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Department of Behavioral Health Extends Deadline to Accept Applications for Part-time Child Associate Position

Thursday, August 20, 2015
New Deadline is Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington, DC—The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is extending the deadline to accept quotes for ten contracted, part-time Child Associates in the Primary Project program. The Primary Project is an early intervention and prevention program for children in Pre-Kindergarten to Third grades who demonstrate mild school adjustment problems. The part-time position is a minimum of 25 hours per week depending on the number of children participating in the program and the availability of funds.  The new deadline is 2 p.m., Monday, August 31.

To be eligible for consideration, a bidder must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of three years of verifiable, professional work experience, preferably in a child-related setting.  A college degree in a child-related field of study is preferred.  Interested individuals should be nurturing and love working with children.  A child associate is expected to attend mandatory trainings and supervision meetings, and conduct home visits when needed for parent/guardian engagement.  

To apply, a resume and required contract documents must be submitted.  Required contract documents to be included can be obtained from Meredith Alexander, Contract Specialist, by calling (202) 671-3173 or by emailing [email protected].  The resume and completed contract documents must be submitted by 2 p.m., Monday, August 31, by email to [email protected], or by mail or delivery to Contracts and Procurement Services, 64 New York Avenue, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Department of Behavioral Health is holding an Optional Pre-Bidders Conference from 11:00 am to 12 noon, Friday, August 28, in Room 218, 64 New York Avenue, NE, to answer any questions regarding the part-time child associate positions. 

A successful bidder must demonstrate:

  • Ability to learn non-directive play techniques and document play sessions and contacts;
  • Ability to work with pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade children;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member with other child Associates, school and day care center staff, parents/guardians and others;
  • Ability to pass a proficiency quiz on Play Session Techniques and the Associate-Child Rating Scale Measure within thirty days of the first training, and
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills, including EXCEL and Microsoft Word and the ability to learn the data management system used by the Primary Project.

 A negative TB test results and mandatory criminal background check clearance must be submitted within 30 days of selection.

 For more information about the Child Associate position, contact Ms. Alexander at [email protected]