The Support Team position is a year-round position reporting to the Director of Education, working directly with students over the course of the academic day. The Support Team provides front line direct care to students in crisis or requiring additional support. The Support Team is responsible for guiding and mentoring students, handling crisis management, assisting with emergency response procedures, and collaborating with all members of the Shrub Oak staff. As an educator and mentor, the Support Team works closely with colleagues to create/maintain an inclusive community and foster specific skill development to meet the individualized needs of Shrub Oak’s student population.
Essential Functions – Primary duties of the position
- Supports students in crisis management
- Models effective crisis management for staff
- Facilitates and supports student progress toward independence
- Monitors and assists students during educational and recreational activities
- Monitors and assists student in meeting IEP goals and objectives
- Participates in professional development meetings as needed and required
- Participates in crisis intervention as needed and appropriate, and proactively works with students in crisis to de-escalate situations as needed and required using Shrub Oak protocol
- Attends to and reports all emergencies and/or other situations requiring immediate attention in a timely manner to the appropriate staff member(s) in accordance with Shrub Oak policies/procedures
- Attends IEP team meetings and staff meetings as directed and/or scheduled
- Ensures safety procedures are followed
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Required skills, qualifications and competencies
- 48 college credits, AA degree or passing of the Para Assessment Test or relevant combination of post-secondary education and/or a min. of 1 year of relevant professional experience working with the special needs population as a 1:1, DPS, Social Worker, Recreational Therapist, Registered Behavioral Technician, Behavioral Specialist, paraprofessional, assistant teacher or a related position. Working in a school or boarding program is a plus
- Experience working with adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum and/or students with developmental disabilities, who have exhibited challenging behaviors
- Passionate about working with and mentoring students to empower his/her self-determination, self-advocacy and development
- Experience working cross-functionally in a transdisciplinary program
- Knowledge of and experience with crisis prevention, intervention strategies and practices, and behavior intervention plans
- Demonstrated experience working with internal systems to input data and observations
- Ability to work effectively, professionally and courteously with internal and external contacts, including all Shrub Oak staff, parents, and community constituents
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle multiple tasks with frequent interruptions
- Ability to work flexible hours is required
- Excellent computer skills including but not limited to Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, etc.)
- Ability to speak multiple languages is a plus
- Valid driver’s license
The work will generally be performed in a residential, campus school environment.
Physical demands are in excess of sitting, and require walking or standing to a significant degree. The Support Team is required to move throughout the campus on a routine basis and execute program operations. Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer and phone time as well as the ability to navigate stairs, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, bending and squatting, lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds, and the ability to rearrange furniture for events is occasionally required. Ability to move quickly and freely around the campus, and on a moment’s notice, is needed to ensure the safety of our students in unexpected or challenging situations.
Expected Hours of Work
The position is 40 hours a week position.
Shrub Oak International School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to apply for a job or to perform the essentials functions of his/her job. Please advise us if you require a reasonable accommodation.