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Youth/Childcare Worker (PRN)


who WE are

  • We’re The SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.
  • We’re a registered, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, spanning two beautiful campuses on several acres in beautiful Austin, Texas.
  • We’re a diverse, passionate group of more than 335 staff with a vision of a just and safe community, free from violence and abuse, and a mission to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.
  • Our staff were named “Every Day Superheroes” by the Austin Chronicle and we’re a two-time Austin-American Statesman’s “Top Workplace” winner for years 2015 and 2016.

who YOU are

  • You’re a strong believer that all people should have lives that are free from violence and abuse.
  • You’re someone who cares about positive client and customer relations. You build strong relationships, and you deliver effective client and customer-centric solutions.
  • You’ve are impeccable decision maker. Your decisions are timely, and they’ll help the organization move forward.
  • You value differences, recognizing that different perspectives and cultural diversity make the world a better place to be.
  • Your interpersonal skills are on point. You easily relate openly and comfortably with very diverse groups of people.
  • You’re resilient, rebounding from setbacks and adversity with both poise and ease.
  • You’re resourceful. You know how to secure and deploy resources both effectively and efficiently.
  • You’re trustworthy. You gain confidence and the trust of others through integrity and forthright honesty.

what WE need YOU to do for us

We need you to fill the role of Project HOPES Youth/Childcare Worker (PRN). This is a PART-TIME/ON CALL, NON-EXEMPT position. You’ll wow us by masterfully performing the following key duties and responsibilities:

  • Utilizes resourcefulness while creating, planning and implementing recreational activities, arts and crafts, other recreational activities and childcare duties for children whose parents are involved in the Project HOPES Parent Group or Workshop Activities.
  • Ensures that structured recreational activities are client focused and build social skills, support healthy socialization, and discourage violence/aggression. 
  • Shows resilience while working with children who may struggle with separation and boundaries.
  • Provides supervision for the children attending activities.
  • Provides Project HOPES staff with information and observations concerning the child’s behavior during childcare programming activities.
  • Completes documentation as needed if there is an incident during childcare activities.
  • Maintains a safe, calm, structured and organized environment for the children in the children’s play areas and on off-site activities.
  • Makes quality decisions that keep the childcare programming moving forward.
  • Shows strong interpersonal skills while interacting with children in a positive and supportive manner. 
  • Instills trust and serves as a role model for positive interactions with children while maintaining proper boundaries. 
  • Utilizes constructive (non-punitive and non-physical) ways of dealing with discipline issues.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness concerning their interactions with the children during childcare activities.
  • Completes paperwork or other SafePlace paperwork as required by the program.
  • Collaborates with other SafePlace and Program staff concerning childcare activities, SafePlace space and programming needs.
  • Attends meetings with the SAFE Futures team and Director as required.
  • Demonstrates timeliness in work habits. 
  • Communicates effectively with Supervisor and other team members concerning scheduling and planning childcare needs.

to be successful in this role, WE’LL need YOU to

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Child Development, Social Work or a related field or equivalent life and/or work experiences.
  • Experience working with children (variety of ages).
  • Knowledge of parenting skills, child development, family relations.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to identify child abuse and neglect and to respond appropriately.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) Preferred
  • Flexible work hours
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Be capable of sitting and standing for extended periods of time.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well as submit to a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
  • Adhere to our Guiding Principles, Mission, Core Competencies and Confidentiality Policy.

how WE’LL make it worth YOUR while

  • We will pay you $14/hour.
  • We understand that you have commitments outside of the workplace, and we’ll do our very best to offer you some flexibility in your work schedule.
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day. 
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