Afterschool Respite Caseworker


The Urban League of Rochester is looking for dedicated people to provide respite care for youth and young adults when they get home from school or their day programs. Successful candidates are reliable, able to work independently, and have sound decision-making skills.  Must meet the requirements of the School Age Care, Day Care, and/or Mental Health Regulations regarding a State Central Register Clearance regarding history of abuse/maltreatment of children.


  1. Have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Urban League of Rochester.
  2. A respect for, and high level of comfort around persons with developmental disabilities.
  3. Ability to be mindfully present with a person in crisis.
  4. Promotes the provision of a safe, comfortable, secure and trusting environment where students are listened to and respected by staff.
  5. Draws on knowledge and skills acquired from personal experience with the mental health system with a focus on student's personal learning process.
  6. Assists with intake and registration of new students, including an explanation of services and expectations, a tour of the premises, introduction to other staff and students.
  7. Participates in required trainings.
  8. Provides flexible evening and holiday coverage at schools and Urban League of Rochester locations.
  9. Successful completion of all required training and ability to integrate skills, knowledge and approach into their work with guests.
  10. Work experience in a behavioral health or related setting.
  11. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  12. Ability to set priorities and manage multiple and competing tasks.
  13. Ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically. Microsoft Word and Excel.
  14. Be creative and flexible.
  15. Show initiative and be responsible for follow through.
  16. Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position.



  • Education: Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Experience: Experience working with youths with behavioral or emotional problems preferred.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a dependable vehicle.
  • Applicants must be age 18 or older.
  • Applicants should be able to work late afternoons, weekdays (Monday-Friday) to provide care during after-school hours.
  • Exceptional oral communication skills including empathic listening, responding.
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and de-escalation skills to assist with creating and maintaining a positive environment.
  • In most cases this is a part-time job, usually a total of 20 hours per week.
  • Although not required, preferred applicants will have at least 3 months of overall (it doesn't need to be consecutive) experience regularly caring for another individual (outside of his/her own family). Care of children is also preferred but not required.
  • Experience with autism or other developmental disabilities is preferred but not required.