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Ranch Hope is currently recruiting Residential Staff for for our Williamstown Shelter. In this position, you will assist youth who are in out of home placement while awaiting next steps on various issues that have made it unsafe for them to live at home. You will assist them in responding to a variety of adverse childhood experiences that have impacted their ability to live in a less restrictive environment. In this role you will be provided with training on trauma informed care and the Nurtured Heart Approach to help you assist each youth in identifying their own unique greatness.

Since 1964 our mission has been to transform lives through Christ-centered love and compassion while providing residential treatment, shelter, camp, special education and independent living services to youth from throughout the state of New Jersey. In this position you will be mentoring and supervising youth in an out of home setting as they strive to reach their treatment goals.

Ranch Hope provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes 90 % paid Horizon Health Insurance, Life and Long Term Disability Insurance, voluntary disability and dental and a 401(k) retirement plan with 100 % match on the first 3 % you defer and a 50 % match on the next 2 % you defer.

Specific job information is listed below:

Position Summary: Support the Core Values of Ranch Hope by upholding all standards relating to quality, partnership, integrity, empowerment, stewardship and compassion. Under supervision of the Treatment Unit Supervisor work with other members of the treatment team to provide direct basic client care, supervision, instruction, behavior modification, recreation and other individual/group services to youth in a structured setting. All services provided will promote the emotional, spiritual & social growth of our youth and will emphasize positive, professional role modeling as well as interpersonal relationships.


· Knowledge of State and Federal laws regarding client/student rights to privacy

· Understanding of relevant reporting requirements for the State of New Jersey

· Understanding and compliance with staff to resident ratios required by licensing

· Understanding and compliance with all Ranch Hope policies and procedures


· Ability to serve as a positive and professional role model through compassionate, nurturing, empathetic and tolerant interpersonal communications

· Ability to demonstrate respect, cooperation, consideration and tact in working with subordinates, peers, supervisors, vendors and others

· Ability to diffuse agitated or disruptive situations through use of supportive/directive responses

· Ability to utilize nonviolent physical crisis intervention techniques to resolve dangerous situations

· Ability to recognize and respect cultural and ethnic differences

· Ability to remain aware of the location of all supervised residents while managing multiple priorities

· Ability to be punctual and attend all scheduled work shifts on a consistent basis

Duties & Responsibilities:

· Supervise the interactions and activities of youth in individual and group setting

· Develop and maintain positive relationship with residents

· Maintain required staff to resident ratios

· Effectively anticipate, redirect and respond to crisis and emergency situations in a timely manner

· Provide basic care and guidance to youth relating to personal hygiene, routine health and medical care

· Participate in a variety of structured leisure time activities as well as events to foster social, emotional and spiritual growth

· Transport residents in approved vehicles to off campus locations and appointments

· Administer medication and maintain required information in medication logs

· Conduct staggered bed checks during non-awake hours

· Submit critical incident reports, nightly logs and reports of activities in a timely manner

· Report any and all allegations or concerns regarding abuse or neglect immediately to the Administrator on Duty

· Ensure treatment unit office and client areas are clean and in a good state of repair and report any hazardous or unsafe conditions to Residential Services Manager

· Use positive communication skills with residents and staff

· Set a good example for residents in conduct, attendance an conflict resolution'

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Pay: $18.00 - $21.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

COVID-19 considerations:
All Staff and residence are required to wear facemask inside buildings at all times. Staff are required to be vaccinated or tested once a week.


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • Youth Care: 1 year (Required)


  • Driver's License (Required)
  • CPR Certification (Required)

Work Location: In person


High school or equivalent (Required)

Youth Care: 1 year (Required)

Driver's License (Required)

CPR Certification (Required)


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