Relief Skills Trainer, The Nest

Boys & Girls Aid


The Relief Skills Trainer designs individual and group skill building activities in the Stabilization Home and the community for each assigned shift. This position requires an effective communicator who can interact with internal and external customers in calm and assertive manner while performing care for the youth in accordance to Agency policies and procedures.


  • Drives own car or agency vehicle to various locations as a regular part of performed work
  • Supervises youth in program as assigned by the Program Director
  • Executes behavior-shaping interventions, facilitates appropriate communications, models suitable problem solving and conflict resolution skills while providing care, supervision, and monitoring whereabouts of youth
  • Introduces youth to standards of behavior in conjunction with the foster parent; guides appropriate interactions, and intercedes when behavior is inappropriate
  • Guides recreational and cultural activities onsite and in the community to help youth incorporate new skills and be exposed to positive community life in coordination with foster parents and staff
  • Coordinates and implements skill building elements of youth’s service plans through consistent interaction with each client’s Therapeutic Care Coordinator
  • Provides timely and accurate distribution and documentation of prescription medications to youth if directed while foster parent is away or while working in Stabilization Home
  • Keeps accurate records of relevant client daily behaviors, progress, regression, needs, incidents, etc. in Efforts to Outcome (ETO) client tracking database within identified timelines in accordance with quality assurance and state licensing standards; notifies immediately the Program Director, Therapeutic Care Coordinator, and/or the on-call supervisor in emergency situations when needed
  • Maintains consistency with Nest program and Agency rules, routines and policies
  • Communicates clearly and respectfully with other staff, youth, family members, foster parents, and outside community partners
  • Participates in provided training, support, and communication with other program employees
  • Presents individual and group activities based on individual service plans and curriculum for assigned age group of youth
  • Coordinates, schedules, and transports youth in personal car or Agency van to medical, dental, and other necessary appointments or events during programming hours when needed
  • Joins routinely in and interacts with youth during physical activities playing on outdoor equipment (e.g., slides, swing sets) and games
  • Conducts nonviolent crisis interventions (NVCI)
  • Performs Youth Care Specialist duties while working scheduled or on-call shifts at Stabilization Home
  • Performs additional duties as assigned by The Nest Rehabilitation & Foster Care Service Program Director


Must be able to provide appropriate services and interact appropriately with people from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and other cultural groups, considering their needs and impact of the interaction.

  • Job Knowledge: Master’s Degree with major study in social work, psychology, sociology, or a related field and a minimum one (1) year experience, OR a Bachelor’s degree in one of those fields with at least two (2) years of experience. Must have demonstrated knowledge and prior experience in providing services to young children in an individual and group setting including knowledge of Trauma Informed Care and DHS Child Welfare/Foster Care. Level 5
  • Supervising: Directly supervises up to 2-3 clients at one time in residential facility, foster home, or community. Responsible for maintaining group safety and appropriate interactions among children. Level 1
  • Decision Making: Decision making, problem-solving, and/or recommendations within scope of position responsibilities. Must often work independently in the residential and foster home settings. Level 4
  • Interpersonal Skills/Interactions: Regularly interacts and communicates with a broad range of people, both in foster homes and community. Communicates regularly with community partners. May have substantial, but limited contact with the public. Level 4
  • Impact: Customer service is an important part of the job, and actions influence client’s sense of satisfaction. Some program development is part of the job responsibility. Ability to influence client treatment outcomes occurs regularly but is limited to personal interactions with assigned clients and assigned foster parents. Level 3

REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES (including Licenses and/or Certifications)


  • Must possess a valid driver’s license from state of residence (Oregon or Washington), personal automobile liability insurance, and pass a DMV driving record check.
  • Must meet the driving requirements under the Agency Safe Driving Policy and maintain a good driving record that is eligible for coverage by the agency’s current insurance provider
  • Requires the use of a personal vehicle for transporting clients
  • Must successfully pass the Department of Human Services (DHS) criminal background check and, if applicable, fingerprinting
  • Must be able to pass the pre-employment reference checks
  • Must be able to provide official grade transcripts, including the education level, from all educational institutions mentioned in the education section of the employment application.
  • Must be able to provide a copy of own social security card for W-4 documentation
  • Must be able to provide applicable documentation for I-9 in order to establish identity and authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Must maintain First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Must successfully complete NVCI training


  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communications skills, including ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement contractor requirements as they pertain to the program and how program fits in the Agency
  • Engages with all internal and external customers with tact and empathy
  • Ability to handle difficult people or situations in a courteous manner
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks with competing timelines for multiple stakeholders
  • Technology literate, including ability to use computers, operating and networked systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint), etc.
  • Requires the ability to drive an eight (8) passenger van
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and physical ability to perform assigned tasks


  • Regular and reliable attendance is required to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, which may include working nights, weekends, and holidays
  • May work outside or transport clients under a variety of conditions. Will need to drive clients in own car or agency van or vehicle. May transport up three (3) youth unaided
  • Stands, walks, bends, stoops, and sits with young children and in front of a computer screen on a consistent basis; must be able to keyboard and use wrists and hands
  • May lift or carry up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis
  • Will work with children involved in the Child Welfare system; may encounter highly anxious/agitated youth and their families; interactions with young children are unpredictable and carry some personal risks while performing assigned work
  • Must successfully complete NVCI training
  • Employee is required to be able to walk up and down stairs in order to perform duties
  • Ability to engage in physical activities with youth in a sports or outdoor setting, such as: basketball, kickball, soccer, etc.
  • May work alone on some shifts
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually loud

Note: This job description is representative of the major position requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

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