Child Development Specialist
The Child Development Specialist is the point person and supervisor in “Playland” which is where children are taken care of while their parent receives a myriad of services at the New Orleans Family Justice Center. Playland is in many ways the nucleus of the NOFJC, providing a safe, fun, and therapeutic space for children, most of whom have either witnessed and/or have directly suffered abuse. The position requires constant collaboration with the Children’s Counseling Program and a creative leadership style to assist in developing the children’s services programs.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Welcome families—both the children and parents—warmly to Playland
- Tend to any immediate needs of children entering, such as snacks or emotional support
- Develop tool to assess for longer term needs: school lunch, tutoring, advocacy, summer camp, uniforms, etc…
- Create a therapeutic environment for children with special attention to safety and emotional needs of children who have witnessed or experienced abuse
- Assist parents in understanding the effects of trauma on children and help increase parenting skills through trauma-informed coaching
- Develop Playland programming in conjunction with Director of Children’s Services
- Administer trauma and behavioral assessments for children as directed by supervisor using database software to record statistical information
- Refer children to counseling services as necessary and participate in case reviews with Children’s Counseling staff
- Maintain communication with Crescent House shelter staff and arrange to provide regular services to children living in shelter
- Advocate for children’s needs to other staff and partners when necessary
- Assist in planning and organizing events for children and families, such as holidays and special occasions
- Regularly stock Playland with snacks and supplies within NOFJC budget
- Develop relationships in the greater community to increase resources for families of NOFJC and increase collaboration with community agencies
- Research best practices in the field of child development, resilience, and healing from childhood trauma in order to incorporate such practices into the NOFJC whenever possible
- Review and ensure that all documents are in compliance with the goals and requirements of the Children’s Services program and NOFJC guidelines.
- Complete 40 hours of domestic violence training and 40 hours of sexual assault training provided by the NOFJC in the first year of employment.
- Attend trainings, such as Play Therapy, as requested by Director of Children’s Services
- Attend pertinent meetings as requested by the Director Of Children’s Services
- Perform other job-related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary
Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Psychology or related field. Master’s preferred. 2-5 years of experience working with children required, ideally in a therapeutic capacity. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
Qualified candidate must love working with children 1 and up. He or she will be a self-starter with a high level of creativity and enthusiasm for developing the children’s programming and services. The ideal candidate will have experience with trauma-informed care and will be passionate about helping children heal from trauma. He or she will be excited to create the best possible environment for families, even for just a one-time visit. He or she must possess outstanding customer service skills as well as excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Must be organized, detail oriented, and collaborative. Good PC skills, timely responsiveness to emails, and ability to learn the agency’s computer programs are required. The qualified candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Must also be comfortable working in a high energy work environment and demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the New Orleans Family Justice Center.
Reporting Relationship: Director of Children’s Services Program
Salary Range: $32,000-$37,000
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com entitled “Child Development Specialist”