New Horizons- AGH and RTC
Policies and Procedures
I. Reporting Relationship
Position reports to: Program Director and Administrator
II. Basic Functions
The Supervisor meets all basic needs of the children and ensures treatment plans are met. The Supervisor also oversees overall function of the Audrey Grace House and provides leadership to all direct care staff.
III. Essential Functions
1. Attend staff meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, and any other programs that assure the completion of the required annual continuing education hours. Is responsible for the implementation of New Horizons Philosophy and all New Horizons training received.
2. Stay abreast of New Horizons policies and procedures and licensing standards and interpret them to children and staff as necessary.
3. Actively participates in the development of staff, coverage of shifts, and oversight of each group.
4. Actively participate in the treatment program of the children with guidance and assistance of the treatment team and maintain daily progress notes on each child. Caregivers must sign and date each progress note at the time the progress note is completed.
a. Be aware of children’s habits, interests, and any special needs.
b. Provide a safe environment.
c. Cultivate developmentally appropriate independence in children through planned but flexible program activities.
d. Positively reinforce children’s efforts and accomplishments.
e. Ensure continuity of care for children by sharing with incoming caregivers information about each child’s activities during the previous shift and any verbal or written instructions by the parent or other professionals.
5. Be aware of and accountable for each child’s on-going activity.
a. Assist children when they plan to go on a visit or in making phone calls.
b. Listen to the children and help them work through problems.
c. Assist children with personal hygiene in the care of their bodies, obtain supplies as needed for children, report condition of children, and keep written records as necessary.
d. Administer psychotropic medication and over the counter medications and treatment as prescribed or recommended by the child’s physician. Keep written records of all medications. Must complete “Medication Training” before administering psychotropic medication.
e. Keep order in the dining room and supervise table manners, cleanliness, etc.
f. Assist children in making beds, changing linens, cleaning rooms, and adding to the attractiveness of their living area.
g. Check and report needs of living areas and all children buildings for safety, health, fire, or disaster hazards.
h. Transport children to hospital, clinics, office appointments, school, recreational and social activities both on and off campus.
i. Assist children with care of their clothing and keep children’s clothing and personal property properly marked.
j. Assist children with all their meetings.
6. Provide the level of supervision necessary to ensure each child’s and each staff’s safety and well- being, including auditory and/or visual awareness of each child’s on-going activity as appropriate, including close supervision for a specific child or providing direct observation for a child who may be at risk of harming themselves or others.
7. Be able to intervene when necessary to ensure each child’s safety.
8. In deciding how closely to supervise a child, the caregiver must take into account:
a. The child’s age.
b. The child’s individual differences and abilities.
c. The indoor and outdoor layout of the operation.
d. Surrounding circumstances, hazards, and risks.
e. The child’s physical, mental, emotional and social needs.
9. Update the log regarding the children with which you have had contact and aid other staff in learning to do this appropriately.
10. If you take a child on overnight visits to your house, you must see that they are properly fed, ledged, supervised, and their health, safety, and well-being is protected. You must know how to obtain emergency medical care. New Horizons must have written permission from the caseworker before this visit.
11. Perform other duties as assigned by the Team Leader.
12. Has been previously promoted to CDS II
13. Passed Trainer Level Written and Oral Exam.
14. Ability to show and explain mastery in areas of Philosophy and Guidelines.
15. Knows and understands the successful staff and leadership staff philosophies.
16. Must exhibit the ability to role model, train and lead others.
Experience: Must be at least 21 years old, and must be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED). Supervisory experience preferred.
Functional Requirements: Must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills, leadership skills, and organizational skills. Requires considerable walking. Requires good hearing to assess situations quickly and respond appropriately. Must be able to perform CPR and First Aid. Must be capable of responding to a client at times when the client is a danger to self or others up to and including physical restraint., and must have extensive prior experience which demonstrates their cognitive ability to assist the child and/or staff in difficult times.
Working Conditions: Mixed indoor and outdoor environment, involving continuous interaction with students, requires flexible hours.