Emotional Support Interventionist
Position Definition: The person filling this position will provide direct, intense support that will focus on helping students learn to respond to their daily environment in a practical and productive manner. Emphasis will be placed on a child's current needs, functions, and support systems as they relate to social emotional learning.
Relationship: The Emotional Support Interventionist is directly responsible to
the Supervisor of Special Programs and Services.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Juvenile Justice, Social Behavior, or related field, required.
- Minimum one (1) year experience working with children with emotional and social disabilities.
- Demonstrates a proficient understanding and utilization of Microsoft Office Suite and other software packages for use in the Special Programs and Services Department.
- Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with external and internal stakeholders.
- Demonstrates the ability to maintain complete confidentiality.
- Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated by patience, understanding, and congeniality.
- Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrates the ability to organize, plan, and manage job responsibilities in order to complete assignments with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrates the ability to comply with PA Individual Education Plan implementation.
- Demonstrates the ability to prioritize assigned tasks.
- Completes tasks with attention to detail and accuracy.
- Demonstrates the ability to work independently and maintain departmental deadlines.
- Demonstrates the ability to make professional decisions.
- Demonstrates the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
- Proficient in the use of technology to communicate with students, parents, staff, administrators, and community members.
- Demonstrates familiarity with FBA’s and their components.
- Possesses the skills to provide the highest level of customer service, with patience and knowledge of the department’s services.
- Ability to attend work regularly at assigned work hours subject to lawful leave rights and responsibilities.
- Ability to stand, bend, stoop, sit, lift, reach, and communicate (vision, hearing, and speech) to effectively carry out functions, duties, and responsibilities.
- Ability to independently ambulate in and around work areas.
- Ability to travel to and from assigned work locations without employer support.
- Ability to exhibit appropriate manual dexterity to effectively carry out functions, duties, and responsibilities.
- Ability to conduct a safety restraint protocol which requires:
- a normal degree of flexibility;
- the ability to stand, walk, run, and shuffle for at least several minutes;
- the ability to kneel on one and two knees and then stand up;
- the ability to bend the trunk at 45 degrees and twist to either side;
- the ability to grasp firmly and raise hands above the head; and
- the ability to learn and correctly demonstrate multi-step physical skills.
Authority: The Emotional Support Interventionist will have the authority to perform all functions listed below in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Functions/Duties/Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function/duty/responsibility at acceptable standards. In accordance with both state and/or federal law, reasonable accommodations will be considered upon employee request.
- Develops appropriate behavioral, social, and emotional intervention strategies.
- Develops and organizes group therapy activities on a daily basis.
- Previews, selects, utilizes, and evaluates treatment materials appropriate for use with assigned age group.
- Works in collaboration with Emotional Support Teachers and Instructional Assistants.
- Works in collaborative professional teams.
- Assists in the development of BIP’s.
- Utilizes Crisis Prevention/Intervention, the prescribed crisis continuum techniques, when appropriate.
- Contributes to the development and maintenance of an environment that is non-threatening, safe, nurturing, and where students feel respected, accepted, and welcome.
- Keeps appropriate records for students.
- Completes daily anecdotal records for each assigned student.
- Serves as a liaison with community agencies and resources.
- This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the Supervisor of Special Programs and Services.