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MSD Residential Child & Youth Care Practitioner

Contractual Position

Recruitment #17-009014-0004

Introduction

The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a diverse, bilingual community who in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become lifelong learners.  As such, we are looking for dedicated individuals who can join us in the education of the children at MSD.

LOCATION OF POSITION

MSD, Columbia Campus, 8169 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Main Purpose of Job

A Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner (RCYCP) at the Maryland School for the Deaf is the full performance level of work providing guidance to deaf and hard of hearing students by serving as a mentor and role model, offering advice and assistance with everyday life skills, and providing referrals to other staff at the Maryland School for the Deaf. Employees receive general supervision from a Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner Supervisor, School for the Deaf, or from a designated administrator.

Employees may be required to travel to various locations for events such as field trips, workshops, seminars and recreational activities. Employees may be required to work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Employees may be subject to call-in based on staffing needs. Individuals who are assigned to perform the direct care responsibilities related to activities of daily living, self-help, and socialization skills in a residential child care program licensed by the Department of Health and Human Resources or the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are required to become certified as a Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner (RCYCP). Employees will need to meet the minimum qualifications for the RCYCP Certification and they will be required to pass the State Standard Examination. The RCYCP performs the full range of duties under general supervision. The RCYCP is differentiated from the RCYCP Supervisor in that the RCYCP Supervisor has full supervisory responsibility for lower-level Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner.

POSITION DUTIES

Communicates with students to discuss their problems and offer them guidance, and serves as a mentor and role model for their assimilation into the deaf culture;

Monitors students and assists them in complying with daily and weekly schedules of attending classes, completing homework, sleeping, eating, and performing personal hygiene;

Observes and interacts with students to prevent conflicts and minimize disturbances;

Implements, helps to evaluate, and recommends modifications to student Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in areas such as proper etiquette, and interpersonal relations, and student behavioral modification plans;

Devises and dispenses rewards and punishments within specified guidelines to ensure students comply with Maryland School for the Deaf rules and policies;

Documents and reports student problems to the RCYCP Supervisor;

Informs parents of student development through telephone calls, letters, and meetings with the Parent, Teacher, and Counselor;

Assesses emergency and crisis situations, makes appropriate contacts and referrals, and provides interim emergency medical and other assistance until specialized assistance is available;

May supplement classroom instruction by tutoring students in academic subjects;

May serve as a coach for extra-curricular activities such as football, basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading;

May participate in the development of educational programs and workshops;

May plan, raise funds for and oversee off-campus field trips and recreational activities;

May transport students to off-campus activities;

May make periodic safety checks of doors and windows of student residences;

Performs other related duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Must be either 21 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or possession of a high school equivalency certificate, or at least 18 years old with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: One year of experience providing guidance to deaf and hard of hearing youth and assisting them with everyday life skills in a student life setting.  Employees in this classification are required to be proficient in American Sign Language and in written English.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of the child and adolescent developmental process;

Knowledge of the physical, emotional and social aspects of deafness;

Working knowledge of Life Skills Development and Standards of Health and Safety;

Understanding of Legal and Ethical Issues in Residential Care;

Skill in American Sign Language sufficient to permit fluent and accurate communication with students and parents;

Skill in written English sufficient to permit fluent and accurate communication with students and parents who are not proficient in American Sign Language;

Ability to learn emergency medical procedures;

Ability to implement student behavior modification and education plans;

Ability to organize and maintain a dormitory environment conducive to positive student development;

Ability to plan, coordinate and oversee educational and recreational student activities;

Ability to work harmoniously with students and with other employees.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Employees in this classification will be required to obtain and maintain RCYCP certification.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.  Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

3. Employees in this classification will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid training leading to certification.  These certifications must be kept current as a requirement of residential child care licensure by the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Employees in this classification are required to be proficient American Sign Language and in written English.

2. Employees in this classification will be required to pass a medical examination and annual screening for tuberculosis as a requirement of residential child care licensure by the Maryland State Department of Human Resources.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

4. Employees in this classification will be required to apply for a criminal background check as a requirement of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law, Section 5-561.

5. Candidates will need to provide three letters of recommendation.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applications will be prescreened before candidates are invited to an interview.  As an equal opportunity employer, MSD is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.  As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If online access is not available or if you encounter difficulty, you may submit via mail, e-mail, fax, or deliver in person before the closing date and time.  Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.  Additional or supplemental information must be submitted by the closing date and time.  The preferred method to receive additional information is for them to be uploaded.  Application inquiries or supplemental information can be directed to the following:

Mailing Address: Maryland School for the Deaf Recruitment Department, P. O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044

E-mail: emily.hicks@msd.edu

Phone: 410-696-3031, TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Fax: 410-696-3084

Individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.