By joining our team, you are getting so much more than a new career. By working at Whaley Children's Center you will join a community of kind, compassionate and dedicated people working together to make sure that our Center is the best place for Michigan's foster youth to call home. Become a Difference Maker today!

Along with competitive salaries, Whaley offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, life and disability insurance and a 403(b) plan. In addition, we offer on-going professional development and training opportunities. An application, résumé, criminal background check, comprehensive driving record, drug screen and TB test are required for all potential employees of Whaley Children’s Center.

For more information, please contact Amy Anderson at aanderson@whaleychildren.org or 810-234-3603.



Operations Tech

Position: Operations Tech
Department: Operations

Reports to: Operations Supervisor
FLSA: Non-exempt

FT/PT: Full-Time (40 hours)
Purpose & General Description of the Position: This position is responsible for the general maintenance of the Agency's buildings, equipment, and vehicles. Responsible for ensuring youth are physically and emotionally safe while working as part of a larger treatment team to ensure trauma-informed care is provided to children who have experienced profound abuse and/or neglect.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • At least 1-year successful experience as a maintenance worker. General maintenance knowledge.
  • Valid Michigan Driver's license and a driving record acceptable to Whaley Children's Center's insurance carrier. Must maintain valid Driver's License as a term of employment..
  • Must be able to pass all background checks and clearances including Criminal (Local, State and Federal), Children's Protective Services, Driving Record, Drug Screen, and TB Test.
  • Must be able to successfully pass all aspects of the New Hire Training which include written and physical testing in areas of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, CPR & First Aid, Medication Administration, Defensive Driving, Cultural Competence, and Trauma-Based Care practices.


Required Skills & Abilities:
  • Physical ability to stand and/or walk up to 8 hours per shift; to frequently lift, carry and/or push objects weighing up to 25 pounds; to occasionally lift, carry and/or push objects weighing up to 100 pounds; and to bend, reach, stretch, twist, turn, climb, kneel, crouch, grasp, and crawl.
  • Ability to understand and implement slightly complex oral and written instructions.
  • Work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to operate maintenance and mechanical tools and equipment safely and effectively.
  • Ability to follow prescribed safety procedures.
  • Analytic ability to determine the tools and materials necessary to make repairs, to make needed repairs in a timely and efficient manner, and to identify and report repair work requiring more advanced skills.
  • Professional, courteous, and respectful manner at all times.
  • Constructively work toward problem resolution.


Essential Skills & Duties:
  • Completes general facility repair as well as building and grounds and upkeep.
  • Clean and maintains agency tools and equipment.
  • Clean, maintain and organize the maintenance shop and supplies storage area.
  • Responsible for providing after hours and weekend on-call maintenance on a rotating basis.
  • Assist other Agency staff with the relocation, delivery, or removal of heavy objects.
  • Completes general safety checks, conduct routine preventive maintenance tests of facility systems, record and report the results of such tests.
  • Participating in all required team and staff meetings, including individual supervision and other staff development opportunities.
  • Maintaining all annual training requirements, including maintaining updated CPR Certification.


Associated Duties: All other duties as may be assigned periodically by Operations Supervisor, Director of HR & Agency Operations, and/or CEO/President.

Note: This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, and qualifications associated with this position. It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed any time at the discretion of Whaley Children's Center.




Therapist

Position: Therapist
Department: Clinical

Reports to: Clinical Supervisor
FLSA: Exempt

FT/PT: Full-Time (40 hours)
Purpose & General Description of the Position: This position is responsible for providing therapeutic services to children living in a residential treatment facility, including but is not limited to developing treatment plans as required by the State Licensing and DHHS contract and working as part of a larger treatment team to provide trauma-informed care to children who have experienced profound abuse and/or neglect.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related field from an accredited university.
  • Valid Michigan driver's license with a driving record acceptable to the Agency's insurance carrier.
  • Possession of one of the following: Licensed Master's Level Social Worker, Licensed Master's Level Counselor, Limited License Master's Level Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist, Ph.D., Limited License Master's Level Counselor or Limited License Masters Level Social Worker under the supervision of a Licensed Counselor or a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker for the State of Michigan.
  • Meet State "Good Moral Character" guidelines
  • At least 1-year experience working with children in a clinical setting is required. Experience with trauma based clinical interventions and working with survivors of abuse and neglect is preferred.


Required Skills & Abilities:
  • Model effective self-advocacy and assertive communication skills.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with people and organizations in the community.
  • A nonjudgmental approach that reflects cultural competency and sensitivity to unique needs and diverse experiences of individuals and their families.
  • Willingness to be flexible, patient, and creative and demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication.
  • Ability to engage and maintain therapeutic relationships with the children,
  • Physical ability to stand and/or walk up to 8 hours per shift, to occasionally lift, carry, and/or push up to 25 pounds, and to be able to successfully complete and be certified in TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) Training.


