SNAP classroom Behaviourist
1 Full Time (35 Hours a week) – Contract ending June 26, 2020 with the potential for extension
English Essential. French is considered an asset.
Anticipated start date:
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington
$19.00 – $20.00
4% vacation pay & pension plan. After 3 months, eligibility for Health & Drug Benefits
Experience working with Children, Youth and Families
February 28, 2020 @ 4:00pm
SNAP CLASSROOM – BEHAVIOURIST
ABOUT THE AGENCY
Youth Diversion is a charitable organization which has offered service to youth in the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington area since 1974. The goals of the organization are to help youth overcome challenges by providing individualized services to divert youth from risk; offering both intervention and prevention services; and, working collaboratively and in partnership with youth, their families and our community. The agency is comprised of various prevention and intervention programs such as our CHANCE Youth Mentoring program, Rebound, Youth Justice Police and Court Diversion (EJS/EJM/YJC programs), Early Intervention Intersections, Suspension & Expulsion School program (SNAP), KAIROS Addictions and Substance use counselling, School based mediation program (MEND) and Youth Outreach services.
In order to enhance the delivery of the services we provide to Children and Youth within the Kingston and Surrounding areas; Youth Diversion is a volunteer-driven agency. Volunteers are a major factor in the successes that our youth achieve, they take on roles assisting with programming to provide more support and role models in the lives of our clientele. Agency staff provide guidance and training to our volunteers within their programs which allows us to help our volunteers grow in their abilities to support and build resilience in our youth and foster growth within our communities.
The SNAP Classroom Behaviourist works in direct collaboration with the Classroom Coordinator within our School Based programming team. Our School and Non-Academic Program (SNAP) has been developed jointly with the Safe Schools partners committee, which includes representatives from police, education and child welfare. The SNAP program provides an alternative venue for students between 12-18 to attend a school program while suspended or expelled under Board Policy and/or the Safe Schools Protocol. Referrals to the program are received directly from school principals following their decision to pursue this disciplinary action against a youth within their school. Our SNAP program serves the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington regions schools both in the public and Catholic school boards.
The objective of the program is to provide students under suspension or expulsion with an opportunity to continue their education and develop appropriate social skills. The program is supervised by the Classroom Coordinator and Classroom Behaviourist along with an assigned teacher from the referring school boards. Additional support is provided to our students through Program Volunteers who are trained and supported by the SNAP team workers. While participating in the program the student will remain in a positive environment avoiding negative influences which may affect his/her behaviour.
A typical day for a student begins with an assessment, the assessment will then be used to develop an appropriate intervention plan for the duration of the suspension or expulsion. The program will then deliver some cognitive support that is tailored to the individual needs of the youth and provide teacher support and tutoring as required. Upon exit of the program a report will be issued on the youth's progress and the recommended follow-up to their involvement in the Program. Work alternates throughout the day between academic work and cognitive skill development.
EDUCATION & REQUIREMENTS:
- Diploma or Degree in the behavioural sciences and two years of related experience working with youth developing and implementing behavioural strategies.
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to the life experiences and diverse needs, identities and cultural backgrounds of at-risk youth in underserved communities;
- Knowledge of the community including knowledge of local programs and services for youth and local youth populations;
- Experience with high needs youth, preferably in a school setting;
- Sound knowledge of behavioural theories and strategies;
- Knowledge and skill in planning and delivering group programs and workshops.
QUALIFICATION & SKILLS:
- Skills and experience in establishing trusting relationships with youth;
- Sound knowledge of community resources and services for children, youth and families;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and negotiate effectively with a range of community groups and service providers across sectors;
- Knowledge of relevant legislation, Child & Family Services Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act and Occupational Health & Safety Act;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Knowledge and training in suicide assessment and interventions;
- Experience in accessing services for clients to agencies and services that provide support in the areas of mental health, education, housing, recreation, child services and other services;
- Skills and cultural competency in working with a diverse range of cultures particularly with First Nations, Métis and Inuit;
- Knowledge of trauma-informed therapeutic approaches;
- Experience engaging in client-centred work with vulnerable children/youth, specifically those with mental health concerns, addictions, and developmental disabilities in related role supporting children, youth and families;
- Community development experience considered an asset;
- Computer skills in using applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and the use of Client Information Systems Database;
- Act as an advocate for client groups in the community;
- Bilingual in English/French is an asset;
- Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends as needed.
