Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS)

Location:

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Reports To:

Program Director

FLSA:

Exempt

Job Type:

Part Time

About the Melting Pot

Library, located in South Park Township, is one of many small coal-mining communities established by the Pittsburgh Coal Company at the turn of the twentieth century. Unfortunately by the l960’s, the coal industry no longer provided viable employment options for Western Pennsylvania and many families in certain sections of those communities began to face serious hardships and began witnessing the deterioration of the community as they once knew it. Our communities expressed fear that our children and youth would surrender to negative risk-factors that existed in their environments if they did not increase the community’s capacity to protect them.


The need to provide services to the target population and neighborhood dramatically increased as we began experiencing an influx of low-income single-head of family residents following the demolition of deteriorating inner-city public housing plans in the city. Academically, many of these children were now attending local area schools but had come from schools that were declared by the State Department of Education as failing.


Today, we are a grass-roots organization with strong ties to both the faith community and the underserved families in the South Hills. We currently reach over 150 socially, culturally, and economically disadvantaged South Hills youth and their families each year. We have forged a strong and unique collaborating team from within our faith-based, mental health, and educational communities and we have a committed Board of Directors representing a strong and diverse cross-section of our faith and professional community.

About the Role

Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) are special education assistants within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A TSS meets with a child in a one-on-one situation, with family, in public or at school to provide therapy. The TSS will work with the student to improve in areas such as social skills, behavioral rehabilitation, speech, motor skills, etc.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Observe and assess children who are at-risk.

  • Provides one-on-one support and interventions when required including behavior modification techniques and proactive strategies to help the child.

  • Create structured and emotionally supportive environments in accordance with treatment plans.

  • Establish targeted solutions to help a student move away from their most problematic behaviors.

  • Supports the family and school personnel in their efforts to treat the child by providing information, guidance, and counseling.

  • Track the progress of students and make adjustments to the care provided as necessary.

  • Maintains logs of behavioral progress and relays information to other staff as required.

  • Provide crisis intervention as needed.

  • Transports students to and from assigned locations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • An Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in an area of social sciences or human services, such as psychology, social work, counseling, education, sociology or a related field is preferred.

  • One year of experience in crisis intervention.

  • Registered behavior technician training and credentials are preferred.

  • Applicant must have valid PA driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, and all appropriate clearances.​

  • Act 33/34 & FBI Clearances, mandated reporter certification, Annual Disclosure Report, food services certification, first aid and safety training required.

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Observe and assess children who are at-risk.

  • Provides one-on-one support and interventions when required including behavior modification techniques and proactive strategies to help the child.

  • Create structured and emotionally supportive environments in accordance with treatment plans.

  • Establish targeted solutions to help a student move away from their most problematic behaviors.

  • Supports the family and school personnel in their efforts to treat the child by providing information, guidance, and counseling.

  • Track the progress of students and make adjustments to the care provided as necessary.

  • Maintains logs of behavioral progress and relays information to other staff as required.

  • Provide crisis intervention as needed.

  • Transports students to and from assigned locations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Melting Pot Ministries provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Melting Pot Ministries complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training

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