Educational Support Specialist - Caminos West
Reports to: Caminos West Educational Coordinator
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Last date reviewed: 12/11/2019
Position Summary: The Educational Support Specialist assists with the general supervision and management of students both in the residence as well as the school setting. Working under the direction of the classroom teacher, this position will assist with the implementation of instructional plans as well as support the treatment needs of students. This position is integral to supporting the unique needs of each student and identifying proper solutions when students encounter challenges.
- Interact with residents/students in a developmentally appropriate manner while also demonstrating knowledge of trauma informed care practices.
- Ensures that the student to teaching staff ratio is adequate and consistent with federal, state and agency regulations.
- Contributes to the prevention and management of challenging behaviors by implementing the school-wide behavior management system.
- Assists with residential functions such as helping residents complete the morning routine and transitioning residents/students to and from destinations by before, during and after the school day.
- Participate as needed in classroom instruction, activities and routines, under the direction of designated teaching personnel.
- Assure that established routines are followed, for example: supervising meals and participating in recreational and physical education activities.
- Maintain a high standard of cleanliness and order in the living unit/classroom.
- Participate in treatment process for assigned youth.
- Encourage youth in their academic pursuits, providing individualized support based on the needs of the youth.
- Maintain a log/utilize incident report process.
- Assure that administrative and/or departmental expectations are met.
- Ensure the completion of required assessments and data reporting in compliance with federal, state and agency regulations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the value of cultural diversity, including the ability to develop systems and practices that are inclusive of diverse staff members and responsive to the cultural needs of the client population served.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with both Board of Child Care and Office of Refugee Resettlement Policy and Procedures relating to the care and supervision of Unaccompanied Children. This includes knowledge of legal background and authority governing the practice as related to working with Unaccompanied Children.
- Work with adolescents with cultural and social differences
- Work effectively as a member of a team.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of child care and education.
- Establish relationships with children and adolescents on a group and individual basis, gaining their trust & confidence.
- Identify professional development and training needs as they arise
- Accurate Listening
- Attention to Detail
- Handling Stress
- Human Awareness
- Internal Self Control
- Monitoring Others
- Developing Others
- Monitoring Others
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
In the nature of being at a residential living environment there may be times you experience conditions in which challenging behavior can be exhibited from our youth to include but not limited to, physical agitation, physical violence and/or emotion outburst.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Not eligible for flex schedule. Essential during inclement weather.
When school is not in session, will be assigned to work in a unit; hours will be determined by unit supervisor, based on agency needs.
Required Education and Experience
- High School diploma with minimum of 2 years of experience working with youth.
Preferred Education and Experience
- Bachelors in Human Services or related field.
- Ability to speak, read and write Spanish
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate understanding of roles of other personnel in the interdisciplinary team approach setting.
- CPR/First Aid
- Valid Driver’s License
- Federal and State Fingerprinting Background Checks
- Drug screening (Pre-Employment and Random)
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.