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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPECIALIST - Part-time shifts are available to support 24/7 operations

at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Posted: 11/5/2020
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: f20785d4-5686-4a91-a21b-54957bfde855

Job Description

Our Mission

Guided by God’s love and grace, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota brings healing, help and hope.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is a non-profit social ministry that believes by working together we can do more than any of us can do alone.

Every day our dedicated staff and volunteers are guided by our vision and strategic initiatives to bring our mission to life as we work to provide the help people need, when and where they need it.

Whether we are serving children, teenagers, parents, grandparents or entire communities — our goal is that those we serve will be strengthened for life.

Engage with us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Face Book and Twitter @LSSND.


The Behavioral Health Specialist opportunity is a part-time position that offers a variety of shifts which support the 24/7/365 operations

This role is similar to those that are titled Youth Program, Residential Program, Youth Care Worker, Youth Worker, Direct Support Worker or Professional.

Our ideal candidate for Behavioral Health Specialist is passionate about providing structure and organization for the daily needs of resident youth who are residing at Luther Hall, our award-winning, 24-7-365 adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility. This position attends necessary meetings to support the treatment team goals and resident expectations and plans.

The Behavioral Health Specialist supports the milieu through supervision of residents and assisting with daily living activities by adhering to programming schedules, including, but not limited to education, recreation and groups. This position ensures compliance with facility rules and regulations through consistent communication and goal reinforcement. The Behavioral Health Specialist will have a caseload of up to 1-2 residents as his or her primary or secondary staff.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota offers a culture of workplace flexibility, diversity and inclusion, purpose-driven work, and so much more.


Treatment Plan: Participates in the treatment planning and review process; Monitors residents to ensure individual adherence to treatment plans; Facilitates group activities including development and delivery; and Attends necessary meetings to ensure open communication among stakeholders related to treatment plans.

Direct Care: Supervises residents with daily living activities; Positively reinforces goals and objectives of individual treatment plans; Promotes appropriate behaviors while emphasizing and utilizing resident strengths; Monitors resident behavior and responds to and/or reports accordingly; Monitors resident family site visits; Ensures residents comply with facility rules and regulations including check in/out procedures; Uses behavior management techniques to de-escalate, redirect, or participate in physical restraints; Escorts/transports residents to activities; Administers medication as per doctor’s orders; Promotes a therapeutic milieu and appropriate socialization; and Performs other functions related to the direct care of residents.

Other Duties:  Operates a motor vehicle to transport residents to various outside activities; Complete appropriate documentation accurately and timely; Follows process and communication methods consistent with performance quality improvement standards; Completes Unusual Occurrence/Incident Reports; and Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be 21 years of age required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services preferred 
  • 1 year of mental health experience preferred 
  • Certified in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training (offered onsite) within 90 days of employment is required
  • Must successfully pass Fit-For-Duty Health Screen prior to start of employment is required
  • Valid Driver’s License required 


  • Work potentially involves moderate risk to personal safety of injury, illness or health problems arising from the environment or the public/clients
  • Considerable requirement to exert moderate physical effort with a regular and repeated need to lift and bend. Exertion may require pushing, pulling and/or carrying up to 50 lbs and may cause moderate physical discomfort. Safety precautions are required. 
  • Usually normal concentration and deadlines with periodic periods of sustained deadline pressure. Work may involve changing problems, circumstances or demand. 
  • Work is subject to the physical and emotional behavior of youth requiring employees to work in adversarial and/or hostile environments and situations
  • Rotating day/evening shifts required 
  • Rotating weekend schedule required
  • Holiday rotation required
  • Less than 10% local travel required

Opportunity is open until filled.