Children's Program Assistant

TIME REQUIREMENT: 10 hours a week

SYNOPSIS: The person in this position assists the Children's Program Coordinator with residential children needs.



•Works with the Children’s Program Coordinator to plan, gather materials for, and supervise activities for child clients.

•Assists Children’s Program Coordinator in facilitating psycho-educational groups for residential children and/or adolescents.

•Helps plan and supervise birthday celebrations and other special events.

•Helps maintain children's play areas.

•Plans and escorts children on outings (ie: park, zoo, fire station).

•Picks up, sorts, and delivers donations of children's goods as necessary.

•Puts together welcome bags for children when they arrive at the Safehouse.

•Understands department objectives and how they relate to the goals of the agency.

•Prevents, identifies, and removes discriminatory barriers in services provided.

•Provides hotline services, including crisis intervention, information, referrals and support for the Kids Help Phone (one day a week, and one weekend a month).

•Treats clients with respect, dignity, and empathy.

•Keep all client information confidential as directed by the client.

•Delivers programs and services in a manner that is respectful and sensitive to the client’s cultural experience.

•Develop knowledge and expertise regarding domestic violence and sexual assault.


•Assists Children’s Program Coordinator, if needed, with documenting observations of children's behavior, characteristics, reactions, play style, relationships with parents and peers; communicates information to other T•E•S•S•A staff and parent, as appropriate and necessary.

•Completes any additional documentation associated with client contacts per department protocol.

•Maintains client records in a timely and accurate manner.

•Communicates and follows up on necessary information.


•Recognize that we hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence our perceptions of and interactions with individuals who are diverse from ourselves.

•Recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, responsiveness to, knowledge of, and understanding about diversity.

•Apply the principles of multiculturalism and diversity in training and staff development.

•Apply culturally appropriate skills in all interactions with clients, co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies, and other community members.

•Use organizational change processes to support culturally informed organizational policies & procedures.


•Commit to T•E•S•S•A’s organizational mission, vision, and operating philosophy.

•Attend staff, other relevant meetings, trainings, and inservices as assigned •Other duties and projects as requested by supervisor.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•B.A. or B.S. Degree preferred

•One year relevant working with children; equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.

•Excellent organizational, communication (verbal and written), problem solving, listening and inter-personal skills.

•Attention to detail.

•Ability to work well under stressful circumstances.

•Ability to empathize, encourage and guide.

•Available to work weekends, evenings, and overnight as required.

•Knowledgeable and proficient computer skills.

•Valid driver's license and car insurance.

•Must be willing to complete background checks.

•Ability to read, write and speak English.

•Fluency in Spanish and/or ASL preferred.


•Ability to sit and concentrate for long periods of time •Ability to climb stairs, if necessary •Possesses vision sufficient to read and work on a computer •Possesses hearing sufficient to communicate on phone and in person •Ability to write legibly •Ability to lift 50lbs, intermittently •Ability to work long hours, intermittently •Ability to tolerate all weather conditions


To Apply:

Please send cover letters and resumes to TESSA, 435 Gold Pass Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 Attn: Patrick B., or fax them to 719-632-2342 Attn: Patrick B.