The Child Development Specialist I participates as a key member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team in the treatment and/or education of children with significant emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities. She/He ensures that the children’s physical and emotional needs are met on a daily basis and supports the children’s academic learning by focusing on the enhancement of their social, recreational and behavioral functioning.
- Maintain the safety of children in all situations through the use of supervision and the implementation of various therapeutic techniques, including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.
- Maintain a safe, clean and dignified milieu environment.
- Serve as a healthy role model.Demonstrate techniques that enhance problem solving abilities and enable growth and maturity.
- Understand and relay relevant information.
- Record and document critical information in a timely matter.
- Communicate with parents/guardians in a professional and timely matter.
- Communicate with coworkers in a professional and timely matter.
- Communicate with external professionals (e.g. Teachers, DCF Workers) in a professional and timely manner.
- Manage and assist in the modification of child behavior.
- Maintain appropriate certifications (see Licensure Requirements below).
- Provide safe transportation to and from program activities.
- Conduct oneself in a professional, courteous manner in all job-related interactions.
- Interact with children in a positive, nurturing, therapeutic manner.
- Facilitate or co-facilitate therapeutic groups.
- Participate in program meetings, agency meetings, supervision and training events as deemed appropriate by supervisor.
- Conduct any other related work to insure that the physical and emotional needs of the children are met and that the program continues to operate effectively.
- May be required to work in other programs as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree is strongly preferred; minimum of Associates degree required.
- Licensure/Certification Requirements: Valid driver’s license and the capacity to attain or maintain a Public Service License, Medication Administration Certification, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Certification, American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification, Defensive Driving Certification, Safe Food Handling Certification.
- Experience Level: Three years in human service field or experience working with special needs children.
- Specific Skills, Knowledge and Ability Requirements: Knowledge of basic child development, issues related to the effects of abuse and neglect.
- Must be able to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Must be culturally competent to serve a diverse population.
- Must have the ability to manage stress and to respond to emergency situations safely and calmly.
- Proficient with word processing and spreadsheet applications. Possess solid general computer skills, including ability to work in a Windows XP environment. Familiarity with specific applications used by the Village a plus.
- Physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations, i.e. must be able to supervise groups of children and perform physical intervention if required; must be able to move freely from place to place without restriction.
- All Regular Child Development Specialists in the Residential and Extended Day Treatment programs are required to obtain and maintain the following certifications:
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Within 2 months of hire
First Aid / CPR Within 2 months of hire
Public Service License (PSL)/V Endorsement Within 2 months of hire
DCF Medication Certification Within 6 months of hire
***CDS who are independently licensed as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may administer medication in their role as CDS staff.