Are you excited about working hard and thinking outside of the box
to support children and families affected by trauma? Do you love to
engage with children and families and to think therapeutically about
behaviors and interventions? Do you enjoy helping children develop
their social and coping skills? Join our Eagle House psychiatric
residential treatment facility (PRTF) to interact daily and work
with children one–on-one and in groups to support them and help them
build on their successes.
Starting Pay is $15.00 per hour with differential pay given
for hours worked between 3 PM-7 AM (for this shift!)
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.
- Serve as a healthy role model.
- Provide trauma informed care and interventions.
- Provide safe transportation to and from program activities.
- Interact with children in a positive, nurturing, therapeutic manner.
- Facilitate or co-facilitate therapeutic groups.
- Demonstrate techniques that enhance problem-solving abilities and
enable growth and maturity.
- Record and document interventions and critical incidents in a in a
- 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.
- Assists in planning, supervising and facilitation of the daily
activities of clients, including bedtime and morning activities, etc.
- Maintains safety aspects of milieu/van by recognizing and
correcting conditions, which are or could be safety hazards.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Assist on program/agency task force and committees or initiatives
- Use supervision and trainings to ensure professional growth and
needed skills in the milieu
- Participates in staff meetings, in-service training programs and
workshops or conferences as required by the agency
- Maintain required trainings and certification identified by agency
as required to perform job
- High School degree and 4 years work experience in a related
field Bachelor’s degree and some experience in a related field is
preferred; or Associate’s Degree and two years’ work experience in a
- Must have a clean and valid driver’s license and three (3)
consecutive years of driving experience. Must have the ability to
obtain a Public Service License, Medication Administration
Certified, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Certification, American
Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certified. One to three years in human
service field or experience working with special needs children.
- Knowledge of basic child development, issues related to the
effects of abuse and neglect.
- Must have the ability to manage stress and to respond to emergency
situations safely and calmly.
- Must be culturally competent to serve a diverse population.
- 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.
About The Program
About Eagle House
Eagle House provides residential behavioral health treatment for children ages 6-12 who are transitioning from psychiatric hospitalization. Serving as a “step-down,” Eagle House helps prepare them for community-based treatment and a family or foster care setting.
Residents attend school onsite and receive intensive clinical support services, including ongoing nursing and psychiatry, family, group and individual therapy, and case management.
Professional staff at Eagle House use an active engagement/coaching/trauma-informed model of care to build relationships with the youth in order to stabilize them, help them improve overall functioning, and build the skills necessary to transition into a family successfully and permanently.
About The Village
The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission "to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children" by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region.Our staff are energetic, enthusiastic, mission-driven and open to learning. If you’d like to grow your career in a diverse and supportive environment rich with learning opportunities, join us!
The Village offers a comprehensive flexible benefits package designed to aid in the health and well-being of our employees and their dependents, including:
- Medical and Prescription Coverage
- Health Savings Account (HSA), with employer contribution of up to $1,000 per year
- Dental and Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Annual on-site flu clinics
- Employer paid Life and AD&D Insurance
- Employer paid Dependent Life Insurance
- Employer paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Employer Paid Business Travel Insurance
- 403(b) Plan with Employer Contribution and Match
Advancement in your Career
- Annual Professional License Reimbursement
- Clinical Supervision toward Licensure
- Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)
- Student Loan Forgiveness Program – National Health Service Corp (NHSC)
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employer paid and confidential counseling services
- Paid Holidays
- Paid time off; including 15 days of vacation, 12 days of sick and bereavement leave