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Current Opening: Human Resources Coordinator (full time, Staunton)

Job Summary

Do you have a passion for Human Resources and are you looking for a sense of professional purpose? People Places is a nonprofit child placing agency, providing therapeutic foster care and adoption services with offices in Staunton, Charlottesville, and Harrisonburg. We currently have an exciting opportunity in our Staunton office for a Human Resources Coordinator. This position is an integral part of the HR team handling daily HR responsibilities while working closely with the HR Director. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Payroll processing;
  • Personnel file set-up and maintenance;
  • Employee benefits assistance;
  • Handling sensitive information and situations with professionalism and a high level of confidentiality;
  • Assisting with new employee onboarding;
  • Assisting with coordination and scheduling of training programs;
  • Providing general HR-related support to employees agency-wide;
  • Ad hoc HR projects and duties.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 3 years payroll processing experience;
  • Familiarity with Paylocity (preferred);
  • Prior experience as an HR Coordinator;
  • SHRM or PHR certification (preferred);
  • Exposure to Labor Law and employment equity regulations;
  • Effective HR administration and people management skills;
  • Full understanding of HR functions and best practices;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills;
  • Fantastic organizational and time management skills;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Absolute discretion in handling confidential matters;
  • An upbeat, positive and enthusiastic attitude.

Please submit the following along with your online application:

  • A cover letter to summarize why you are interested in the position and relevant experience you have.
  • A resume.

Current Opening: Quality Assurance Coordinator (full-time, Staunton)

Summary/Objective of Position

The Quality Assurance Coordinator (“QA Coordinator”) has primary responsibility for coordination of quality initiatives, the operation of policies and procedures, and promotion of the mission and goals of People Places, Inc. This position has oversight of annual program evaluations, data integrity and consistency, monitors accreditation and certification standards, and compliance within the agency. The QA Coordinator will develop and maintain a comprehensive knowledge of all Council on Accreditation (“COA”) Standards for the agency, and will effectively communicate and consult with the Chief Operating Officer and members of the Executive Management Team.

The position of QA Coordinator is exempt. The expected hours of work for this position are 37.5 hours per week. Exceptions to standard scheduling may be required from time-to-time in order to fulfill the requirements of the position.

The position of QA Coordinator reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

The QA Coordinator is responsible for overall input of data into the data management systems, both directly and through oversight of others. S/he will provide appropriate support in the use of data collection tools and forms, reading and interpretation of reports, and the use of data for performance improvement. S/he will facilitate data-driven discussions, providing actionable data, interpretations and recommendations for system improvements based on data analysis.

The QA Coordinator will communicate and interface with other key staff members in making recommendations of improvement plans for the agency’s programs that may affect accreditation, and other licensure and funding concerns. S/he helps the organization to meet its quality improvement, evaluation, and reporting requirements for service delivery.

The QA Coordinator effectively engages staff members and stakeholders through the communication of evidence and findings in a manner that facilitates their active engagement in issues of accreditation and improvement of service delivery.

The QA Coordinator will extend and expand the Agency’s transformation to being a data-driven agency, actively infusing QI efforts and results into decision-making at all levels of the agency.

Required Qualifications, Education, Experience, Credentials, Licensure

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Information Management, or a related field
  • Experience all facets of Performance and Quality Improvement, performance measurement, and/or program evaluation in a service industry, including authoring, completing and reporting on Quality Improvement plans
  • Exceptional working knowledge of database, spreadsheet and word processing programs. SPSS knowledge is helpful
  • Experience in developing data audit frameworks, performing audits, and reporting results
  • Comfort and experience making presentations to Directors, Managers, and other stakeholders
  • Experience in facilitation and/or management of teams and committees
  • Exceptional attention to detail and well-defined organizational skills
  • Familiarity with COA Standards and the ability to interpret them and apply the interpretation to best practice, while maintaining the intent of the Standard
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to maintain an effective working relationship with agency employees and stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications, Education, Experience, Credentials, Licensure

  • An advanced degree, especially if supplemented with direct QI experience
  • Direct experience in regulatory and compliance areas of service delivery
  • Familiarity and experience working in a child welfare or human service agency

Please submit the following along with your online application:

  • A cover letter to summarize why you are interested in the position and relevant experience you have.
  • A resume.

Current Opening: Special Education Teacher (full-time, Staunton)

Job Summary

The Pygmalion School is a private, special education day school that serves students from surrounding public schools that are experiencing learning disabilities, emotional & behavioral problems and other school challenges. We are currently recruiting for the position of Special Education Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.  

The special education teacher performs complex professional work, providing teaching and/or training services to students in general or specialized instruction or in a specialized subject or assigned group of subjects; motivates students to develop skills in assigned subject matters; performs related work as required.  Additionally, this position supports the integration of People Places’ values of integrity, acceptance, collaboration, and innovation into the Pygmalion program.

