The Children’s Development Specialist is responsible for facilitating children’s groups and activities utilizing developmentally appropriate curricula focusing on problem solving, coping skills, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and saying no to drugs, alcohol and violence.
Core Job Responsibilities:
- Agency Commitment and Awareness
- Problem Solving
- Customer Service
- Financial Awareness
Essential Job Duties:
- Plan, schedule, and supervise age appropriate groups and activities for children utilizing prevention based curricula that are developmentally appropriate.
- Provide a learning environment using consistent limits, appropriate positive guidance techniques, and respectful attitudes and actions.
- Ensure that children are supervised at all times in accordance with AWRC Policies and Procedures
- Provide an atmosphere for children to develop positive self-esteem and pride by incorporating each family’s culture into activities.
- Provide weekly reports
- Actively participate in treatment team meetings as directed by the Program Supervisor and/or Mental Health Clinician.
- Maintain all client files and information following AWRC Confidentiality Policies and Procedures
- Facilitate inter-agency referrals to meet clients’ needs by working cooperatively with other agencies.
- Record statistical data and prepare reports to meet agency and funding source requirements as assigned.
- Work cooperatively with volunteers, interns, and others providing agency and client services.
- Participate in in-service training and other meetings as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Credential, and/or CDA, preferred
- Three (3) years professional experience working with children.
- Demonstrated knowledge of child development, birth through adolescence.
- Demonstrated knowledge of issues affecting children with parents who abuse alcohol and other drugs and/or who are diagnosed with a mental disorder.
- Demonstrated organization skills and ability to meet time deadlines.
- Experience maintaining agency and client confidentiality.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to work with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Must be able to climb stairs. Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds.
- Current TB test, physical, and CPR/First Aid Certification required.
- Current Alaska Driver’s License and good driving record required.