The Center For Youth Social Learning Specialist in Livonia, New York
This position is for the Livonia Central School District (middle/high school).
The Social Learning Specialist (SLS) as part of a school-based, support services team. The SLS works to create a youth/family/faculty friendly presence within the school that is founded on cooperative relationships and direct communication. The SLS is able to provide the full continuum of care; specific areas of focus are prevention education, Help Zone (alternative to suspension) services and immediate crisis response. SLS will also deliver a variety of best-practice and research-based services (i.e., groups, workshops, curricula), as needed, with a focus on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). The SLS also provides access to additional resources from The Center for Youth.
Note: This is a full-time, 37.50 hours per week, 11-month position. There is one unpaid month off in the summer. Work hours may overlap the school day (before and after school). Special events or projects may take place during the early evenings and/or on a weekend.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Administers, coordinates and oversees program (on-site)
Works in tandem with School Administrators to assure services are based on identified needs and meets with the administrators on a regular basis
Attend School Support Service meetings
Delivers a restorative-based system
Creates and oversees data collection and program evaluation processes
Provides monthly reports to Director of School Based Programs
Coordinates requests for Prevention Education services
Maintains accurate and timely records in accordance with funder and agency requirements
Outreach and information dissemination
Referral and referral readiness;
Immediate response and support;
Prevention education with fidelity including: asset-building groups, research-based curricula, planned-duplication booster sessions
Asset development (risk reduction and protective factor) activities
Alternatives to suspension services including pre/post assessment and transitional services
Agency ambassador and liaison at Referral Team Meetings, Partner Meetings, Open Houses, Health Fairs, etc.
Knowledge of school policies and procedures
Research and design of services including outcome and impact tracking
Record keeping, evaluation and QA
Development and maintenance of resource files, lesson plans and training aids
Participation in individual supervision and all mandated meetings and trainings
Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor
Adhere to ethical conduct
Demonstrate professionalism, i.e., timely, dependable, responsible, flexible
Be non-judgmental and respectful manner especially in regards to immediate crisis response
Possess dynamic platform and facilitation skills
Possess strong organizational, time-management skills
Be a self-starter
Model principles of inclusion and tolerance
Be youth centered and positive
Be youth and family friendly
Establish effective working relationships with supervisor and co-workers
Develop positive relationships with all key stakeholders
Have strong literacy skills (i.e., reading, writing, comprehension)
Conduct research and apply best-practices and evaluation methods
Effectively promote knowledge and skill development and positive behaviors
Provide leadership, work as a team and/or work independently as requested
Candidate must possess significant knowledge of:
Child and Adolescent development including positive youth development, asset development, risk reduction and protective factors, child and adolescent development principals
Crisis management and behavior management techniques
Youth serving systems
CULTURAL COMPETENCY: The Center delivers services to youth and families from many racial, ethnic, cultural, social and life style groups. We value differences in people and strive to understand diverse cultures, ethnic origins, sexual orientations, abilities and beliefs. To this end, all staff is required to attend professional development trainings and to continually enhance their understanding of cultural diversity.
Staff are expected to respect and honor cultural and human diversity and be sensitive to the needs of youth from varied backgrounds. The annual Performance Appraisal provides an opportunity to staff to evaluate how they are integrating culturally competent practices into their everyday work.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelors Degree in a Human Service or related field and 1-3 years of related experience or equivalent combination. Note: A Master Degree, advanced training and/or certification in areas directly related to the skills required preferred.
In addition to the above, it is mandatory that candidates meet the following criteria prior to hire:
Completion of State Central Registry Form*
Authorization for agency to complete criminal background check
Authorization for the agency to obtain driving record information
Completion of fingerprinting process and clearance via NYS Justice Center
A valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable to agency insurance carrier
Regular access to a motor vehicle with automobile insurance at the level of $100,000 per person/ $300,000 per accident Bodily Injury and $ 50,000 Property Damage
Access to a telephone
*Note: It is also mandatory that new employees be cleared by the NYS Central Register prior to unsupervised interaction with students.
Candidates must be able to be autonomously mobile in order to provide the required services.
COMPUTER SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:
Microsoft Office - Basic skill level
The Center for Youth provides equal opportunities for employment in accordance with the law.
Job Type: Full-time