Children Support Specialist
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington values the safety of our employees, our clients, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are up to date with your COVID vaccinations, including the booster dose or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
JOB SUMMARY:The Children Support Specialist is a direct support position focused on assisting children and adolescents with physical and developmental disabilities in the after-school program. The incumbent will provide support services to assist in the achievement of the child's Individualized Plan of Care.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides instructional support through utilization of independent communication types or methods that have been determined by the family and/or student's school (i.e. - PCS, voice box, sign language, etc.).
- Plans comprehensive lessons that utilize the student's mode of learning to teach skills for increased independence in the home and the community (i.e. - hygiene, self-help skills, social skills, community safety, etc.).
- Organizes and plans innovative community outings, using the resources available, which provides the students with cultural, educational, social and recreational experiences that broaden their awareness within their surrounding community (i.e. - transportation, businesses, libraries, museums, historical sites, etc.).
- Implements students' Individual Plan/Treatment Plan(TP/IP) through creative and engaging activities that addresses the students' goals and are appropriate based on the students' cognitive level.
- Accurately documents progress made towards the goals identified in the TP/IP through daily progress notes, quarterly notes, and the students' portfolios.
- Appropriately documents events as related to the students' behavior management plan as appropriate.
- Informs the supervisor of scheduled changes (i.e. - calling in sick to work/day program, home visits with family, etc.).
- Participates in regular team meetings and monitoring of services to assure quality, compliance, and consumer satisfaction.
- Completes all training as required for the position to include professional development training outside of Catholic Charities as appropriate and required.
- Reports all incidents in accordance with both Catholic Charities and the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services' Incident Reporting policies. Cooperates with investigations and participates in implementation of required Plan of Corrections, when indicated.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
- High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
- Coursework/Background in the following areas: Child Care, Education, Allied Health, Human Services, preferred.
- Experience working with students on the Autism Spectrum and/or students with cognitive delays.
- One year of experience working independently in the home and in the community as an instructor.
SKILLS and COMPETENCIES:
- Able to present information in English, both in written and oral form. Excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Ability to identify and resolve problems.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
1010 Grandin AveRockville, MD
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