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Employer: Volunteers of America
Location: Sioux Falls, SD 57109
Employment Type: Part Time

Provide education, modeling, and support to veterans in an effort to develop the social skills and life skills needed for effective self-governance.

REPORTS TO:  Veteran’s Outreach Coordinator

1. Implementation of Therapeutic & Preventive Skills
•Facilitate effective teaching of participants through the observation, recognition & clear description of skills and behaviors.
•Set limits utilizing positive and negative consequences to strengthen/promote positive
•behaviors and discourage problem behaviors.
•Support positive behavior of participants by utilizing effective praise.
•Assist the participants in recognizing the benefits of the skills they are learning through the use of rationales and role-playing.
•Provide preventive and corrective teaching opportunities to participants.
•Teach participants how to use self-control in an effort to manage oneself.
•Assist participants to resolve conflicts, plan ahead, and make decisions.

2.  Participant Services
•Provide supervision to ensure safety and well being of all residents.
•Guide group dynamics, providing support and guidance as appropriate with the Therapeutic and Preventive Skills Model.
•Provide individual contact with residents to praise, nurture, and consequence as necessary.
•Participate in activities, while assisting them in achieving privileges and approving of privileges and requests, as appropriate.
•Assist participant during meal preparation ensuring proper nutritional needs are met.
•Provide effective role modeling for residents to encourage healthy lifestyles.
•Provide support and guidance to participants in achieving their goals.

3.  Support Services
•Maintain consistent communication regarding the progress of each resident with other residential staff.
•Document services, activities and necessary program information.
•Participate in meetings regarding participants as requested.
•Attend program staff meetings.
•Attend all trainings required by agency and program standards.
•Perform job responsibilities professionally, consistent with the agency’s Code of Ethics.
•Display an understanding of agency theory base of Social Learning Theory.

4.  Facility
•Provide guidance and support to participants in maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in the facility.
•Maintain safe working conditions.
•Report any maintenance needs to Veterans Coordinator.
•Comply with Department of Health Standards and Fire Safety Codes.

5.  Other - Responsible for other duties as assigned.

Relief position (less than 20 hours / week) requiring flexible scheduling to ensure 24-hour coverage of residential program.  Scheduling may include weekends, holidays, overnights, and late evening shifts.

Requires Bachelors degree in counseling, social work, or related human service field and a minimum of one-year related work experience or an equivalent combination.  All candidates must be at least 21 years of age.  Effective communication and management skills are necessary.  Individual must possess a genuine desire to teach and guide veterans and be a positive role model.  Valid driver’s license required if providing transportation services.  Preference will be given to qualified veterans.


Ensure ongoing supervision, safety, well-being and security of participants and provide support as necessary.

1.  Participant Services
•Ensure doors are locked and security system is functioning to ensure the building and grounds are secure.
•Complete Intakes as needed.
•Complete med buddy check if needed.
2.  Support Services
•Complete nightly logs on all participants.
•Complete individual logs, specifically addressing participant’s behaviors.
•Properly file paperwork.

Volunteers of America, Dakotas promotes to employ and advance in employment individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, and to treat qualified individuals without discrimination on the basis of their physical or mental disability.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor


Contact Information

Volunteers of America
Eric Gerberding
1309 W 51st St
PO Box 89306
Sioux Falls, SD 57109
Phone: 605-334-1414 or

Other Information

Category(s): Nonprofit - Social Services
Industry: Social Services
Experience Req.: Yes
Degree Req.: Yes
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