Reports To: Behavior Support Services Supervisor
Beginning Pay: $12.94
Application Deadline: February 13, 2019
Part-time position (with the potential for full time) working 3-5 days a week, after school, evening, and weekend hours with developmentally delayed or severely emotionally disturbed children. Meeting with the child in the family home to teach, train and/or assist the child with his or her needs that may increase or maintain independence.
I. MISSION STATEMENT
Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.
II. NATURE OF WORK
The Behavior Support Services (BSS) Specialist will assist children and their families in achieving the treatment plan objectives of their primary agency program by teaching, training, assisting, and supporting children and adolescents as part of their person-centered plan. The Specialist may also provide respite services to children and families.
III. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. The BSS Specialist will be responsible for creating and maintaining a schedule with their assigned families each month and provide to the assigned case worker and Behavior Support Specialist Supervisor.
2. The BSS Specialist will be responsible for meeting with the program specific case worker at least one time per quarter to discuss current cases.
3. The BSS Specialist will be responsible to attend mandatory group supervision meetings and individual supervision on a monthly basis with BSS Supervisor.
4. The BSS Specialist will be responsible for meeting with the consumer at their primary residence and/or in the community to implement the person-centered plan as written by the program specific case worker.
5. The BSS Specialist will be responsible for documenting each shift on a log sheet. Logs must reflect that the BSS Specialist is assisting, training, or teaching a skill from the PCP.
6. The BSS Specialist will be responsible for completing and submitting time sheets, logs, and data sheets on a weekly basis to the BSS Supervisor.
7. The BSS Specialist will maintain strict confidentiality regarding his/her work with clients of the agency.
B. Performance Expectations:
1. Become familiar with and follow the code of ethics for your profession and agree to abide by the related agency standards.
2. Possess an understanding and sensitivity to the client’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
3. Knowledge of developmental disabilities, special education, and mental illness preferred.
4. Good communication skills.
5. Must have a good driving record and have a car available with appropriate insurance. The BSS Specialist’s personal vehicle is the expected primary mode of transportation in the course of performing job duties and responsibilities. The vehicle must be kept in a safe driving condition.
6. Personal qualities of warmth, sensitivity and the ability to establish effective relationships and a capacity to make sound decisions.
7. Appropriate assertiveness, flexibility, judgment, self-organization and self-direction.
8. High frustration/stress level.
9. Positive, accepting attitude.
10. Ability to work with a variety of people both within and outside the Agency and must promote a positive image for the Agency in the community and in relationship with other agencies and their personnel.
IV. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
A. Ability to communicate verbally and effectively to exchange information with coworkers, peers, the community, and others involved in your position.
B. Ability to maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time.
C. Ability to determine and assess job related documents and visually utilize Agency equipment.
D. Ability to physically handle and perform job related functions, including the operation of Agency equipment.
E. Ability to ascend/descend stairs safely and successfully.
F. Ability to physically position oneself to effectively interact with students.
G. Ability to lift and transport 30lbs.
H. In transporting children, the BSS Specialist will always follow the Michigan Transportation Law regarding children, which states: "Children under one year of age must be secured in a safe child care seat." "Children between one and four years of age must ride in a safe car seat when they are front seat passengers and must use either the vehicle seat belt or a safe child car seat when they are back seat passengers." The BSS Specialist will assure that all occupants of the car wear seat belts at all times. The BSS Specialist will follow all traffic laws and use all necessary precautions to assure the safety of his/her passengers and themselves.
V. MINIMUM PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
A. Experience working with children and adolescents, with knowledge of autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, and/or mental health or substance abuse strongly preferred.
B. Minimum of 30 college credits, working towards bachelor degree completion in human services.
C. Good oral and written communication skills.
D. Working knowledge of Microsoft office and Outlook.
E. Valid driver’s license, adequate insurance with a car available at all times.
F. Capacity to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of children and families, including evenings and weekends.
G. Good moral character.
H. A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values.