Community Services Worker (2 Positions - FT)
Child and Family Services of Buffalo - Buffalo, NY

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The Community Services Worker establishes effective working relationships with child & caregiver to support, guide, mentor, coach and/or train the child and/or family/caregiver in successful functioning in the home and community environments.

Major Responsibilities/Activities:
  • Work one-on-one or in small groups (i.e.: no more than two enrolled children) and their support networks;
  • Work flexible schedules as skill building activities may take place at any time of the day, so long as the activities do not supplant a child’s expected educational activities or programs;
  • Assist the enrolled child with task completion, communication, socialization, interpersonal behavior, sensory, motor development;
  • Implement activities designed to assist the child in acquiring and enhancing fundamental skills;
  • Participate with the enrolled child in communication, activities of daily living, problem-solving, managing money and eliminating maladaptive behaviors;
  • Provide transportation to and from services when necessary;
  • Model and practice sensitivity, fair treatment and acceptance of diversity in all interpersonal interactions;
  • Provide Behavior Modification training one-on-one or in groups not to exceed 12 participants;
  • Provide direct advocacy in the community and with the Educational System or others regarding the child’s disability(ies) and needs related to his or her health care issues for the child and/or family caregiver to prevent disruption;
  • Develop service plans to address child’s needs regarding Crisis Prevention that all lead to deterioration in the child’s condition and/or the need for institutional care;
  • Provide respite in the child's home, and other sites within the community that best fit the needs of the child and family;
  • Motivate the child to engage in meaningful activities;
  • Assist the child and family/caregiver in acquiring, developing, and using functional skills or techniques that enable the child to function successfully in the home and community environments;
  • Assist child/youth in developing skills for independent living and in accessing vocational skills training;
  • Assist child’s family/foster family including siblings, in teaching them how to best support the enrolled child in maintaining the skill set;
  • Temporary, short term, care for the enrolled child, on an emergency or planned basis providing relief from care giving responsibilities for the family/foster family;
  • Supervise the child and engage the child in recreational activities that support his/her constructive interests and abilities;
  • Conduct Psycho-education (one-on-one or group) involving the child and/or the family/caregiver;
  • Conduct scheduled and unscheduled visits to the family/caregiver environment to monitor crisis management and/or behavior management activities;
  • Provide services in individual and/or group settings, but with no more than 12 individuals at a time;
  • Ability to proactively identify and plan for significant or “sentinel events” in the child’s life that may trigger anxiety, frustration and crisis with the potential for leading to the deterioration in the child’s condition and/or the need for institutional care;
  • Interact and engage with other children in appropriate developmental activities or appropriate community activities, such as: health care appointments, vocational opportunities, or other community engagements included in a detailed family/caregiver support plan.
      Minimum Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years’ experience working with children with special needs and their families (paid/volunteer), or a Master’s Degree in a related Human Service field plus one year of experience working with children with special needs and their families (paid/volunteer).
    • Must have means of transportation to travel throughout Western New York area
    • Must have a valid New York State driver’s license
    • Must be flexible to meet the needs of children and families in their homes
    • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision
    • Must process adequate computer and oral communication skills.
        Essential Physical Requirements:
      • Frequently move about inside and outside the office in reaction to situations and duties.
      • Frequently communicate accurate information with coworkers, clients and children who will use the agency’s services.
      • Frequently operate a computer and other office machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, printer and phone system.
      • Must be able to access multi-level buildings and travel to sites within the community.
          Essential Mental Requirements:
        • Must be able to understand the written and spoken word and respond effectively during the majority of time spent on the job;
        • Must be able to learn and comprehend basic instructions and orientation to job;
        • Must be able to multi-task on a frequent basis;
        • Frequently participate and coordinate with others regarding work situations and decisions;
        • Frequently interact appropriately and diplomatically with varied stakeholders such as volunteers, staff members, visitors, referral sources, etc.
            Equipment Used:
          • Computer usage: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, etc.), Anasazi Software, Connections Software, telephone, copier, fax machine.
              Environmental Working Conditions: Multi-level buildings some travel possible, ability to access public transportation, abide by a smoke-free work environment.
              • Varies, flexible based on families needs.

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