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Inclusion Support Specialist

Company: Child Care Resources Inc
Location: Hartford
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

Summary Join YWCA Hartford Team and make a difference in the Hartford community! Great benefits and rewarding career! Apply directly to the YWCA of Hartford Region via this link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/All/8dadfb36-a00b-40af-a21c-5c5d48732b0f/YWCA-Hartford-Region-Inc Salary range: $20-$24/hr Position Summary: The Inclusion Support Specialist (ISS) participates as a key member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team in the treatment and/or education of children with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities. In conjunction with the clinical team, she/he develops and implements individualized behavioral plans for clients to help them build skills, provides coaching and modeling to staff to ensure that all supports are followed, provides 1:1 support to clients to help them stabilize and avoid the need for an inpatient setting, and track and monitors data on clients' progress to help inform treatment planning. The Inclusion Support Specialist's goal is to enhance clients social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Duties Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Follow defined State and YWCA protocols for reporting suspect child abuse or neglect, to include documentation, notification of OEC, NAEYC and DCF when applicable;
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of age appropriate Inclusion Support Plans at a site level;
  • Maintain the safety of children in all situations through the use of supervision and the implementation of various therapeutic techniques, including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention;
  • Conduct client observations in various settings to gather information on functioning;
  • Collect and analyze data related to clients' functioning to inform treatment planning;
  • Attend and participate in all Inclusion Support Plan meetings with families, staff and outside agencies, to include proper documentation;
  • Demonstrate techniques that enhance problem solving abilities and enable growth and maturity;
  • Understand and relay relevant information to the team;
  • 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;
  • Interact with children in a positive, nurturing, therapeutic manner;
  • Work with the Instructional Leader and Head Teachers to ensure that all learning plans include individualized supports for children with challenging behaviors or disabilities;
  • Monitor children's progress to ensure activities are meeting the students educational and developmental needs;
  • Ensure staff adherence to YWCA Positive Guidance Policy and the Atypical Behavior process;
  • Oversee the implementation of all Inclusion Support plans and support families and staff as they work with the child;
  • Monitor the consistent application of defined YWCA statements, policies and procedures;
  • Provide accurate and timely performance feedback and coaching to staff. Identify performance improvement needs and work with Site Managers to create corrective actions and/or staff development plans;
  • Provide guidance and assistance to staff in the delivery of high quality programs and services;
  • Address and support teachers with professional development opportunities to include college registration, applying for student loans and seeking out grant and financial aid opportunities;
  • Assist in planning and providing effective staff development activities;
  • Prioritize the needs of teachers and develops credible and trusting relationships;
  • Clearly and effectively communicate information to teachers;
  • Prioritizes needs of staff, children, and families and is dedicated to meeting their expectations;
  • Shares views in a tactful way;
  • Demonstrates diplomacy by approaching others about sensitive issues in non-threatening ways and fosters an environment conductive to open and transparent communication;
  • Attends trainings, seminars, and does research to keep up with the latest information and best practices within the field; Requirements Requirements Education
    • Bachelor's Degree required; preferably in early behavior health, psychology, special education or other related field Experience:
      • Two (2) to four (4) years in human service field or child development preferred
      • Two (2) to four (4) years in providing children with with social and emotional support preferred Certification:
        • Certified CPR/First Aid certification or the ability to obtain certification within two months of employment
        • Basic knowledge of the principles of Child Development Skills:
          • Approachability:Listens; allows adequate time for interactions, creates a supportive communication environment;
          • Assertiveness: Communicates directly and honestly, while demonstrating respect for others;
          • Collaboration and Delegation:Enlists active participation from others. Matches assignments to skills and ability of the, or to develop individual skill sets. Enlists the help of others in order to balance the workload and manage time;
          • Composure:Responds to information in a self-controlled manner;
          • Conflict Management:Identifies sources of conflict and methods of management, and chooses appropriate techniques to resolve issues;
          • Customer Focus:Builds effective relationships with customers, identifies customer expectations, tries to see issues from their point of view; offers practical solutions to concerns;
          • Diversity:Recognizes and values the diversity and uniqueness of others. Empathetically and respectfully accepts these differences and works to cooperatively and sincerely to optimize contributions of all individuals;
          • Ethics and Integrity: Makes decisions and conducts self in a manner consistent with the organizations mission. Respects all individuals in the work environment and treats them as such. Demonstrates high personal standards of acceptance and openness to others. Accepts responsibility for their own actions;
          • Influencing:Presents information, ideas and suggestions in a way that causes others to feel included and involved;
          • Leading:Takes charge of a situation and inspires others to take action toward the accomplishment of a goal;
          • Motivating Others: Recognizes others' internal motivators and adapts approach to best connect with each individual;
          • Organizing:Puts issues, work tasks, paperwork in a logical order;
          • Patience:Behaves in a manner that encourages and allows for interactive behavior from those less skilled, knowledgeable or experienced;
          • Performance Management: Appropriately uses the concepts of both positive motivation and consequences to improve performance to a preferred level;
          • Personal Accountability: Accepts responsibility for own actions, embraces experiences as learning opportunities;
          • Results Oriented:Directs behavior to emphasize the achievement of organization goals and core values;
          • Self-Development:Accepts responsibility for own continued education, learning, and growth;
          • Team Building: Recognizes and builds on the strengths of others. Looks for ways to build positive relationships within the work team. Demonstrates trust and respect for others;
          • Technical Skills: Possesses the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform required job elements to establish standards; Knowledge of and the ability to use Microsoft Office software application including Word, Excel, and Power Point, preferred; Nice To Haves Benefits Benefits:
            • Health Insurance- A group medical plan and group dental plan offers comprehensive coverage to eligible employees and their eligible dependents.
            • Long-term Disability- Eligible employees receive company-paid long-term disability insurance.
            • Short-term Disability- All eligible employees may elect short-term disability to cover the employee for 12 weeks, if disabled. This is an employee-paid option.
            • Life Insurance- A company-paid group life insurance plan is available to eligible employees. Employees may purchase additional life insurance for themselves and their eligible dependents.
            • Time Off From Work- Eligible employees receive ten paid holidays per year, paid vacation and personal time, as well as paid sick time.
            • Retirement Plan- All eligible employees are enrolled in a non-contributory pension plan after two years of employment.
            • Childcare Discounts- Employees receive discounts on childcare offered at YWCA Hartford Region. EOE/AA

Keywords: Child Care Resources Inc, Hartford , Inclusion Support Specialist, Other , Hartford, Connecticut

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