Childcare Aide - Domestic Violence Shelter - Temporary

Safe Horizon | Bronx, New York

Background

Established in 1978, Safe Horizon is the largest non-profit victim services agency in the United States. We touch the lives of more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Safe Horizon partners with governmental and other community agencies and also advocates for policies on a local, state, and national level on behalf of those affected by violence and abuse.

We provide compassionate and expert support for people who have experienced domestic and intimate partner violence, child physical and sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, youth homelessness and other forms of violence, crime or abuse.

Learn more about our programs here:https://www.safehorizon.org/our-services/what-we-do/

Job Summary

The Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Shelter program provides safe and confidential spaces for DV survivors and their children. We are committed to providing these services with empathy, compassion, professionalism, non-judgment, and respect.  Our spaces respect survivor’ right to self-determination and focus on giving families and individuals the space, both emotional and physical, to heal from the victimization and trauma they have experienced.

Responsibilities

  • Planning and coordinating fun and engaging year-round age-appropriate activities, events and trips for residents and their children;
  • Actively supervising and engaging with children while their parents are receiving services onsite or out in the community;
  • Attentively caring for infants, toddlers and school-age children, which includes engagement, feeding, changing diapers, and maintaining a clean and welcoming environment;
  • Observing children's behaviors and reporting concerns and or needs to appropriate staff;
  • Facilitating large playgroups for children of all age ranges;
  • Assisting with homework with older children and providing literacy-rich environment for all children;
  • Identifying resources and making referrals for parents and children to appropriate services providers in the community;
  • Attending Staff meetings and trainings as requested;
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications

  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with residents and staff
  • Utilization of Client-Centered Practice (CCP) skills
  • Ability to use neutral and non-judgmental language when responding to clients
  • Understanding and responding to vicarious trauma
  • Ability to engage with clients using a trauma-informed perspective
  • Must be flexible, patient and able to juggle multiple roles simultaneously
  • Requirements:
  • High School Diploma, or GED, childcare certification preferred.
  • Minimum of one year experience providing childcare.
  • Some experience or training in dynamics of family violence and its impact of children. 
  • Knowledge of domestic violence and child abuse/neglect is desired.
  • Experience working with children and families, knowledge of child development
  • Strong interpersonal skills are necessary.
  •  Bilingual ability and experience working with children with special needs a plus.
  • Ability to use computer to retrieve emails, maintain activity logs and enter client notes

Additional Requirements:

  • Required to work overtime as needed, including holidays and during clement weather, various hours, typically two evenings weekly.
  • Paid mandatory training that occur in off-site locations and outside of the regular work schedule. 
  • Must obtain Hepatitis B vaccine or formally decline vaccination.Vaccination record from previous employer is acceptable.

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