Social Learning Specialist – Hilton Central School District

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As noted above, the emphasis of the elementary/middle school model will be on prevention education, the Alternative to Suspension Program and immediate crisis response. It is essential to understand that the age and stage of development with middle school youth requires a connection with families. The needs of the families, particularly of the growing number of young, underserved, single parent families, must be taken into account. As such, the staff will reflect the emphasis areas. The lead staff person at this site will be a ATS/Prevention Education Specialist, trained to deliver a variety of best-practice and research-based services (i.e., groups, workshops, curricula), with a focus on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). All students in the school are accountable with support to behave in ways that positively affect them personally, academically, socially, and from a health perspective. All services provided by the Center for Youth can easily be woven into this system.

With a dedicated school-based ATS/Prevention Education Specialist, the needs of the teachers and the administration will also be more easily met. The assessment of needs, the training of teachers, and the planned duplication between the research-based best practices and the classroom learning will be a much smoother process. The dedicated Program Manager will also be able to access additional resources from The Center for Youth once the needs of the school are clearly defined.

The ATS/Prevention Education Specialist as part of a support services team, works to create a youth/family/faculty friendly presence within the school that is founded on cooperative relationships and direct communication. The ATS/Prevention Education Specialist is able to provide the full continuum of care; specific areas of focus are prevention educationalternative to suspension services and immediate crisis response.

Note: This is a full-time, 11-month position. Routine work hours overlap to the school day (before and after school). Special events or projects may take place during the early evenings and/or on a weekend.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  • Administers, coordinates and oversees program (on-site)
  • Works in tandem with School Administrators to assure services are based on identified needs and meets with the administrators on a regular basis
  • Attend School Support Service meetings
  • Creates and oversees data collection and program evaluation processes
  • Provides monthly reports to Director of School Based Programs
  • Coordinates requests for Prevention Education services
  • Maintains accurate and timely records in accordance with funder and agency requirements
  • Outreach and information dissemination
  • Intake, needs assessment and service planning for those students who meet for individual sessions and ATS services;
  • Referral and referral readiness;
  • Immediate response and support;
  • Prevention education with fidelity including: asset-building groups, research-based curricula, planned-duplication booster sessions
  • Asset development (risk reduction and protective factor) activities
  • Alternatives to suspension services including pre/post assessment and transitional services
  • Agency ambassador and liaison at Referral Team Meetings, Partner Meetings, Open Houses, Health Fairs, etc.
  • Knowledge of school policies and procedures
  • Research and design of services including outcome and impact tracking
  • Record keeping, evaluation and QA
  • Development and maintenance of resource files, lesson plans and training aids
  • Participation in individual supervision and all mandated meetings and trainings
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of School Based Programs

EMPLOYMENT GUIDELINES:

Candidates must:

  • Adhere to ethical conduct
  • Demonstrate professionalism, i.e., timely, dependable, responsible, flexible
  • Be non-judgmental and respectful manner especially in regards to immediate crisis response
  • Be creative
  • Possess dynamic platform and facilitation skills
  • Possess strong organizational, time-management skills
  • Be a self-starter
  • Model principles of inclusion and tolerance
  • Be youth centered and positive
  • Be youth and family friendly
  • Have understanding of urban issues
  • Establish effective working relationships with supervisor and co-workers
  • Develop positive relationships with all key stakeholders
  • Have strong literacy skills (i.e., reading, writing, comprehension)
  • Conduct research and apply best-practices and evaluation methods
  • Effectively promote knowledge and skill development and positive behaviors
  • Provide leadership, work as a team and/or work independently as requested

Candidate must possess significant knowledge of:

  • Child and Adolescent development including positive youth development, asset development, risk reduction and protective factors, child and adolescent development principals
  • Crisis management and behavior management techniques
  • Youth serving systems
  • Community resources
  • Client advocacy
  • Suspension services
  • Prevention service

CULTURAL COMPETENCY: The Center delivers services to youth and families from many racial, ethnic, cultural, social and life style groups. We value differences in people and strive to understand diverse cultures, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, abilities and beliefs. To this end, all staff is required to attend professional development trainings and to continually enhance their understanding of cultural diversity.

Staff are expected to respect and honor cultural and human diversity and be sensitive to the needs of youth from varied backgrounds. The annual Performance Appraisal provides an opportunity to staff to evaluate how they are integrating culturally competent practices into their everyday work.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelors Degree in a Human Service or related field and 1-3 years of related experience or equivalent combination. Note: A Master Degree, advanced training and/or certification in areas directly related to the skills required preferred.

In addition to the above, it is mandatory that candidates meet the following criteria prior to hire:

  • Completion of State Central Registry Form*
  • Authorization for agency to complete criminal background check
  • Authorization for the agency to obtain driving record information
  • Completion of fingerprinting process and clearance via NYS Department of Education
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A driving record acceptable to our insurance carrier
  • Regular access to a motor vehicle
  • Automobile insurance at the level of $100,000 per person/ $300,000 per accident Bodily Injury and $ 50,000 Property Damage
  • Access to a telephone

*Note: It is also mandatory that new employees be cleared by the NYS Central Register prior to interaction with clients.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates must be able to be autonomously mobile in order to provide the required services.

Computer Skills Recommended:

Microsoft Word – Basic

Pay Rate: $16.50 – $20.00 per hour

The Center for Youth provides equal opportunities for employment.

 

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