|Department:||Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village|
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 www.childhelp.org.
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.
The Activities Coordinator is responsible for planning, promoting, and facilitating activities included in a comprehensive activities program reflective of all children’s developmental, recreational, and leisure needs. This position is supervised by the Activities Manager.
- Works with other departments to maintain an activities program that is responsive to all residents’ developmental, recreational, and leisure needs.
- Acts as liaison with community representatives and coordinates activities involving community resources.
- Maintains positive working relationships with Child Care Counselors.
- Facilitates recreation groups with children (i.e., ropes course, developmental games, initiatives, field sports, etc.).
- Develops and maintains therapeutic relationship with residents.
- Provides updated activity schedules for all children as needed.
- Provides direct child care as needed.
- Attends weekly team meetings as requested.
- Exercises sound judgment and ingenuity in planning activities. The activities selected must be diversified and include the ongoing initiation of new projects and ideas.
- Oversees proper use of camping and sporting equipment, bicycles, fishing equipment, all recreation group equipment, woodshop supplies, arts and crafts supplies, resource materials, etc.
- Oversees seasonal use of the pool.
- Abides by all Safety Regulations.
- Knows and abides by Childhelp Policies; has read the Policy Manual and Staff Handbook.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Meets dress code standards; appearance is neat, clean, and professional.
Attends and maintains current all training certifications, e.g., First Aid, CPR, TOVA/MAB, etc.
- High School Diploma or equivalent; BA/BS degree is preferred.
- Experience in activity planning and recreation with children.
- One-year experience working with special needs children.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer