Do you have a passion for working with neurodiverse children? Are you experienced in the field of ADHD and anxiety disorders? Are you looking for a new family with whom you can truly partner to help their child excel? One of our longest veteran SmartFamilies is looking for a new after school caregiver for their two kids, 8 and 12. They recently said goodbye to their SmartSitter of 7 YEARS and have recently been working with another wonderful SmartSitter who is moving! They are thoughtful, respectful, and mindful people and employers who truly value the impactful role that their SmartSitters have played in their lives. They attribute so much of their children's progress in life and school to the help of their long-term SmartSitter and her patience and understanding. They truly value their SmartSitters and this is reflected in the position compensation. They've provided much of the following job details and ideal caregiver qualities and requirements as they have done this many time for other care for their kids. They really know what they are looking for and what works best for their family, and particularly their son. This speaks to what thoughtful employers and people they are, as well as how well they communicate. Their ideal candidates are experience with this age group, but also with children who have ADHD and/or behavioral strategies is required and ABA training is a plus. Someone who is consistent, structured, communicative, and truly wants to work with children who are neurodivergent is super important for them. It's $35/hour gross for at least 20 hours/week guaranteed (they are willing to offer 25 hours for the right candidate). The position will begin in the weeks to come so apply today!
The Ideal Sitter for this Job
If you strive to work with children who are neurodiverse and are not afraid of a challenge, this is a great role for you! This family is super aware and open about how great their kids can be and how much of a challenge this role can be when working with a child who has ADHD and an anxiety disorder. If you are a person who come s with this experience, is able to maintain a boundary, and has pride in the work they do an seeing children excel, this is a really great opportunity! A collaborative and communicative personality is such a good fit for this role. Someone who can work with the parents to ensure a structured environment, a consistent approach to discipline/consequences, and help reinforce acceptable behavior (e.g., language, respect, accountability). Help with study skills and establishing positive routines are also very important. A proactive and structured personality and approach will thrive in this role, especially when working with the boy. The ideal sitter will be proactive, firm (but fair), and able to have an open dialogue with the parents. The sitter will be able to reinforce a level of responsibility (cleaning dishes/room, doing homework) as the children get older and more independent. A confident person is paramount, too. Someone who can take the kids across town on the bus or train, and taken them around town if needed, connect and bond with them, make sure they get their chores and homework done, and ultimately are thriving and loving life, too!
The core schedule is Monday to Friday, from 245-645 PM. Some flexibility in the evenings or for full days if the kids are out of school is a plus! They are happy to guarantee 20 hours/week (or slightly more for the right candidate).
About the Children
Boy, age 12, is a bright, energetic and happy kid. He is charming, engaging, and athletic (has his black belt in TKD). He also has ADHD, and related issues like rigidity and executive function challenges, and currently attends a special education school that addresses many of these challenges. He's very interested in his friends and his social life right now and will be attending middle school in the Fall. He's into college sports, pop culture, and Minecraft. He needs someone who will set clear boundaries/guidelines and follow through with consequences (in partnership with parents). Girl, age 8, is also bright, energetic and happy, but is very easygoing and flexible. She is also into sports (basketball, ballet, TKD), but will also play independently (coloring, writing, reading, piano). She cares deeply about others, including her brother, and loves school.
The SmartSitter will pick up the boy on the UWS, then pick up the girl from her neighborhood school bus stop, take them to occasional after school activities, and then bring them home and give them dinner. Prepping or heating up dinner and after school snacks (for dinner prep mom typically has a variety of pre-made options from FreshDirect that they try to add other healthy items to). Ensuring they clean their rooms at least weekly; contribute to other household work, et. Helping with laundry at the end of the week too! Another large and probably the most important piece is to really bond and connect with the kids, engaging in conversation and discussions with each child indindividulallyvidually (they also enjoy listening to music!).
Both kids are in school and the boy's school has been doing weekly testing. The girl's school does testing as well, but not as regularly. Mom and dad are both vaccinated and the kids will be as soon as possible. They are still super careful and more conservative. Mom and dad are currently working from home and likely to continue to do so for the next 6 months at least.
$35/hour gross + monthly metrocard
at least one year, and ideally longer :)
Total Hours per Week
20 hours/week guaranteedApply Now