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.



Medical Aide

Position: Medical Aide
Department: Clinical

Reports to: Medical Supervisor
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full-Time (40 Hours)
Purpose & General Description of the Position: This position is responsible for assisting with the Medical Supervisor in implementing all tasks to help meet the medical needs of the residents, including but not limited facilitating medication passes, administering basic first aid, and transporting youth to medical/dental appointments as needed. Works as part of a larger treatment team to provide trauma-informed care to children who have experienced profound abuse and/or neglect

Minimum Requirements:
  • Completion of Medical Assistant/CNA program and can provide proof of certification, or equivalent experience.
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certification for Adults and Children
  • Meets State "Good Moral Character" guidelines;
  • Prefer experience with children's programs and/or working with at-risk youth.
  • Valid Michigan driver's license with a driving record acceptable to the Agency's insurance carrier; Must maintain valid Driver's License as a term of employment.


Required Skills & Abilities:
  • Demonstrates ability to prioritize multiple tasks, as well as reprioritize tasks as needed based on incoming workflow.
  • Ability to effectively express oneself in verbal and written form in public speaking settings.
  • Current working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, and other office equipment; Google-Calendar Sheets & Docs preferred.
  • Ability to work well with a multi-disciplinary team as well as children with trauma histories.
  • Ability to work well with a multi-disciplinary team and children.
  • Positive customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and its applications.
  • Knowledge of Five Rights of Medication Administration.
  • Physical ability to stand and/or walk up intermittingly during 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:
  • Performs basic first aid & minor treatments as assigned by the Medical Supervisor and as per scope of practice.
  • Observes, reports, and records pertinent children status utilizing proper policies and procedures.
  • Administers all medications to children, as prescribed.
  • Assists the Medical Supervisor during employee medication trainings.
  • Transport children to medica/dental appointments as needed (use of personal vehicle may be required).
  • 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.



Note: All other duties may be assigned by the President/CEO, Director of HR & Agency Operations, Director of Clinical & Medical and/or the Medical Supervisor. 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 at any time at the discretion of Whaley Children's Center.




Cook

Position: Cook
Department: Operations

Reports to: Support Services Supervisor
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full-Time (40 hours) includes weekends
Purpose & General Description of the Position: This position is responsible for the daily preparation of all meals and snacks for the residents we serve as well as staff. To prepare, cook, and serve meals and snacks as instructed in accordance with defined licensing standards and quality to meet the needs of residential youth and to ensure that trauma-informed care is provided to children who have experienced profound abuse and/or neglect.

Minimum Requirements:
  • High School diploma, Associate Degree preferred
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience as a cook in residential or similar type establishment
  • 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.
  • Preferred SERV Safe service certification or be able to obtain certificate 6 months from hire.


Essential Skills:
  • Demonstrate good communication, both written and verbal.
  • Must be able to combine ingredients following a recipe and directions.
  • Must be able to weigh and measure ingredients.
  • Must either be ServSafe certified or be able to become a certificate holder.
  • Stand and/or walk for an extended period during an entire shift.
  • Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping;
  • Routinely move items weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with others.
  • Must have good customer service skills and the ability to work in a diverse atmosphere.
  • Possess knowledge of the methods and equipment used in the preparation and distribution of food.
  • Knowledge of the practices, methods, and procurement and storage of food items and supplies.


Essential Duties:
  • Coordinate and perform the preparation, portioning and distributions of food.
  • Measure and weigh ingredients.
  • Responsible for sanitizing the kitchen area, tables, tools, knives, and equipment.
  • Assists with checking refrigeration points to ensure that all temp logs are filled out properly.
  • Perform all general kitchen duties.
  • Ability to prepare food, using past production records and child counts to determine quantities needed.
  • Responsible for assisting with the monitoring of food and kitchen supply inventories and storage.
  • Assists in menu planning.
  • Maintain all compliance logs.
  • Prepare and cook food according to recipes, quality standards, and food preparation checklists.
  • Operate ovens, stoves, and microwaves.
  • Monitors food quality while preparing food.
  • Check and ensure the correctness of the temperature of appliances and food.
  • Follow all company safety and security policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain supportive, consistent, and trauma-informed relationships with the youth while maintaining clear roles and boundaries.
  • 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 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, 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.




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.




Finance Clerk

Position: Finance Clerk
Department: Finance

Reports to: Director of Finance
(Part-Time to Full-Time)
Purpose & General Description of the Position: This position is responsible for processing and maintaining billings for all State and County funded children at a residential treatment facility. Investigating and communicating with various billing sources. Providing support and maintaining the financial functions of the agency as they relate to accounts receivable and payable, petty cash, credit card transactions, policy and procedure maintenance, and maintaining electronic finance records for the agency.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Associates Degree in accounting or business, pursuing a bachelor's degree, and equivalent experience
  • Valid Michigan Driver's License
  • Age 18 years or more.
  • 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


Required Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to organize, track, analyze, and maintain accurate and detailed records.
  • Ability to enter accounting transactions accurately and correctly into the agency records.
  • Ability to operate computers and software, as well as other office equipment.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and QuickBooks.
  • Ability to write policies and procedures
  • Ability to meet critical timelines.
  • Ability to effectively communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to establish and retain positive working relationships.
  • Knowledge of MiSACWIS and SIGMA preferred but not mandatory.


Essential Skills & Duties:
  • Processes accounts receivable according to accepted procedures, including child payments from various sources and Donor Deposits.
  • Prepares and maintains child attendance records.
  • Record invoices per established departmental processes including scanning all transactions in appropriate files.
  • Weekly reporting to the CEO and Director of Finance the Outstanding Days of Care Report.
  • Reconciliation and recording of staff receipts and spending.
  • Assists the Director of Finance with monthly accounting timelines.
  • Maintain electronic financial records.
  • Monthly recording of Gift-In Kind transactions into Donor tracking software.
  • Assists the Director of Finance with facilitating the annual audit.
  • Assist in all major events with finance.
  • Assists the Director of Finance with maintaining policies and procedures for the department.
  • Maintains the security and confidentiality of records under agency control.
  • 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.


Note: All other duties may be assigned by the President/CEO, Director of HR & Agency Operations, and/or the Directors of Residential. This is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of WCC




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.