Note: We are hiring in the following locations: Livonia, Mt Morris, York. This is a full-time, 11-12-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.
The Social Learning 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. While SLS are cross-trained and able to provide the full continuum of care, specific areas of focus are prevention education and alternative to suspension services.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Outreach and information dissemination
- Intake, needs assessment and service planning;
- 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;
- Develop/facilitate summer activities including youth leadership activities, asset development opportunities, student transition programs, and other services as requested
- 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 and group supervision and all mandated meetings and trainings
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Adhere to ethical conduct
- Demonstrate professionalism, i.e., timely, dependable, responsible, flexible
- Be non-judgmental and respectful
- 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 an 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:
- Adolescent development including positive youth development, asset development, risk reduction and protective factors, child and adolescent development principals
- Youth serving systems
- Community resources
- Client advocacy
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 are 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.
A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in a Human Service or related field and 1-3 years of related experience.
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:
- Authorization for the agency to obtain driving record information
- 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
Candidates must be able to be autonomously mobile in order to provide the required services.
The Center for Youth provides equal opportunities for employment regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.