Child Care Specialist (Non- Standard Hours)(Limited Duration)

Recruitment #1710-CHCSPCGENI-002

Introduction

WHY JOIN US

Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.

WHY WE EXIST

Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.

WHAT MATTERS MOST

Hillsborough County Government is guided by our shared values that help us deliver on the promise of effective quality service. We expect and demonstrate:

  • 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.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • Associates degree or higher in Social or Behavioral Science
  • 2 years of experience working in a residential child care facility that houses at-risk youth ages 10-17 years old
  • 2 years of experience working with at-risk youth
  • Possess any certification closely related to the field
  • Flexibility to work non-standard hours including various 12-hour shifts (nights, weekends, and holidays)
  • Possession of a valid Driver License

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.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: (Limited Duration) The position to be filled is limited duration for twelve (12) months. The person hired receives all rights and benefits of the classified service except the right of tenure.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.; Occasionally sitting at a desk or table. Frequently standing and/or walking outside around 30-acre campus; Ability to provide physical intervention as prescribed by approved trauma informed practice model (NAPPI) 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Constantly requires incumbent to remain on premises during breaks and/or meal periods; Frequently requires transporting children in County vans.

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.

Conclusion

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from three health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 60 days of employment.
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year.

Visit our Employee Benefits page for more exciting details.

Veteran’s Preference:

Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*