Position Summary: Under the close supervision and direct ion of the Shelter Manager, Children's
Advocate provides direct service to children and parents residing at the emergency shelter, including developing and implementing our Children's Program. The Children's Advocate will provide support to our children to meet their distance learning requirements. This position works as part of an overall team that provides comprehensive shelter services, which includes emergency housing, case management, and our
Children's Program during nontraditional hours; specifically, Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
PAY: $15.00 to $18.00 per hour
Responsible for the overall supervision of children during group and distance learning, with the aim of providing a healthy, safe and enjoyable environment. This position provides educational support to our children of school age residing in our emergency shelter, assisting with scheduled class time facilitated by local school districts, homework help, other enrichment activities, including building daily/weekly schedules to ensure that all of our children are meeting their educations requirements while distance learning on site at One Safe Place.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
- Meet with shelter residents to communicate the weekly outline for each child in their family residing in shelter, who needs educational I support, including children w it h Individualized Education Program ( IEP) goals.
- Provide needs assessments, teen-assessments, and child interaction for families coming into shelter.
- Set weekly schedule for children's attendance in distance learning and group activities, preparing required materials, snacks, and activities to ensure structure of the program.
- Assist children in completing c classroom m video meetings, assignments, homework<,and project s.
- Tutor individual or small groups of children.
- Facilitate group activities for children during free periods of time or as scheduled.
- Monitor and oversee student practice and assignments in various subjects.
- Observe and redirection behavior of children in the program according to approved procedures.
- Monitor children during outside activities as directed.
- Provide peer counseling to children affected by domestic
- violence and/or sexual assault.
- Model positive parenting techniques and offer parenting support and guidance to parents as needed.
- Provide referrals to clients in need of childcare through Shasta County Office of Education (SCO E) Early Childhood Services Program for those who would qualify for services.
ADDITI ONAL JOB DUTIES:
- Work with families to establish a plan to address children's needs.
- Keep pa rents updated on their children's success in schoolwork completion.
- Provide opportunities for children and families at shelter to participate in healthy and positive
- Social interactions and community functions when safe.
- Mediate any conflicts that may arise between children of your group.
- Participate in Residence Family Nights.
- Report any notable concerns or incidents to the Shelter Manager for direction.
- Uphold One SAFE Place's organizational values in a internal and external actions.
- Work a minimum of 2 shifts per month on the Crisis Hotline rotation.
- Other duties as assigned by the shelter manager or executive director.
- Work environment is primarily in an office setting. Local travel (driving) may be required to attend off-site meetings as needed. Lift and carry 25lbs, extend both arms above the head and or reach below the waist, stoop, squat, crawl, bend the back or open lower-level filing, drawers, or to retrieve stored items, climb a ladder or stairs, or use an elevator.
- Associate degree in Human Services, Child Development, or a similar field preferred, or at least two years relevant work experience with a social services agency serving individuals who have experienced trauma or in a school or preschool setting.
- Excellent oral and written communication, skills, including ability to speak effectively in public and facilitate group discussions as needed.
- Ability to relate to others in a non-judgmental, empathetic and supportive way.
- Ability to work both independently and as a team.
- Ability to represent One Safe Place professionally on agency business, including willingness to adhere to agency dress code policy.
- Ability to practice balance and self-care while meeting the demands of crisis center.
- Free from any personal involvement with domestic violence and or sexual assault within the past 12 months.
- Successful completion of One Safe Places 66 hour domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention counselor training ( post-hiring requirement)
- Ability to provide copy of valid CA driver’s license, have reliable transportation, and submit current proof of vehicle insurance.
- Ability to pass a background investigation, including willingness to be fingerprinted and undergo pre-employment drug testing.
- Accepts and demonstrates One Safe Place’s mission and vision is to provide intervention and safety to a community affected by domestic and sexual abuse. Our vision is a community free of domestic and sexual abuse. We will do this by committing to serve the community with integrity, excellence, compassion, teamwork and respect.
- Collaboration: works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Build rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understand and meaning speaks and writes effectively and takes initiative to assist in developing others.
- Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths, and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well: uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.