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Youth Care Specialist I (7212)

Company: Lutheran Services Florida
Location: Murdock
Posted on: October 11, 2021

Job Description:

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong and communities are vibrant.

Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services, including:

  • early childhood education
  • refugee and immigration
  • mental health and substance abuse
  • juvenile justice
  • child welfare

Do you have a passion for working with youth? Lutheran Services of Florida focuses on the idea of making a positive difference in the lives of the youth & at risk populations. LSF is looking for talented Youth Care Specialists who wants to make an impact in the lives of youth ages 10-17! Flexible schedules required! Looking for night and weekends workers.

HOURS NEEDED:  7a-3p, 3p-11p, 11p-7a

This position is located in Ft. Myers!

Purpose & Impact

This is a direct service delivery position. The Youth Care Specialist supervises residents, provides quality care, ensures a safe and secure environment and transports and accompanies residents with outside activities. You will be the role model and encourage each resident to pursue educational growth as well as everyday life skills.

Pay is $11 hour starting rate, increased to $12 an hour after 1 year of experience.  

A Day in the Life of a Youth Care Specialist

  • Provide supportive environment for youth.
  • Provide daily security and up-keep of facility.
  • As directed, participate in the implementation and monitoring of client case plans.
  • Participate in various in-service training sessions.
  • Attend staff meetings, as directed.
  • Assist with supervision of residents during activities.
  • Effectively manages behavior and supervision of residents during activities.
  • Assign and supervise chores.
  • Prepare meals as needed.
  • Screen clients, conduct initial intakes and administer client satisfaction surveys when so directed.
  • Complete required initial paperwork for clients.
  • Oversee shelter clients self-administering all medication.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability and flexibility to work extended hours and be flexible with scheduling
  • Valid state driver’s license and proof of auto insurance


Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent


Experience working with youth/troubled youth in an organized/structured setting preferred.

License, Certification and Screening:

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) requires those hired into this position to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (including any booster shots, if required) or must become fully vaccinated within the first 30 days of employment.  Failure to provide timely proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with LSF.

Any individuals subject to this requirement may submit for consideration a request to be exempted from the requirement (based on a valid religious or medical reason) on forms to be provided by LSF.  Such requests will be subject to review and approval by the Company, and exemptions will be granted only if the Company can provide a reasonable accommodation in relation to the requested exemption.  Note that approvals for reasonable accommodations are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and availability of a reasonable accommodation is not guaranteed.  This vaccination requirement is based, in part, on recently established government requirements.  The requirement is also based on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in protecting against COVID-19, and our shared responsibility for the health and safety of members, clients, and community.


  • Dependability, discretion, and good judgement are essential.
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with clients, co-workers and the general public.
  • Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.
  • Team player with co-workers and administrators
  • Certified CPR/First Aid, crisis intervention within the first 90 days of employment

Why work for LSF?

Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas

LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part in transforming the lives of those in need.


A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY – drives each one of us.

People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the organization.

Growth Opportunities

Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida, team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other programs or grow within their existing program/department.

Amazing benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Long-term disability
  • Employer paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
  • Health and dependent care FSA
  • 13 paid holidays + 1 floating holiday
  • Generous PTO policy
  • 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • LifeMart Employee Discount Program

Additional Voluntary Benefits

  • Short-term disability
  • Group life insurance
  • Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
  • Legal Shield coverage

Lutheran Services Florida embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in all business practices. LSF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


  • High School or better

Keywords: Lutheran Services Florida, Cape Coral , Youth Care Specialist I (7212), Other , Murdock, Florida

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