Behavioral Respite Care Specialist

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Home and Community-Based Services – Behavior Management Services /
Full-Time / Part-Time /
TeamBuilders is a community-based behavioral health organization with a vision to provide unconditional care to adults, children and families. TeamBuilders’ commitment also translates to its employees and their families. TeamBuilders truly promotes work-life balance and creativity. TeamBuilders encourages employees to pursue their passions, participate in educational opportunities, and enjoy the work they do. TeamBuilders offers supervision and training opportunities to all its staff. TeamBuilders also sets high expectations for achieving excellence in service to the community. The pursuit of excellence is fundamental to employee success and growth within the organization.

Job Overview
The Behavioral Respite Care Specialist provides therapeutic respite care and supervision to children/youth with serious emotional disturbances and/or neurobiological disorders. The Respite Care provider is accountable to the Program Director/Manager/Coordinator and receives clinical supervision and training by the Clinical Director or designee.

Brief Description of Responsibilities and Duties
Assumes responsibility for the care of the child(ren) in the absence of the parent or legal guardian.
Provides basic childcare and supervision to children with neurobiological disorders and serious emotional disturbance.
Assists child with daily living activities which may include transporting to scheduled activities, planning recreational activities, preparing and supervising meals, facilitating daily living routines, supervising self-medication, and managing behavior.
Demonstrates the interpersonal and professional skills necessary to provide services to the child and family: empathy, warmth, concern; pleasant and positive attitude; listening skills; nonjudgmental attitude; conflict resolution skills; communication skills; de-escalation skills; and behavior management skills.
Sets and maintains boundaries in order to assure the safety and protection of children, and to maintain a professional helping role.
Responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing respite activities, and providing close supervision to children/youth during the respite period.
Provides behavioral health respite care that is family-centered, community-based, in-home, facility-based, and/or provider home-based in accordance with Agency policy and Respite Care Plan.
Supports children/youth during respite activities to include transportation to scheduled activities, participation in social/recreational activities, and therapeutic behavioral intervention during the respite period.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Must be a minimum of 19 years of age or older.
    • Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience working with SED/NBD children.
    • Minimum level of education High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
    • Must have certifications in Adult, Child & Infant First Aid and CPR.
    • Must successfully pass CYFD Criminal Background Checks (including local, state, and FBI background checks).
    • Must be certified by Crisis Intervention Prevention (CPI) a non-violent crisis intervention training.
    • Must complete agency pre-service requirements including Respiro Model core training.
    • Must possess a sincere commitment, temperament and skills to work with SED/NBD children/youth and families.
    • Possesses a values base consistent with the philosophy of the Agency.
    • Has the ability to consistently establish positive relationships, and to work effectively and cooperatively with parents, social workers, juvenile probation officers, school staff, and other collateral agency staff.
    • Must be computer literate in order to effectively maintain compliance with state and federal standards and requirements for use of computerized client documentation, data systems, etc.
    • Must also have and maintain a driver’s license, clean driving record and active auto insurance coverage.
    • Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural English and Spanish, preferred.
$15 - $20 an hour

TeamBuilders is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.