Essential Skills & Duties:
  • Develop therapeutic relationships with children and their families.
  • Provide individual, family, and group therapy with an emphasis on trauma informed interventions.
  • Facilitates ongoing communication and services with representatives from schools, Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), foster care/adoptive caseworkers, the court system, and other community organizations on behalf of the children.
  • Maintain consistent communication with parents/ guardians regarding the child's treatment plan goals, progress and needs
  • Participates in regular case review meetings with a Multidisciplinary Team.
  • Provide transportation as needed for court dates, family visits, etc.
  • Make referrals to Child Protective Services and adhere to proper Mandated Reporter guidelines.Participate in clinical supervision, team meetings, case consultations, and training as needed.
  • Complete clinical documentation in a timely manner that is consistent with policies and procedures and State and licensing requirements.
  • Responsible for providing on-call resources.
  • Provide consultation and case notes with appropriate court personnel and outside sources (i.e., CASA, to evaluate the appropriateness of court intervention).
  • Organize and maintain case notes regarding narratives, assessments, case summaries, case records and other related records.
  • Maintaining all annual training requirements, including maintaining updated CPR Certification.
  • Participating in all required team and staff meetings, including individual supervision and other staff development opportunities.
  • Please Note: All other duties may be assigned by the President/CEO, Director of HR & Agency Operations, Director of Clinical & Medical and/or the Children's Services Supervisor. This is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of WCC.


Note: This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, and qualifications associated with this position. It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed any time at the discretion of Whaley Children's Center.




Youth Specialist

Position Title: Youth Specialist
Department: : Residential
Reports to Position Title:Residential Manager
FLSA: Non-Exempt:

Purpose & General Description of the Position: This position is responsible for assisting youth within a non-secure residential treatment facility using trauma-focused practices and care to assist with daily living, educational and recreational activities, and to effectively role-model and encourage appropriate behavior to support established treatment plans for the children. Responsible for assuring youth are physically and emotionally safe while working as part of a larger treatment team to ensure that trauma-informed care is provided to children who have experienced profound abuse and/or neglect.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • High school diploma required. Preference to candidates with at least 24 credit hours of college level studies at an accredited college or university in sociology, social work, psychology, Criminal Justice, education, recreation, or related field.
  • Experience working with youth with emotional and behavioral challenges highly preferred.
  • Valid Michigan Driver's license and a driving record acceptable to Whaley Children's Center's insurance carrier. Must maintain valid Driver's License as a term of employment.
  • Must be able to pass all background checks and clearances including Criminal (Local, State and Federal), Children's Protective Services, Driving Record, Drug Screen, and TB Test.
  • Must be able to successfully pass all aspects of the New Hire Training which include written and physical testing in areas of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, CPR & First Aid, Medication Administration, Defensive Driving, Cultural Competence, and Trauma-Based Care practices.


Essential Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication (written and oral) and working relationships with co-workers in all departments, family members, community partners and children.
  • Ability to assist children with daily living and recreational activities and to effectively role-model, teach, and counsel children to encourage appropriate behavior and to support established treatment plans for the children.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and to complete detailed documentation and written reports regarding the behavior, activities, and status of children as well as basic knowledge of technology to utilize radios, and basic computer software and systems.
  • Ability to assess, interpret, and respond appropriately to verbal and non-verbal communications of children and other Whaley staff.
  • Ability to understand cause and effect relationships and the interrelatedness of one's own behavior relative to the behavior of others and the capacity to make sound decisions in crisis situations and a high frustration level with a great deal of patience.
  • Physical and organizational abilities necessary to regularly complete activities to maintain a "household" including cooking, cleaning, shopping, transporting, yard work, etc.
  • Physical mobility and capacity to manage a violent and/or self-abusive child when emergency intervention restraint is required to assure the safety of the child, and/or others.
  • Physical ability to be physically mobile throughout the shift; To frequently lift, carry and/or push 25 lbs. and occasionally up to 100 lbs.: and to bend reach, stretch, twist, turn, climb, kneel, crouch, grasp, and crawl.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain supportive, consistent, and trauma-informed relationships with the youth while maintaining clear roles and boundaries.
  • Maintain structure within assigned unit or home to assure physical and emotional safety of the youth in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Actively providing continual eye-on supervision of the residential children.
  • Deliver services according to established treatment plans for each child, including medication schedules and dietary restrictions and requirements in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Facilitating recreational, educational, and therapeutic activities according to established treatment plans, schedules, and parameters.
  • Effectively document children's activities, behavior, emotional responses, and progress toward the treatment plan goals as required by agency establish protocol.
  • Regularly completing activities to maintain a "household" including cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, transporting, yard work, etc.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of treatment plans for children and communicating plans to others as appropriate.
  • Engage and support birth parents, extended family, foster/adoptive parents, referral agencies, and others in a welcoming and respectful approach in accordance with treatment plans, visitation schedules, court orders, etc.
  • Regularly transporting youth to school, medical appointments, family visitations and/or any other activities as determined by the treatment plan.
  • Assist in the planning, organizing, communicating and implementation of daily activities for the youth.
  • Participating in all required team and staff meetings, including individual supervision and other staff development opportunities,
  • Maintaining all annual training requirements, including maintaining updated CPR Certification


Associated Duties:: All other duties as may be assigned periodically by Residential Management, Director of HR & Agency Operations, and/or CEO/President
NOTE: This description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, knowledge, skills, experience, abilities, and qualifications associated with this position. It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the Whaley Children's Center.