Full Job Description
The YMCA of South Florida is seeking an experienced professional to join our team as a Behavior Assistant. The Behavior Assistant is responsible for the on-site data collection; staff, environment, and student observation; implementation of strategic interventions for participants, and modeling of YMCA behavioral strategies and interventions. Additional responsibilities include data input, staff training, environmental modification, and development of student specific materials.
Supervise and implement activities for a group of children in accordance to both age and developmentally appropriate practices as outlined by licensing agency, State of Florida, Grant Funders and the YMCA of South Florida.
Conduct and maintain any necessary measurable tools to track children's progress.
Distribute nutritious snacks on a daily basis using universal health/sanitation practices.
Maintain coordination with facility personnel for safety and benefit of children in the program.
Document behavior issues and/or incidents daily, as needed. Communicate with families when needed.
Conduct a health check of each child daily, noting fever, bumps, bruises, burns, or other questionable signs of abuse and document the incident with the Site Supervisor.
Maintain high level of professional courtesy with parents, facility personnel, staff and clients at all times.
Know and follow proper emergency procedures appropriate to the facility and in conformity with procedures adopted by the YMCA of South Florida and emergency service authorities to ensure the safety of children.
Preserve the quality of supplies, equipment and materials. Ensuring proper supply by reporting re-order needs to the Site Supervisor.
Provide regular inspections of areas used by the program to ensure both cleanliness and safety.
Check bathrooms for supplies and basic cleanliness before allowing participants to enter.
Attendance at all staff meetings and training opportunities.
Report all incidents and accidents to supervisor immediately and deliver a copy within 24 hours to the corporate office.
Observe environment, staff, and students to identify need for intervention strategy development.
Encourage and support staff development through modeling, shadowing, training, redirection, and recognition.
Ensure documentation and data collection is completed consistently and accurately.
Ensure data input and behavior strategies are up to date.
Maintain consistent communication with Site Supervisor, and Program Director of all issues concerning the program site.
Follow proper emergency procedures appropriate to the site and in conformity with procedures adopted by the YMCA of South Florida and emergency service authorities to ensure the safety of children and staff.
Monitor and preserve supplies, equipment and materials.
Minimum of a High School Diploma/GED
Minimum Two (2) years' experience including One (1) year experience of direct contact with children with special needs.
Within 1 year of hire, the incumbent must have completed and hold certificates in:
The Thirty (30) Hour Training Requirement consisting of (a) Child Growth and Development, (b) Health, Safety and Nutrition, (c) Child Care Facility State and Local Rules and Regulations, (d) Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, and (e) Behavior Observation and Assessment.
The Ten (10) Hour Developmentally Appropriate Module (preferred- School-Age Appropriate Practices).
Eight (8) Hours of in-service in working with children with Special Needs, or the Ten (10) Hour Special Needs Appropriate Practices Module.
First Aid and CPR
As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit to and satisfactorily clear a thorough Level II fingerprinting background screening.
The YMCA of South Florida is a Drug Free Workplace and is committed to the policy of Equal Opportunity prohibiting discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age or disability.
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