The Childcare Provider provides educational, psychosocial learning services for children living in a residential substance abuse treatment setting. Responsibilities include ensuring a safe, secure environment, meeting the age appropriate, individual needs of each child, and communicating status and needs reports to the child's parents and to program staff.
Location: This position is based out of our Mountaindale location-Cornelius, OR.
Pay: $20.30 starting hourly pay. There is also a $1.25 location differential for this position.
- Provide close supervision to a group of children in an assigned classroom (defined by child's age). Attend to the safety and well-being of children while parents are attending group sessions and other clinical services. Duties may include dressing children, changing diapers, observing, and monitoring children's independent play activities, as well as instructing children in age-appropriate health and personal habits such as eating, resting and toilet habits.
- Give consistent age and culturally appropriate support and nurturing care to each child. Treat each child with respect and compassion, providing discipline that is positive and does not resort to physical force or restraint. Maintain awareness of children's cognitive and developmental levels and implement age, cultural, and developmentally appropriate activities. Support each child's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts. Model interactive communication and assertive discipline (positive reinforcement).
- Work with Supervisor and clinical staff to plan and develop activities for the children receiving services, including weekly activity plans in accordance with program policies. Activities include circle time, story time, dramatic play, early learning, and field trips.
- Complete an equal share of housekeeping responsibilities with other program staff, keeping work area clean, including required sanitization of toys and materials, and in compliance with all licensing and regulatory agencies. Coordinate snacks for children. Assist Supervisor in maintaining supplies and equipment, including inventory and purchasing.
- Take appropriate steps to aid ill or injured children, immediately assessing the nature and seriousness of the illness or injury, providing first aid if necessary, notifying the parent as soon as is reasonable, and submitting required documentation prior to the end of the work shift.
- Maintain daily documentation, in accordance with program policies, regarding concerns and observations of children's' development.
- Maintain clear, accurate, and regular communication with parents, program staff, Supervisor, and program clinicians, including daily reporting to parents, regularly scheduled conferences, and participation in staff meetings.
- Follow established guidelines, policies, and procedures regarding daily structure, discipline, diaper changing, and health and safety.
- Exhibit excellent customer relations by being courteous, helpful, offering assistance, and maintaining a professional attitude and demeanor. Take the initiative to identify and solve problems; exhibit positive communication and relationship skills. Utilize supervision in a productive manner.
- Serve as a role model for each child's parent regarding healthy limit-setting (structure) and respectful communication (nurture) that is appropriate to the child's developmental stage.
- May transport client's children in LifeWorks NW vehicle.
- Meet standards for productivity, accuracy/quality of work, customer service, and team work as defined in the Performance Evaluation.
- Meet standards for attendance following the department's call-in policy for any unscheduled absences.
- May back up RCF position if needed (Childcare staff will be crossed trained).
- High school diploma/GED, preferably with coursework in child development. Bachelor's degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education preferred.
- 1-3 years prior childcare experience in a childcare setting with infants, toddlers and/or preschoolers required.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and education in child development principles and philosophy required.
- Experience in the care of special needs, high risk and/or drug/alcohol exposed infants and children preferred. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with racially and culturally diverse children and their families.
- Ability to obtain CPR/First Aid certification; Placement on Oregon State Registry for Childcare; Food handler's certificate; completed training on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.
- If recovering from a substance abuse related disorder, must be able to demonstrate continuous sobriety under nonresidential, independent living conditions for the immediate past two years.
- Valid driver's license and verification of safe driving record from DMV preferred.
- Familiarity with the local community and understanding recovery as it relates to women and children.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally competent service to internal and external contacts.
- Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.
Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.
Equal Opportunity Employer
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