and monitoring weekly budgeting
Provide applicable phone numbers to TLP youth in order to ensure twenty-four (24) hour access to appropriate personnel within the agency
Appropriately maintain keys to each TLP youth’s housing to ensure twenty-four (24) hour access to all TLP residences
Ensuring and enforcing program expectations to ensure safety, growth and life skill development of the youth in the program
Assist clients in establishing and maintaining involvement in community recreation and productive leisure time activities
Encourage the spiritual growth of each client by connecting them with spiritual resources on staff or in the community
Teach within an evidence informed practice to encourage and supervise the reduction/elimination of maladaptive behaviors and follow individualized skills and service plans for clients
Ensure that supervision is designed to allow the agency observation of the youth is practicing healthy life skills and sound decision-making
Participates in service meetings with other personnel as appropriate
Maintain required RBWO standards of supervision of residents at all times.
Support and maintain an environment of emotional and physical safety for clients
Documents all reportable and non-reportable incidents that occur with clients and notify the appropriate parties within timeframe outlines in program policy
Increase the client’s social and financial independence resulting in decreased oversight to ensure self-sufficiency
Provide schedules, routines environments and engagement of youth in the program
Assist clients in obtaining medical services
Transport clients to necessary medical, dental, mental health, educational appointments and job interviews/career fairs
Transport youth to or from work or school when necessary
Complete required record-keeping and documentation accurately and in a timely manner
Maintain confidentiality of client information
Maintain appropriate professional boundaries
Utilize a percentage of hours on assigned caseload as determined by supervisor
Maintain required certifications and training hours
Adhere to the organization’s policies and procedures, and demonstrate support of the mission, vision and values
Administer life skills assessments at prescribed intervals
21 Years of age or older
High school diploma or equivalent is required; a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in the area of human services, social work, non-profit management or behavioral health is preferred; Master’s Degree in Social Work also preferred
Minimum two years of work experience in a State of Georgia-regulated child welfare program is required; experience working with older adolescent population preferred
Possess a valid Georgia driver’s license
Computer skills including basic proficiency and experience working with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Power point, Excel and ability to perform data entry tasks
Be familiar with and perform duties in accordance with RBWO (Room Board and Watchful Oversight) standards
Subject to flexible hours, including split shifts or varied days and times, including mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends, depending on program needs
Regularly travel in the community, drives an agency-owned vehicle, and transports clients
Must participate in at least twenty-four (24) hours of annual training. At least twelve (12) hours should be directly related to work with teens including understanding developmental needs of adolescents and strength-based assessments
Willing to enthusiastically support the mission, vision and values of Wellroot
Essential Demonstrated Skills and Abilities:
Ability to develop and maintain professionally appropriate therapeutic relationships with each client; ability to maintain positive working relationships with staff and other related persons
Ability to complete a needs assessment of client’s independent living skills
Understanding of service planning and person-centered planning and delivery
General knowledge of social services, record keeping, reporting requirements and confidentiality
Ability to read, write and speak the English language at a level that meets the performance requirements
Ability to make independent decision when circumstances warrant such action
Ability and willingness to maintain a positive demeanor
Ability to effectively communicate with others
Willingness to respect the lifestyle choices of others, including but not limited to sexuality, religion, and political affiliation
Ability to implement any therapeutic intervention as required
Consistent demonstration of emotional stability
Ability and willingness to follow deadlines and/or complete assignments/trainings as assigned by supervisor
Work Requirements:
Regularly travel in the community, drives an agency-owned vehicle, and transports clients
Work in a variety of settings
Sit, stand, walk, bend, lift, move, squat, climb stairs, reach above shoulder level, kneels, pus, or pull intermittently during working hours
Has regular contact with clients and their staff, family members, and the general public
May be subject to hostile and emotionally upset clients, staff, family members, or the general public
May be subject to physically aggressive clients and may be required to apply crisis intervention strategies
May be required to assist clients in hygiene
Attend and participate in a variety of educational programs designed to increase knowledge and expertise in the field
Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds