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Department of Behavioral Health Seeks Applicants for Child Associate Positions

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Deadline for application is 2 pm, Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Washington, DC—The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health is accepting applications for 18 contracted child associate positions for its Primary Project program.  The Primary Project is an early intervention and prevention program in certain child development centers and public and public charter schools for pre-kindergarten to 3rd grades to reduce social, emotional and school adjustment difficulties and to enhance school related competencies.  Evaluation studies show that the Primary Project helps children become more productive in school.  The deadline for submitting an application is 2 pm, Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Interested individuals should be nurturing and love working with children.  Under the supervision of a Primary Project program manager, a child associate works at an assigned child development center, public or public charter school a maximum of 25 hours per week depending on the number of children enrolled in the program and the availability of funds.  A child associate works closely with teachers, child development staff and parents or guardians and is expected to conduct home visits as needed. 

To be considered, an applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of three years of experience working with children—preferably in a school setting.  A college degree in a child-related field of study is preferred.   Other requirements:

  • Ability to learn non-directive play techniques and document play sessions and contacts;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member with other child associates, school and child development center staff, parents and guardians,  and others, as needed;
  • Attend mandatory trainings and individual and group supervision meetings;
  • 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, (i.e. EXCEL, Microsoft Word) and the ability to learn the data management system used by the  Primary Project

A successful applicant must pass a criminal background check and submit negative TB test results within 30 days of the date of award.  In addition, to be considered for renewal of the next option year of a contract, an awardee must have a satisfactory performance rating by the Primary Project Program Manager.

A resume and contract documents must be submitted by 2 pm, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, by email to  Meredith Alexander, Contract Specialist, at [email protected] or delivered to DBH/Contracts and Procurement Services , 64 New York Avenue NE, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20002.  Contract documents that must be included in an application can be obtained from Meredith Alexander at (202)-671-3173 or [email protected].  A late application will not be considered.

DBH is holding a Pre-proposal Conference from 11 am to 12 noon, Thursday, September 11, 2014, 64 New York Avenue NE, 3rd floor Conference Room F 320, to answer any questions. Or, for more information about the Child Associate position, contact Meredith Alexander at (202) 671-3173 or [email protected].