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Ivy Street Per Diem Staff

Ivy Street is seeking per diem staff to work with our high school and transition-aged students. This is a wonderful opportunity for social work students, especially those interested in school social work, behavioral health, or children, youth, and families. The schedule also provides flexibility that works well with the busy student schedule.

The Ivy Street School is a small, year-round, private residential special education school committed to advancing equity and access for young people living with disabilities. We serve neurodivergent adolescents ages 13-22. We support the whole child through a student-first model that is driven by collaboration, a willingness to think big, and a commitment to knowing our students well.

We believe that every student is exceptional and at Ivy Street, we work tirelessly to create the educational and therapeutic conditions for our students to thrive. As a community, we are focused on the immediate needs of our scholars with an unwavering eye on their future needs and the concrete plans to achieve it. Our multidisciplinary team works to create rich and meaningful experiences that will nurture learning and prepare our students for their transition into adulthood and independent living. While our classrooms have four walls, we consider Boston our second classroom and our students are often making meaning and deepening learning throughout the city.

Job Description:
We are seeking Relief Staff to join our team. Relief Staff work per diem as Teaching Assistants and Residential Counselors. They are creative, flexible, and excited by our “whatever it takes” approach to the work. You will work closely with our residential treatment team to provide supportive learning and leisure opportunities to our neurodiverse students. The position involves supporting students in activities of daily living, engaging individual and groups in leisure activities and community involvement, and implementing our therapeutic frameworks. At the core, it involves driving outcomes and supporting young people in developing the skills and tools they need to transition into their adult lives.

Responsibilities include:
• Plan and implement scheduled programming during each shift to provide structure and learning opportunities for students.
• Assist and instruct in activities of daily living in the residence and in the community
• Maintain a therapeutic residential environment by ensuring the highest standards of health and safety and implementing school-wide therapeutic frameworks.
• Engage with students throughout all activities and provide support in accessing residential programming.
• Complete program communication and documentation requirements, including progress summaries, incident reports, etc.
• Participate in crisis intervention as needed.
• Work closely with residential team to provide milieu support and engage students in enrichment- and learning-based activities.

Supervision, support, and professional learning are provided. Ivy Street School is driven by trauma-informed care and we use Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Restorative Justice to support positive behavior development and deepen character. Our organization is committed to deepening its work in antiracism and seeks team members who are committed to that fight.

Contact: Natasha Kaufman

(she/her/hers), Director of Strategic Initiatives, Ivy Street School, 200 Ivy Street, Brookline MA 02446, 617-732-0212 (office); email[email protected]