Helping Hand Home employs over 90 full-time and part-time staff to work with the 41 children in residence. Positions range from Therapeutic Childcare Specialist and professional clinical staff to administrative and support staff. Helping Hand Home offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
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Therapeutic Childcare Specialist
The Therapeutic Childcare Specialist works to provide a stable, safe, and healing environment for the children in our care. HHH uses the TCU Trust-Based Relationship Intervention model as the foundation of our program. A two-week paid training program is provided.
This role might be a good fit for people interested in direct care, child development, trauma-informed care, mental health, attachment theory and practice, social work, relationship-based therapy, treatment planning, or life skills coaching.
Details of Position:
- Teach and role-model a variety of social, problem solving, academic, recreational, and self-help skills
- Implement motivational and discipline plans and effective teaching techniques taught in training or outlined in individualized treatment plans for the children
- Build relationships with the children through mutual respect, positive feedback, and consistency
- Actively and enthusiastically lead and participate in activities
- Safely use crisis intervention techniques to manage aggressive behavior
- Complete required regular forms and reports accurately
- Contribute to building a home-like, therapeutic environment
- Set boundaries in a nurturing, supportive way
- What we look for: patience, empathy, emotional resilience, flexibility, punctuality
- Part- or full-time hours available. Currently hiring for our next training class.
- Helpful but not required: Social Services degree and/or experience; experience working with children.
- Two-week paid training is provided.
Salary and Benefits:
- Minimum of $15.00 per hour, depending upon experience.
- Full-time employees receive paid health insurance, subsidized dental and vision, 401(k), tuition assistance and 26 days of PTO annually.
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must be physically able to use authorized crisis intervention techniques
- Valid drivers license with clean driving record
- Must be flexible with hours and able to work weekends, holidays, and occasional overnights as needed
Details of Position:
Prepares, serves, and cleans up after meals for the children and staff at the HHH. Maintains the highest standards of kitchen sanitation and nutrition. Assists in inventory and the purchasing of food and disposable items for the home.
Prepares freshly made food products regularly with a minimum of processed foods.
Introduces unfamiliar foods to the children in a positive manner.
Serves traditional holiday meals, ethnic foods representing the cultural backgrounds of the children.
Shelves food and supplies in an organized manner, disposes of expired food products, and rotates food stock regularly
Maintains the highest standards of sanitation while preparing the meals and keeps the kitchen in compliance with health department standards of sanitation.
Cleans all kitchen, dining room, and coffee area equipment according to the posted monthly cleaning schedule.
Adheres to safety procedures with the children.
Has the ability to work responsibly without direct supervision.
Identifies need for and safely / effectively implements crisis intervention techniques as trained.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the policies and procedures of the Helping Hand Home for Children and the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Minimum Standards for residential treatment facilities.
- Thorough knowledge of nutrition and state standards in storing, preparing, and serving food.
- Thorough knowledge of proper sanitation methods and safety measures in a kitchen.
- Skills in planning and preparing quality meals which provide children with sufficient nutrients needed for proper growth and development.
- Ability to serve as a positive role model for children at the Home; to interact therapeutically with the children and to ensure their emotional well being and physical safety; to follow the Home’s policy on confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect as well as related state laws.
- Ability to work cooperatively and productively with supervisors and co-workers; to work effectively as a member of an inter-disciplinary team; to maintain professional relationships; and to resolve conflict appropriately.
- Ability to communicate effectively and professionally uses proper chain of command.
- Ability to grow professionally and learn new skills; to accept constructive feedback and modify behavior accordingly.
- Ability to work in a stressful and occasionally unpredictable environment; skill in handling crisis situations without overreaction or loss of objectivity.
Each employee is accountable and responsible to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the title “Helping Hand.” Our children’s safety, as well as your own, is our primary focus
Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; must be at least 18 years of age; and have a current TB test or chest x-ray. Experience in food service is preferred. Ability to attend and qualify for the food manager’s certification is required.