Childcare Worker Job at Catholic Charities of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

  • Catholic Charities of San Francisco
  • San Francisco, CA

Job Description


Catholic Charities is one of the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive nonprofit human services organizations in Northern California, annually reaching more than 60,000 vulnerable individuals of all faiths in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. With a staff of approximately 450, reaching peaks of nearly 600 with seasonal hires, a budget of $54.3 million, and a current governing board of 27, this venerable, fully-accredited, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit addresses some of the most pressing community needs – homelessness, generational poverty, immigration, inequality, hunger, aging in isolation, and communicable disease -- to name a few – with compassion and services of highest quality. 


Catholic Charities Boys’ & Girls’ Homes provide residential treatment and mental health services to adjudicated youth ages 12-18, most of whom are transitioning out of a juvenile hall setting. A combination of therapeutic, educational, day treatment, and recreational programs address the multiple and diverse needs of each child. The youth live in two residential San Francisco houses, which are staffed 24 hours a day.

Child Care Worker collectively develop and maintain secure home like environments in which youth ages 12 – 18 years old with severe emotional disturbances can experience stable, healthy attachments and develop more age appropriate social skills. Child Care Workers implement and integrate the youth’s treatment plans throughout all aspects of the youth’s day-to-day activities. Child Care Workers also carry out various agency policies and procedures to ensure the smooth administration, coordination and operation of the various residential programs. Child Care Workers are responsible to the Program Supervisor.

  • Set nurturing, but firm and consistent limits for individual residents and the group, so as to facilitate both individual and group control, and to model and teach both individuals and the group how to develop age-appropriate behavior and self-control.
  • Develop, encourage, and model participation in established campus and house schedules, routines & programs.
  • Help residents contain their impulsive and dangerous behaviors, through the establishment of the aforementioned structured, consistent routines, through the maintenance of the aforementioned limits, through verbal intervention and redirection.
  • Perform general housekeeping responsibilities such as cleaning, menu planning, shopping cooking and laundry, as they relate to individual residents, the group, and the overall upkeep of the house, and model and teach the execution of those responsibilities as well.
  • Perform food preparation duties such as: menu planning; prepare and serve meals; supervise cleanup of kitchen and dining areas, storage areas, and ensure all necessary areas are secured; Involve residents in preparation, serving and clean-up as appropriate; and prepare meal production records, and document residents served.
  • Creatively implement, participate in, and make use of the philosophy, opportunities, and facilities of the ongoing educational, clinical, recreational, day treatment and extracurricular programs designed to meet client needs.
  • Transport and supervise residents to, from and during various outings, locations, appointments, home visits, & community-based activities in accordance with all procedures and policies regarding outings and the use of Agency vehicles, including the ability to obtain a valid California driver’s license and other licenses as necessary to operate agency vehicles.
  • Be familiar with individual residents’ treatment plans, and integrate residents’ treatment plans into all aspects of their day to day treatment at San Francisco Boys’ and Girls’ Home, including all program activities, recreation activities, and crisis intervention. Support, direct, and advocate for youth to access to all treatment and program related activities. 
  • Provide documentation such as charting in resident logs, critical incident reports, communication logs, day treatment logs & reports and milieu reports.
  • When required, participate in individual, group, and family therapy, as directed by any administrator or clinician.
  • Act as partner to parents and facilitate family contact, as appropriate.
  • Participate in case conferences and, as required, other treatment planning forums such as I.E.P.s and court hearings. 
  • Be familiar with and liaison with Health Care Services, and implement health care systems and procedures such as infection control, first aide, diet, and medication distribution within the individual residents’ treatment plans.
  • Be familiar with the philosophy and procedures of residents’ education programs, and act as liaison between their schools and the house programs. Assist in the integration of school input into other modalities, and other modalities back into the school program. Be available for crisis intervention work at the school and act as a support system while residents are in attendance.
  • Be familiar with and make use of, as necessary, the administrative organization of San Francisco Boys & Girls Home and its established decision-making supervisory channels.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled supervision with immediate supervisor and be able to receive feedback, make changes, and discuss your own issues as they come up and relate to the job.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled staff training and apply training to the work.
  • Be familiar with and implement, as required, agency policies and procedures regarding emergency situations.
  • Be familiar with and administer, according to established policy and procedures, house accounting systems and the following: clothing and personal need allowances; personal allowances; recreation funds; food & house supply purchasing.
  • Be familiar with and properly utilize Agency forms, ledgers, logs and charts.
  • Help orient and train new staff, as directed by the Program Supervisor.
  • Provide a positive role model for individual residents and the group through the following professional standards: maintaining supportive relationships with other staff; being able to both give and receive feedback; maintaining high standards of personal hygiene, grooming, and appropriate standards of personal dress; maintaining clear boundaries between personal life and professional behavior on the job; displaying situation-appropriate emotional responses; maintaining identification within the duties and responsibilities of a Group Counselor as outlined in this job description, not with the identity of the residential group; consistently supporting agency policies, philosophy, and ethics; eing punctual in arriving for shifts, meetings and appointments.
  • Maintain awareness of the nurturing aspects of all Child Care Worker duties, and perform these Child Care Worker duties in such a way as to foster appropriate nurturing aspects.
  • Perform all other such duties as directed by supervisor.
  • Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree is preferred, especially in a Behavioral Science; OR
  • Child Development Teaching permit OR 12 units of Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Development, Foster and Kinship Care Education or Psychology; OR
  • 1 year experience with residential treatment, juvenile justice system, teaching, recreation, childcare, substance abuse treatment or other youth social service work.
  • Child Care Workers must possess a valid California Driver’s License.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Possess a valid California Driver's License.
  • Be 21 years old or older.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings.
  • Ability to be a positive role model for individual residents and the group.
  • Ability to maintain supportive relationships with other staff.
  • Ability to both give and receive feedback.
  • Maintain high standards of personal hygiene, grooming, and appropriate standards of personal dress.
  • Maintain clear boundaries between personal life and professional behavior on the job.
  • Display situation-appropriate emotional responses.
  • Maintain identification within the duties and responsibilities of a Childcare Worker as outlined in this job description, not with the identity of the residential group.
  • Consistent in supporting agency policies, philosophy, and ethics.
  • Punctual in arriving for shifts, meetings and appointments.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), Catholic Charities SF does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. Furthermore, Catholic Charities SF does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, legal domicile status, veteran status, disability or AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Job Tags

Full time, Seasonal work, Immediate start, Work from home, Shift work, Weekend work, Afternoon shift,

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