Evening Shift Youth Care Specialist - Evening Shift - Full Time - Tuesday - Saturday

  • 14100 Vaughn Rd, Bentonville, AR 72712, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

The mission of Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is to provide a safe haven, high-quality care and hope for the future to children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

Since opening in 1993, the Children’s Shelter has cared for more than 8,500 children in crisis from throughout the state of Arkansas. Our capacity of 48 beds, state-of-the-art complex, on-site school and on-site counseling services make us unique among children’s emergency shelters in Arkansas and our region. The combination of these features creates a stable, secure and loving environment where the hurts that children have experienced can begin to heal.

: Recognize and meet the needs of children with respect, sensitivity and unconditional love;
Excellence: Set the standard for high-quality service to children by performing above the expected; 
Integrity: Strive with our words and actions to be worth of the trust placed in us.


Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter seeks an individual to serve as Youth Care Specialist to play a key role in the day-to-day direct care and supervision of residents while embracing and upholding our mission and values.

Job Description

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Actively supervises and interacts with residents at all times while documenting and communicating with Case Managers and Supervisors concerns and feedback in regards to each resident
  • Actively participates in promoting health development, behavior management, learning and overall individual success with each resident
  • Actively engages with residents in their daily activities, developing positive relationships that supports residents in meeting their goals
  • Works in collaboration with Case Managers, Counseling Staff and Education to meet the overall needs of each resident
  • Transports residents to/from community activities and medical appointments, as assigned
  • Attends and participates in required trainings aimed at understanding and applying child and adolescent development principles
  • Models and promotes positive relationship-building and interactions between residents and staff
  • Adheres to all shelter policies and procedures as set forth by federal and state guidelines as well as by the direction of our Board of Directors and Executive Director
  • Demonstrates and promotes diversity and cultural competency with residents and staff


Minimum Qualifications

  • Twenty-one years of age or older
  • High School diploma or equivalent required
  • Physical stamina and agility required to care for active children and youth
  • Physical ability to use authorized techniques for management of aggressive behaviors
  • Must pass all criminal history, child maltreatment and background checks
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of personal automobile insurance, and acceptable driving record required to drive shelter vehicle and/or for shelter business

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in crisis
  • Experience exercising Trust Based Relational Intervention and Conscious Discipline
  • Relevant college courses or college degree (e.g., Education, Social Work, Human Services, etc)

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes

  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and other database programs
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including but not limited to: computers, telephone systems, calculators, and copiers
  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Flexibility, reliability, and self-motivation
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism, interpersonal skills and strong communication

Additional Information



  • Potential for unpredictable resident behavior
  • Tasks may involve walking, standing, climbing, bending, kneeling, crouching and lifting for long periods of time, both indoors and outdoors
  • Cleaning as directed
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Physical exposure to communicable disease/contagion

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs. Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Qualified candidates must submit a detailed resume and cover letter. 

Tuesday - Saturday Evenings 3:15 pm - 11:30 pm.