Required Qualifications, Education, Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or special education;
  • Virginia Collegiate Professional License or Postgraduate Professional License with the appropriate endorsement in special education;
  • Direct teaching experience using evidence based practices and instructional techniques with a variety of disability categories (ED, ID, SLD, Autism, etc);
  • Valid driver’s license; 
  • Comfort and familiarity with identifying and using technology resources in the classroom to further student goals; and
  • Comfort and familiarity with differentiating instruction to meet the varying instructional needs of students in a classroom.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Instructing students in a program of study which meets stated objectives and preparing students to master grade level standards and transition back to public school as appropriate;
  • Instructing students in social-emotional development cirriculum;
  • Developing lesson plans and supplementary materials compatible with the school’s instructional philosophy and congruent with course/SOL standards; providing individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student;
  • Translating lesson plans into learning experiences that actively engage students using universal design of learning;
  • Establishing and maintaining standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom by providing positive reinforcement of acceptable behaviors and intervening on undesirable behaviors;
  • Familiarity participating in Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) planning teams, as well as familiarity with implementing BIPs;
  • Developing and implementing Individual Education Programs (IEPs) in accordance with Federal and State law;
  • Monitoring student progress towards achieving instructional and behavioral objectives and goals on the IEPs through specific forms of data collection;
  • Evaluating academic and social growth of students, preparing report cards, and maintaining appropriate records to include attendance reports, checklists, census forms, and other recordkeeping activities as necessary;
  • Communicating regularly with parents/guardians and local school LEA’s through conferences and other means to discuss student progress;
  • Supervising and monitoring student movement, to include outside activities and outings;
  • Administering statewide standardized testing and alternative testing methods (VAAP);;
  • Promoting equity and cultural competence in all activities;
  • Maintaining professional development by attending staff development programs, curriculum development meetings and other professional activities;
  • Creating an effective learning environment through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards, and activity/learning centers;
  • Preparing course objectives and outline for course of study following curriculum guidelines or requirements of state and school;
  • Maintaining safety of all students inside and outside of the school building; as well as in the community;
  • Lecturing, demonstrating, and using audiovisual teaching aids to present subject matter to class;
  • Maintaining order in classroom and on playground;
  • Maintaining a safe environment for children at all times;
  • Counseling pupils when adjustment and academic problems arise;
  • Discussing pupils’ academic and behavioral progress with parents;
  • Coordinating class field trips and community based instructional opportunities;
  • Working cooperatively and collaboratively with staff;
  • Practicing and promoting positive interaction with and among students;
  • Encouraging self-determination in students;
  • Exhibiting evidence of effective lesson plans;
  • Utilizing a variety of appropriate materials and resources;
  • Performing any other related duties as assigned by the School Director.

Other Qualifications and Skills

  • Reliable attendance and prompt arrival time
  • BCaBA or BCBA coursework and/or certification preferred
  • Familiarity with Positive Behavior Supports and Applied Behavior Analysis instructional techniques
  • Familiarity with Direct Instruction 
  • Be approachable, creative, supportive and open to staff, parents and students
  • Understanding of strength-based behavior management approaches in working with special student populations; ability to convey positive and compassionate attitudes about students to others
  • Creativity and skill in developing innovative approaches to service delivery
  • Commitment to families and to forging meaningful partnerships with parents to help their children succeed in school
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Have knowledge of community resources
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Please submit the following along with your online application:

  • A cover letter to summarize why you are interested in the position and relevant experience you have.
  • A resume.

Current Opening: Family Mentor (part-time, Charlottesville)

Job Summary

Family Mentors provide hands-on support and guidance to families to help prevent placement disruption or facilitate successful reunification. They are a resource, coach, and advocate for their clients; a co-pilot on their clients’ journeys toward goal attainment.

Responsibilities and Duties

Through weekly home visits, Family Mentors provide parent education and support to promote positive, lasting impacts within family systems. Goals are individualized to meet the unique needs of each family. Common goals include parenting skills, organizational skills, accessing community resources, creating consistent and predictable family routines, communication skills, and securing/maintaining stable housing and employment.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience working in a community setting with families from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience working with individuals and families with mental health needs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and time management skills
  • The ability to function well within interdisciplinary treatment teams
  • The availability to spend several hours with each family on a weekly basis
  • Dedication to the principles of service, social justice, integrity, and the inherent dignity and worth of every person
  • Reliable form of transportation to visit clients in the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional areas

Current Opening: Youth Mentor (part-time, Charlottesville)

Job Summary

Youth Mentors work with clients to provide empathetic, non-judgmental assistance to support and facilitate the successful achievement of identified client goals and objectives. The Mentor acts as a positive role model in the youth’s life and will expose the youth to positive experiences within the community. The Mentor models and teaches life skills to the youth while simultaneously remaining open to learning from the youth. The Mentor creates plans for outings, but also promotes the client having a voice in what occurs during outings. This service will take place in appropriate community settings.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Mentor works on goals with the client that are identified by the treatment team within the time frame of approved hours and beginning/end dates as approved by the funding source (FAPT). The Mentor performs the obligations of a mandated reporter. The Mentor establishes and maintains good professional boundaries.

The Mentor will participate in monthly individual and group supervision, and will participate in quarterly ongoing training opportunities. The Mentor is required to write timely, thorough, and professional case notes as instructed.

The core responsibility of the Mentor is to develop a supportive, high-quality, and enduring relationship with the client that creates opportunities for the client to engage with and contribute to the community and promotes the client’s positive development.

Through the formation of a trusting relationship, the Mentor will work with the client to achieve the identified goals created by the treatment team. The Mentor will continue to assess the needs of the client throughout the case and will discuss changing and/or adding goals with the treatment team as appropriate. The Mentor will maintain regular communication with the referral source and the Family Services Coordinator so that all members of the team are aware of the client’s progress and challenges.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or high school diploma or equivalent plus appropriate training and experience;
  • Experience with high-risk youth and/or families;
  • Ability to be calm, well organized, and display strong relationship building skills;
  • A strong capacity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to objectively track behavior and communicate responsibly, reliably and accurately in writing;
  • Ability to understand goals and tasks identified by team leaders and follow through with their implementation;
  • Ability to relate comfortably and genuinely with adults and children, and the ability to communicate effectively with team members;
  • Demonstrate sound judgement and good interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrate strong skills in behavior management and social skills;
  • Competency in database skills to document work in a timely, efficient, and thorough way;
  • Reliable form of transportation to visit/transport clients in Charlottesville and surrounding counties.

Equal Employment Opportunity

People Places, Inc. (the “Agency.”) 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, the Agency complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination 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.

Any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status is expressly prohibited. Improper interference with the ability of Agency employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.