- Microsoft Word
- Computer Skills
- Social Work
- Experience with Children
Aspire is a Program of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare Systems that serves more than 200 participants, teens, and young adults with social cognition challenges, including Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Aspire Summer Camp serves more than 100 participants aged 5-15 who have the cognitive capacity for solid peer connections but who lack the understanding and skill set to form those connections. The summer Curriculum is an immersive experience in which campers are placed into well-matched groups, with participant: staff ratios no greater than 3:1. Participants engage in outdoor education activities, such as swim lessons and boating, theme-based curriculum, such as art or recreation, and skill building lessons to support in the development of social skills, stress management strategies, and self-awareness.
The Social Group Specialist will support Aspire’s program by providing structured weekly social groups to their assigned groups, collaborating with those groups’ direct staff, and participating in the team of others leading specialized curriculum groups in order to establish consistency and reach other related goals. Social Groups are 45 minutes each. Participants are grouped by similar age with no more than 6-8 participants per group. The Specialist will ensure that each group has a well-designed curriculum plan with specific goals to address key developmental milestones, matched to the age and skill level of each group. This professional will also work closely with Site Managers, Assistant Site Managers, Group Leaders, and Assistant Group Leaders and other staff to identify and support participant’s strengths and reinforce social, stress management, and self-awareness goals. This position includes summer camp leadership opportunities. This position also serves as a Transportation Chaperone for the route from Charlestown to Hale at the start and finish of each camp day.
Enrolled in or graduate of Master’s Degree in related field, or bachelor’s degree with significant related experience (e.g.’ social work, speech therapy, education, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, occupational therapy, or psychology).
Prior experience working with children and adolescents with special needs required
Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills.
Experience leading and managing groups of children.
Experience running social skills groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Desire to support direct instruction in social, organizational, and life skills to children and adolescents.
Interest and experience in designing curriculum may be helpful.
Ability to work independently and be flexible.
Solid computer skills. MS Word required; knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access helpful.
Good basic math and writing skills.
Desire to help staff and youth succeed and have fun!
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged
Primary Location: MA-Boston-101 Merrimac - MGH
Work Locations: 101 Merrimac - MGH 101 Merrimac Street Boston 02114
Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Standard Hours: 1
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Temporary
Recruiting Department: Bulfinch Temporary Service
Job Posting: Jan 2, 2019