- Work one-to-one with students who have been suspended and expelled from school, providing non-academic and academic support;
- Proven assessment skills using various screening and assessment tools;
- Be able to research, develop and deliver non-academic activities for students with a wide range of abilities;
- Possess excellent leadership skills and be able to effectively facilitate a classroom environment;
- Have proven conflict resolution skills. MEND level one training, Mediation or Conflict Resolution training considered an asset;
- Have excellent organizational and time management skills;
- Able to supervise and support volunteers;
- Be self-directed and able to work independently as well as work collaboratively with others as a team;
- Provide suitable supervision for staff, placement students, and volunteers, which includes written feedback and evaluations;
- Provide training for placement students and volunteers;
- Have the ability to liaise and collaborate with schools, both boards of education, and counsellors, while maintaining professionalism;
- Evaluate student progress based on a record of behaveour and cognitive skills sessions;
- Provide recommendations for transitions to the school board based on student evaluations and team input;
- Bilingual candidates are preferred.
Case Management Duties:
- Assess the needs of the client using standard assessment tools;
- Develop an action/intervention plan that is evidence informed and reflects the needs of the client and best practice;
- Deliver the program or service according to the standards of the organization;
- Ensure client documentation is complete including files, case notes and reports;
- Provide written reports as required;
- Liaise with agencies in the areas of education, child welfare, mental health, and justice
- Maintain accurate statistics and report as required;
- Engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to client needs and refer clients to other agencies as necessary;
- Transition clients to other agencies as necessary;
- Maintain client confidentiality as required by law and according to our policies;
- Supervise youth during program;
- Manage classroom behaviours;
- Complete progress reports on clients;
- Schedule volunteers in time slots;
- Communicate with parent(s) and schools regarding progress;
- Brief and Debrief staff, placement students and volunteers;
- Track and record attendance and notify parent/school of absences;
- Ensure academic support is available;
- Communicate with referring schools about appropriateness of referrals with the SSW, prepare a Student Action Plan (SAP);
- Conduct intake with parent/guardian, student, (Student Support Worker) and where appropriate, the principal.
STANDARD AGENCY PRACTICES
- Engage in professional development to ensure skills and knowledge remain current;
- Engage in public education about the services of the organization;
- Develop and distribute educational materials appropriate to the program or service;
- Assist in the supervision and evaluation of volunteers and placement students;
- Attend monthly staff meetings;
- Actively promote the programs and services of the organization;
- Maintain familiarity with policies and procedures of the organization;
- Conduct evaluation and quality control including outcome measures and client feedback;
- Actively participate on relevant committees and workgroups;
- Communicate with Volunteer Manager regarding required volunteer resources;
- Provide training and support to volunteers specific to the program or service;
- Assist in the supervision of college placement students;
- Complete appropriate assessments of college placement students;
- Participate in threat assessment, case conferences and plan of care meetings;
- Participate in team meetings;
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- Up to date immunization status according to national standards, including Hep B and a two-step TB protocol completed once;
- Current First Aid / CPR-C certificate;
- Current certification in Non-violent Crisis intervention or equivalent certification in Management and Defusing of violent behaviours;
- Oral and written fluency in English is essential. Oral and written fluency in French is considered an asset. Bilingual candidates please indicate on your resume your level of French Language proficiency both oral and written;
- Ability to travel through the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Areas to fulfill the demands of the position. Suggestion would be to have a valid Class “G” driver’s licence along with the use of a reliable vehicle with required insurance. Candidates who have been able to find alternative transportation arrangements to fulfill this need may be considered;
- A current Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check will be required.
Applications will be received no later than February 28 by 4:00pm. We request that candidates submit cover letter and resume, clearly indicating how you meet the qualifications, by email and addressed to:
The Hiring Committee
Youth Diversion invites applications from all qualified individuals. Youth Diversion is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, First Nations and Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.