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Hillsborough County Government

Child Care Specialist (#CHCSPCGENI) GENI
$13.38-$21.25 Hourly / $2,319.20-$3,683.33 Monthly / $27,830.40-$44,200.00 Yearly




JOB OVERVIEW

Performs child care duties safeguarding the general welfare of youths assigned to a county child caring center.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

An Associate's degree; and
One year of experience working with youths as a counselor, recreational leader, or instructor or as a care provider to emotional, mentally or physically disabled youths; and
Possession of a valid Driver's License.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).Knowledge of First Aid, CPR and Universal Precautions.
  • Knowledge of the functions, services, procedures and regulations of the unit or department to which assigned.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in the implementation of NAPPI crisis intervention (ie. crisis counseling, physical restraint techniques, and environmental safety observations). 
  • Knowledge of available social support agencies and resources in the community.
  • Knowledge of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
  • Knowledge of the principles and terminology of child and adolescent developmental stages and intervention techniques.
  • Skill in the application of consequences and positive reinforcement.
  • Ability and willingness to work with youth with emotional, mental or physical disabilities.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to physically restrain youth weighing up to 107 pounds when required.
  • Ability to detect potential dangers to youth or staff and take proactive and appropriate action, and follow established reporting procedures and protocol.
  • Ability to participate in physical/outdoor activities that may require bending, stooping, and lifting.
  • Ability to follow established procedures and support alignment with the department's goals and vision.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to handle confidential information in accordance with established Federal, State and local laws and ordinances.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to maintain work related records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Monitors the behavior and participates with youth during all assigned program activities.
  • Applies interventions based on prescribed treatment plans and provides life skills, social, emotional, and educational skill-based services training.
  • Ensures a safe and healthy environment at program facilities by monitoring the status of clients and by recommending, implementing, and/or monitoring corrective actions as needed.
  • Completes reports such as runaway, incident, abuse, daily charts, token points, or logs.
  • Facilitates comprehensive intakes, screenings, and assessments of youth entering the program.
  • Conducts timely, accurate and complete eligibility determination for program applicants. Ensure 100% eligibility verification of all program applicants prior to registration/enrollment.
  • Conducts orientations on program eligibility requirements and services.
  • Ensures timely, accurate and complete data input for enrollments.
  • Communicates eligibility criteria, including packet/application submission.
  • Documents all participant contacts and activities in case notes and ensure that contacts are made as required.
  • Maintains all required trainings and certifications mandated by federal, state, and county governments and contracts.
  • CPR/AED, First Aid, NAPPI, HIPAA, and NIMS certifications must be obtained within the first 90 days of employment.
  • Performs general safety inspections of buildings and grounds, general cleaning and maintenance of buildings, and submits maintenance work orders as needed.
  • Transports clients using assigned county vehicle as required.
  • Recruits applicants through proven recruitment and outreach strategies such as social service organizations, community events, schools and other potential referral sources.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Frequently requires transporting children in County vans.

Frequently in a high noise environment.

Frequently requires extensive safety training.

Frequently sitting at a desk or table and using a computer.

Ability to lift up to 50lbs; Ability to provide physical intervention as prescribed by approved trauma informed practice model (NAPPI).

Frequently standing and/or walking outside around 30-acre campus.

Ability to participate in physical/outdoor activities that may require bending, stooping, and lifting.


CLASS: CHCSPCGENI; EST: 8/22/2008; REV: 10/7/2016;