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Instructional Assistant
Title:Instructional Assistant
Department:Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village
Location:Lignum, VA

About Childhelp

CEO and Co-Founder SaraO’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.  For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at

About Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village

Throughout the breadth of 260-acres of naturally lush and inviting land in Lignum, Virginia, the Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village (the Village) has been providing a healing home environment for severely abused, neglected, and at-risk children since 1993.  Producing a true community atmosphere, the Village houses as many as 67 children ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old.  The residents live in small cottages and are grouped by age and treatment needs.  The children who make their home at the village are referred to this place of healing by various judicial authorities and child welfare offices after the Department of Social Services takes custody of them.  They arrive experiencing severe behavioral and emotional problems as a result of their previous abusive or neglectful situations.  For many of these children, the Village and its multidisciplinary team (MDT) are their last hope in avoiding placement at a juvenile correctional facility.

It takes a whole village to raise a child.  A team of mental health professionals greets each child upon their arrival, equipped to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to each child’s specific needs.  While at the Village, children receive on-site clinical services provided by Childhelp’s MDT under the direction of a staff psychiatrist.  The children learn to love themselves and trust others through comprehensive treatment, including psychological, educational, recreational, music, art, occupational, and speech therapy.  The dedicated, highly-trained, and passionate staff of therapists, teachers, behavioral health specialists, nurses, physicians, and chaplain work to cultivate trust in children who have known only betrayal, and build self-esteem in the young souls who have rarely been given reason to like themselves.

Position Summary:

Responsible for supporting a team of teachers that provide educational programs to our day school students.   

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Organizes and performs set up and clean up for materials, equipment, projects, and resources necessary to teach on a daily basis under teacher directions.
  • Assists all students willingly, recognizing individual differences and the need for adaptation, accommodations, or modifications based on student needs.
  • Responds positively to questions or requests for student assistance and ignores inappropriate attention seeking behavior as agreed upon by the educational team. 
  • Communicates and works cooperatively with teachers and Village Staff in establishing consistent fair consequences for all student behavior and provides corrective feedback. 
  • Models effective positive verbal and non-verbal communication skills with students, staff members and parents. 
  • Establishes relationships with all students that promote positive self-concepts in children and demonstrate respect, integrity, fairness, humor, courtesy, active listening, consistency, and trust. 
  • Learns the case history of each child and the existing treatment plan for each child.  This will also include input and insight in the re-evaluation of each treatment plan, as well as quarterly and daily observational logging which is essential in formulating that plan. 
  • Participates in professional growth activities to: enhance behavior management skills, improve collaborative teacher/assistant relationships, develop meaningful communication skills, and to learn and be able to teach new developments in technology. 

Minimum Requirements:  

  • Must have a BA/BS degree or a HS diploma/G.E.D. 
  • Minimum of a H.S. Diploma or GED with 2 years of practical experience with one year of experience working with at risk children.  
  • Must have experience working in a classroom setting.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must possess a valid VA driver's license.


Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer



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