Respite Specialist (Part-time)

Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is looking for:

(Part-Time) Respite Specialist

For our Respite Program located in White Plains, NY.
As a recreational leader, the Respite Specialist will be part of a team providing supervision, support, and social skills building for children between the ages of 5-21 who are struggling with serious emotional disturbance (SED).


  • Work within a team, providing supervision/engagement during recreational activities for SED children in one of our programs – varied flexible hours available on weekdays after school, weekends (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytime), school vacations and summer break.
  • Completion of the mandatory training (last 2 weeks of JUNE)
  • Submit the mandatory program forms, log reports, petty cash records, and progress notes daily
  • Work individually or in groups with children & adolescents to build skills, promote resilience and have fun.
  • Potential to become part of a support circle for children, including additional supportive contact
  • Hours for this position are non-traditional and require flexibility in response
  • Must meet with supervisor monthly and attend monthly staff meetings
  • Submit your schedule weekly to the program supervisor
  • Maintain FSW agency vehicles’ cleanliness and documented vehicle usage and maintenance needs.
  • Support program needs with any other requests from the program/camp director.


  • 3 years minimum experience with the SED population. Experience working with children in a recreational or educational setting is strongly preferred.
  • Initial orientation and supervision as well as training sessions are required.
  • Cultural humility, including awareness & sensitivity
  • Ability to set boundaries and limits, to work collaboratively with others, and to communicate information clearly in a strength-based, sensitive way, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to connect with people, recognizing and building on their individual strengths.
  • Consistency and dependability – being responsible to meet obligations and honor commitments
  • Have a great sense of humor
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required to work at Family Services of Westchester.  Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 must be submitted as part of employment application

Job Type: Part Time

Required Education:

  • HS Diploma (minimum)
  • Some College(preferred)
  • Bachelor’s in Social Work or Related Field (preferred)

Required Experience:

  • Working with SED population: 2-3 years (preferred)

Required License or Certification:

  • Valid Driver’s License (any state)
  • CPR/BLS & Lifeguard Training (within last year) preferred

If interested in applying please submit a resume to Patrick Shelle at