The Child Development Specialist has an important role at Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Inc. (BCAC) in providing management and structure for the support and nurturance of youth and families visiting the Center. This person will operate within the Family Advocacy Program to ensure that all youth and families who are receiving services at BCAC have a coordinated, trauma-informed response.
The Child Development Specialist must be knowledgeable of child developmental norms and appropriate positive behavioral management techniques. This person must be organized, engaging, energetic, patient, and have excellent listening skills. This position requires the ability to handle multiple tasks, manage multiple youth at one time and be able to interact with all youth in a developmentally appropriate manner.
The Child Development Specialist will ensure that the environment where children and families receive services is kept clean, neat and safe at all times. This person will assist as needed with transportation for effective operation of the Forensic Services program. The person in this position should consult with the Forensic Services program about any concerning observations and be able to document them as necessary. The Child Development Specialist will also assist in clerical and administrative duties.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Contribute to the creation and implementation of BCACs Child Development Program that helps to reduce the effects of trauma while youth are present at BCAC receiving a variety of services
- Engaging youth in specialized activities such as meditation and breathing exercises, expressive art activities, and mindfulness activities
- Engage with youth in the Family Room while their caretakers are with the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) for all appointments
- Develop and engage in developmentally age-appropriate activities with youth
- Create individualized activities for youth, depending on their particular needs, to promote a positive experience while at BCAC.
- Remain current on different child development activities to be utilized with youth (trainings, consultations with other CACs, research articles, etc.)
- Observe children’s behavior and consult with the BCAC Forensic Interviewer, Family Advocate, Medical Provider, or Mental Health therapist about any concerning behaviors or disclosures
- Ensure the maintenance of a clean, neat and safe family room environment for youth and their caregivers
- Assist with the Facility Dog program: Maintain brochures, cards and other forms, document visits on database, and conduct visits with children and families Interact in a friendly, respectful manner to youth and families
- Monitor all video material shown and played on TV
- Assist with transportation services incurred by clients.
- Maintain age-appropriate activities (games, books, magazines, arts and crafts, etc.)
- Organize donations (blankets, books, toys, etc.) that are received for youth
- Manage the inventory of snacks and supplies for youth and families and place orders as required
- Ensure that daily schedule is documented on whiteboard
- Work in cooperation with BCAC’s multidisciplinary team members, including representatives of the Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Department of Social Services-Child Protective Services and the State’s Attorney’s Office of Baltimore City. In all cases, the employee shall recognize that the efforts of the multidisciplinary team are essential to the effective provision of services to abuse victims and their family members
- Perform clerical duties as needed
- Attend meetings and trainings as required
- Perform other duties requested by Forensic Services Department as it relates to youth and families.
- Perform all duties with the highest standards of professional ethics, in accordance with BCAC policy, and in compliance with local, state and federal law.
Education and Skills Required
- Bachelor’s Degree with work experience in child-related fields
- Child friendly, knowledge of developmentally age-appropriate activities
- Great communication and organizational skills
- This position is grant-funded, full-time, 40 hours/week
- 11 am -7 pm Mon.–Thurs., 9 am -5 pm Friday
- Equal Opportunity Employer
- Health benefits and parking available
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $40,000.00 to $55,000.00 /year