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Early Risers Specialist - FT
Summary
Title:Early Risers Specialist - FT
ID:477
Dept:23 - Rising Strong
Location:Spokane
Description

Job Summary

Early Risers provides safe supervision of Rising Strong children while their parents are engaged in treatment on site. This position is responsible for planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating all Early Risers activities.

Program Summary

The Rising Strong program is collaboration between Catholic Charities and Empire Health Foundation. Based on proven models in California and Oregon, Rising Strong will focus on serving families who are at risk for separation due to parental substance abuse by providing safe housing, substance abuse treatment, case management, and other supportive wraparound services. By serving whole families, our aim is to reduce trauma in children, decrease the rates of foster care placements, and remove barriers that traditionally prevent parents from succeeding in substance abuse treatment. We walk alongside and support vulnerable families as they seek to change their stories.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of this job.

  1. Manage the planning and implementation of a quality program to supervise Rising Strong children while their parents are engaged in treatment.
  2. Assist in the development and implementation of a licensed childcare center to open in winter 2018.
  3. Supervise Assistant Early Riser Specialist, parents, and any volunteers in the Early Risers area.
  4. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum, including observation, assessment and documentation of children’s progress.
  5. Identify early childhood education goals through observation and assessment with consultation from the parents and in conjunction with developmental early education benchmarks.
  6. Assure daily documentation and record keeping including meal counts, diapering and toileting, infant feeding, and incident reports.
  7. Communicate daily with parents and provide them with regular updates on children’s health information and progress.
  8. Develop and maintain the Early Risers environment to best support the children in the program.
  9. Coordinate with behavioral health providers and Rising Strong staff to ensure children are receiving appropriate services.
  10. Communicate with behavioral health providers, CPS staff, and Rising Strong staff regarding progress and challenges of the children.
  11. Provide positive parenting coaching to Rising Strong parents.
  12. Use positive guidance techniques in accordance with program policy.
  13. Attend and participate in staff meetings and designated in-service training.
  14. Maintain all health, safety and sanitation requirements per child care licensing and COA standards.
  15. Perform related functions, including advocacy, to support the mission of and core values of Catholic Charities.
  16. Adheres to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Doctrine.
  17. Performs as a team member to assure that productivity outcome measures are achieved.
  18. Performs related functions necessary to support the mission and core values of Catholic Charities and Rising Strong.

Job Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of this job.

Education/Experience: to perform this job successfully, an individual must have a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Associate of Arts (AA) or Applied Associate of Arts (AAS) in early childhood education, child development or related field or equivalent experience. Two years’ experience as a lead teacher in a child development center setting preferred.

Certificates/Licenses: Completion of 20 hours STARS basic training required within six months of hire date if education and/or experience does not substitute. Blood Borne Pathogen training, Food Handler’s Certification, First Aid, and CPR are required and can be provided by Catholic Charities.

Physical Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:

  • Regularly sit, stand, climb, walk, hear/listen, talk
  • Frequently lift up to 30 pounds, pull/push, carry, grasp, reach
  • Occasionally crawl, stoop, kneel
  • Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors (no color blindness), ability to focus
  • Must complete a tuberculosis test
  • Must be 18 years of age

Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:

  • Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
  • Analytical Ability: ability to maintain focus for extended periods of time; ability to complete research projects with resourcefulness and persistence; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; ability to use intuition and experience to complement existing data.
  • Attendance: ability to consistently arrive and be able to work as scheduled.
  • Computer/Technical Ability: working knowledge of Word Processing software, Spreadsheet software, Internet software
  • Dependability: ability to follow instructions, both in written and verbal format; ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
  • Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations. Awareness of and sensitivity to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
  • Language Ability: ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence; ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
  • Mathematical Ability: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Motor Coordination: the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, fingers, and feet accurately and handle precise movements.
  • Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
  • Quality Management: ability to complete duties, on time and with absolute precision, at least 95% of the time; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve and promote quality in work.
  • Reasoning Ability: ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions; ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Supervisory Skills: ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s policies and applicable laws. Applicable supervisory responsibilities include: training, and coaching employees, planning, assigning and directing work, reviewing performance, addressing complaints and questions and resolving problems for assistant teachers or volunteers assigned to classroom.

Workplace Environmental Conditions

  • Client Population may include persons involved in gangs, with substance abuse concerns, homelessness and/or tendencies towards violent behavior.
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