Youth Care Worker

Austin, TX
Full Time
SAFE Children's Shelter
Entry Level

Youth Care Worker

SAFE Children’s Shelter seeks a full-time Youth Care Worker. Our Children’s shelter serves youth in foster care ages 0-22.  Every child we serve has trauma in their history.  Our Youth Care Workers play a mentor role for our youth.  Overall our daily goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment on a daily basis.

About SAFE:

  • SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
  • The SAFE Alliance grew out of the courageous work of the Center for Battered Women, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Austin Children’s Shelter, all respected, women-led human service agencies created by volunteers and informed by survivors who needed support, safety and justice.
  • With over 20 programs and 400 staff, we have been serving the Austin community and beyond for over 30 years.
  • The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including: Black, Indigenous, and  People of Color; LGBTQ+ identified people; gender-nonconforming people; individuals with disabilities; veterans; and people who speak a language in addition to English. 

About this position:

  • We need you to fill the role of Youth Care Worker. This is a FULL-TIME, NON-EXEMPT position at our Rathgeber Village Campus.  We will pay you an hourly salary of $18.00 per hour. Currently the available shifts are:
    • Front Half AM (Sun-Weds 6am-3pm)
    • Front Half PM (Sun-Weds 2pm-11pm)
    • Back Half AM (Weds-Sat 6am-3pm)
    • Back Half PM (Weds-Sat 2pm-11pm)

Key Duties:

  • Monitoring the behavior and activities of children and youth in a residential child care setting.
  • Providing a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment.
  • Providing direct care programs and services to assigned children.
  • Serving as a positive role model to the children and youth.
  • Applying approved behavior modification techniques to de-escalate inappropriate behaviors.
  • Performing physical containments of youth when necessary to prevent harm to self or to others.
  • Providing positive reinforcement and support to youth.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage emotions and perform in high pressure and/or crisis situation with calm, care, and unconditional positive regard for youth.


  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Have a valid, State of Texas Driver’s License, and: 
    • At least three (3) consecutive years of driving experience OR one (1) year of driving experience if over 27 years of age; and
    • An acceptable driving record; and
      • If in possession of an out-of-state license, obtain a State of Texas Driver’s License within 90 days of beginning employment.
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED (Bachelor’s degree preferred).
  • One year experience working with youth, especially when working with youth in a residential or foster care setting preferred.

  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well as submit to a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
  • Adhere to our Guiding Principles, Mission, Core Competencies and Confidentiality Policy.
  •  All employees are required to comply with policies regarding COVID-19, which may be subject to change.  COVID vaccines are still highly recommended, and we encourage employees to get vaccinated if they are able.

About our benefits:

  • Full-time employees receive employer paid health insurance, short-term disability, and life insurance. *
  • Optional dental, vision and pet insurance. *
  • 403(b) retirement plan with an employer match, and 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 4 Personal Holidays, 7 Paid holidays, and more*
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.

*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc. 

For a more comprehensive list of all openings at SAFE, please visit our job board.  


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