Child Associate

Waterbury Public Schools | Waterbury, CT, United States

Posted Date 11/19/2021
Description

Waterbury Public Schools

JOB CLASSIFICATION TITLE:
Child Associate
DEPARTMENT:
Elementary School
INCUMBENT NAME:
Primary Mental Health Program Grant
BARGAINING UNIT CLASSIFICATION:
Non-Union
REPORTS TO:
Receives direct supervision from the School Principal and School Psychologist or School Social Worker assigned to the school.
FLSA DESIGNATION:
Non-Exempt; Approximately 14 weeks; 20 hours a week. $22.00 per hour.

PART I - SUMMARY OF CLASSIFICATION
This class is accountable providing support services to benefit the Primary Mental Health Grant students and their families.
PART II - MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
A. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
General Experience:
Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university and any experience that will provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.
B. CREDENTIALS:
C. LICENSURES, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Motor Vehicle Class D Operator’s License.

D. CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Incumbents in this class are expected to be trained in and be current in all aspects of the program.
E. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of and respect for the diverse backgrounds (cultural, linguistic, environmental) of students and how these characteristics affect the student’s life and learning;
  • Knowledge of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS);
  • Knowledge of relevant laws, rules, regulations, and Board policies and District procedures;
  • Interpersonal and social skills;
  • Ability to administer pre and post testing required for the grant, including computer based testing and to use that testing information to inform
  • Ability to be sensitive and respectful in communications regarding all children and families, regardless of differences in cultural heritage, lifestyle, values, and home environment;
  • Ability to collect and record performance data on students and use that data to work on the student’s difficulties;
  • Ability to collect objective and accurate information on student behavior and to use the information to help the student through play;
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to effectively employ a variety of strategies that reinforce positive behavior;
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with students;
  • Ability to follow oral and written direction of licensed teachers and related service providers relating to the needs of the students in the program.
  • Ability to follow state and local requirements for the program.;
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and prioritize multiple tasks;
  • Ability to participate as a member of the educational team when requested to attend conferences with families or primary caregivers;
  • Ability to prepare and organize materials to support the grant;
  • Ability to reinforce the development of student social skills by using appropriate strategies;
  • Ability to use ethical practices for confidential communication about students;
  • Ability to use strategies that promote the student’s success in school;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with teachers, administration and related service providers to identify students and administer the program.
  • Ability to work through play with children to help them adjust to school and gain confidence, social skills and focus on learning;
  • Ability to work with elementary age children by using play activities to address children’s school adjustment difficulties;
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

PART III - POSITION SUPERVISES:
None
PART IV - ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The following identifies the primary and essential functions of the position and is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of all duties.
  • Assists in maintaining the security of records, materials and equipment;
  • Communicates effectively with the staff members, students, parents, administrators and other contact persons;
  • Follows appropriate training and leads small group activities;
  • Identifies supplies needed and prepares the classroom environment for learning activities through play as set forth by the grant;
  • Keeps supervisor informed of potential problems or unusual events;
  • Maintains a clean and orderly play environment for students;
  • Maintains confidentiality regarding school/workplace matters;
  • Models and maintains high ethical standards;
  • Observes, records, and monitors student activities;
  • Participates in professional activities, trainings, workshops and meetings as required by the grant;
  • Participates in statewide training for PMHP staff provided by the State Department of Education.
  • Prepares folders and materials for students as assigned;
  • Prepares required reports and maintains all appropriate records;
  • Responds to inquiries and concerns in a timely manner;
  • Sees each assigned student thirty (30) minutes per week at individual sessions, or in small groups with other students, which includes walking students to and from the playroom for sessions, meeting with supervisors, and conferencing with parents and teachers as necessary;
  • Sets up and operates equipment and other materials for grant purposes;
  • Works to increase parent involvement and knowledge and conducts parent activities;
  • Works with approximately twenty (20) students during each of four – eight (8) week sessions;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job responsibilities and duties performed by personnel so classified.
The Waterbury Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the District when necessary.
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