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The work involves responsibility for the direction, coordination and implementation of child care activities in the Day Treatment Program for Children of the Onondaga County Mental Health Department. The employee functions as a member of a multidisciplinary therapeutic team with a major role in decisions and planning of work activities of the program. Work is performed under the direction of the Program Director with leeway allowed in planning and carrying out work assignments. Supervision is exercised over the child care worker staff. Does related work as required.


Provides individual and group supervision of the child care staff.
Interviews, trains and evaluates the child care staff.
Observes child care programming and makes assessments, provides feedback and develops training for staff.
Attends and participates in meetings relating to mental health concerns for children within the program and in the community.
Oversees the breakfast/lunch program and supervises the food service helper employed in the program.
Prepares a variety of program records and reports as required.
Acts as liaison for program internships.
Functions as a member of the programís administration team and incident review committee.


Good knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
Good knowledge of the principles and practices of small group development.
Good knowledge of child development and behavior.
Good knowledge of the care and treatment of emotionally disturbed children.
Ability to understand and deal with children having mental and emotional difficulties.
Ability to supervise subordinates.
Ability to establish an effective rapport with children exhibiting deviant behavior patterns.
Ability to work with a wide variety of program staff in planning and implementing programs.
Ability to prepare and present moderately complex oral and written narrative reports,
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.


Promotion: Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status as a Child Care Worker 2.


A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in child care, early childhood and/or elementary education, special education, or a curriculum closely related to the care and treatment of the mentally ill, developmentally disabled or mentally handicapped children; or,

B) Four (4) years of work experience or its part time equivalent, as a teacher or teacher's aide or assistant in a day care center, pre-school education, Head-Start or elementary school program; as a therapy aide in a. center for the mentally or developmentally disabled; psychiatric aide or assistant in a public or private mental health facility; or, in a similar position in a human services capacity in a field closely related to the aforementioned; or,

C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).

12/2005 Revised