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Horizons for Homeless Children

Location: Middleboro, MA  Document ID: A7453-2LRF Posted on: 12/30/2013 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Part-time

Rotating Shift Support- Southeast Region

Middleboro, MA
Location Name:
Southeast Region

Depends on Experience

Position Type:
Part Time
10-15 hrs/wk

Horizons for HomelessChildren is an independent, non-profit organization exclusively dedicated toproviding
care and education services for homeless children and supportservices for their families in an atmosphere of
safety, nurturance, and stability. The Horizons for Homeless Children Playspace Program provides playrooms for
children living in area shelters and recruits and trains volunteer to play with the children in those Playspaces.

Assignment Overview:

The Rotating Shift Support will provide onsite support and training to volunteers or Playspace Activity Leaders (PALS). The RSS Intern will work two - three evenings per week and attend 2 - 4 shifts a week, depending on time and location. The RSS Intern will also be required to spend 2 hours in the West Region office to provide considered feedback to the Program Manager about the shifts and to support the work of the Program Manager and Director. The RSS Intern will use their Early Childhood Development background and skills to offer tailored on-site support,guidance and advice to our PALs. This support might include modeling how to run group activities for the children, guidance on appropriate language to use in the Playspace, ensuring trauma informed play activities, and/or fielding any questions the PALs may have.

What we are lookingfor in you:
Knowledge: Specifically Early Childhood and the ability to put this knowledge into practice. The ideal person will love kids, have experience working them and be willing to learn about the specific needs of homeless children.
Flexibility: Our shifts run Monday - Thursday in the afternoons and evenings. The ideal candidate will be willing to flex which days they volunteer and what times
Sensitivity: You'll be going into existing shifts where the PALs have potentially been volunteering for years. We want them to know that we care and are there to offer support and guidance where appreciated.
Sensitivity to Issues of homelessness: You will need to be sensitive and appreciative of the experiences of the families and children in the shelters.
A car: Many of our shelters are not easily accessible by public transport, so access to a car and a license to drive it is required. You will be reimbursed for mileage covered when visiting shifts.
Feedback: Following your shift visits, you'll spend time in the office to provide constructive,productive and relevant feedback to the Programs Managers regarding your shift visits.
Approachability: You'll be interacting with a lot of people from many different backgrounds and the candidate must be able to approach various situations in a friendly and approachable manner.

Compensation :
This is an unpaid internship
We are open toworking with your Faculty Internship Advisor to help you earn academic credit

R equired Skills and Competencies:
Must complete a 5 Hour New PAL Training prior to attending shifts - training date dependent upon semester.
Must be 18 years old and completed at least one academic year of study at the college level
Able to commit to at least one semester
Data entry experience and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, & Excel
Experience and/or interest with children 0-6.
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Excellent telephone skills
Able to lift 50 pounds
Strong interest in working with volunteer programs, child development, homelessness, or "at risk"populations
Valid driver's license and access to a car
Willing to travel to our sites located throughout Southeast, MA