Children's Bureau
  • - Shelter
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

The Teaching Specialist is responsible for teaching sound social, academic, and independent living skills to youth placed in the shelter care facility through the Teaching Family Model in order to promote positive behavior change based on each youth's individualized behavior management plan.

 

Here's what you can expect in the way of specific job responsibilities as well as time allocation estimates: 

 Childcare (80%)

  • Courteously communicate and collaborate with all shelter staff and supervisors in order to provide healthy day to day care of children
  • Patiently establish and maintain meaningful positive relationships with children as outlined in each behavior care plan using the Teaching Family Model (TFM)
  • Consistently maintain a daily, structured routine that includes extra-curricular activities in and outside of the shelter to promote healthy habits based on children's developmental needs
  • Conscientiously model and teach youth various life skills such as appropriate social interaction, self care including personal hygiene, and self-maintenance including household chores and food preparation
  • Accurately follow de-escalation procedures in response to crises by identifying and implementing appropriate verbal techniques from the TFM or prescribed in an individualized behavior support plan; attempt to reduce or eliminate the need for physical restraint

 

Shelter Administration (20%)

  • Thoroughly complete all required paperwork on time in accordance with TFM requirements
  • Diligently oversee medication administration according to agency policy and accurately maintain medication logs
  • Meticulously maintain the cleanliness and upkeep of the shelter in compliance with regulations
  • Continually maintain the academic structure within the shelter

Job requirements

To be successful in this role, you need to have the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • College degree preferred
  • Previous leadership experience preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective organization & time management skills
  • Candidates must be at least 21 years of age
  • Valid driver's license with valid insurance

 

Our ideal Teaching Specialist would carry out their responsibilities while displaying the following key behavioral competencies:

  • Team Focus – Work closely with coworkers and supervisors to make effective decisions and ensure childcare tasks are done in the best interest of the team and children.
  • Supportive Service – Attend to each child's daily needs and extracurricular activities in an approachable, relaxed, and compassionate manner.
  • Patience – Maintain a positive, daily, repetitive behavioral and activity ritual for children at the shelter and allow children time to develop positive habits.
  • Conscientious Quality – Ensure that children are in a safe, supportive environment and that care decisions are made with the child's best interest in mind.
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