Family Services Specialist I (Early Childhood/Head Start) - Transition Resources Corporation (TRC)
- 14-Sep-2020 to 13-Oct-2020
- - Transition Resources Corporation
- Anderson, IN, USA
- Full Time
- Comprehensive benefits package
Full-time, Seasonal – July – Mid-May approximately 46 weeks per year
Seeking human services professional to join our family engagement/services team. Position is based in Anderson, IN. Responsibilities include-- working with families to build relationships that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and children. Collaborates with community partners to build peer networks, link families and children to needed services, and support successful transitions for children and families.
Since 1965, we have helped individuals and families access educational services that lead to better jobs, better lives, and better communities. Transition Resources Corporation (TRC) carries out its mission in Indiana by providing Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Delaware (Muncie) and Madison (Anderson) counties, offering the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) opportunity to students of promise in several Marion County high schools and providing Housing Counseling services throughout the state.
1. Supports outreach and enrollment efforts by communicating the program's eligibility, selection, and enrollment policies and practices to families, other service providers, and the general public. Recruits children by coordinating with and accessing a wide range of community contacts and resources andengaging them in the recruitment process.
2. Prepares intake/enrollment applications, documents eligibility information, and determines eligibility for the Program and USDA programs.
3. Engages families as full partners by helping families develop and reach realistic and achievable long- and short-term goals, engaging them in assessing their needs and strengths, and supporting them in taking actions to reach their goals.
4. Supports families in addressing challenges (e.g., mental illness, substance abuse, disabilities, family violence) that affect their well-being, by discussing issues and/or linking them to community resources.
5. Works collaboratively with a range of specialists (e.g., medical, dental, speech, nutrition, mental health) by sharing child and family information, identifying approaches to solving issues, and developing follow-up plans.
6. Assumes responsibility for primary health care of assigned children at the center level in states where applicable. Prepares and maintains all required health records on enrolled children.
7. Where assigned and trained, administers medications in accordance with policy. Provides first aid when needed.
8. Where applicable, schedules health and dental examinations with contracted physicians and dentists. Provides or arranges for transportation for appointments or emergencies as needed.
9. Where applicable, participates and/or conducts screenings on children, including children with disabilities, as well as in developing individual service and health plans.
10. Provides information and education to parents and the community about available programs and other community resources. This can be done in-person, by telephone or a group presentation format.
11. Meets federal, state, and program documentation requirements by maintaining accurate, objective, complete, timely, and well-organized child and family records
12. Develops and sustains relationships with families by maintaining frequent contact (e.g., home visits, phone calls, informal contacts) with them. Tracks progress toward child and family goals established in formal plans (e.g., family partnership agreement, IEP, IFSP) by reviewing and documenting family achievements.
13. Promotes a unified approach to sharing child information with families by engaging in joint planning with teachers and other specialists to prepare for home visits and other family contacts. Participates in case management and transition meetings.
14. The person in this position must have the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
15. Protects the safety of children by ensuring the implementation of active supervision techniques to ensure no child is left alone or unsupervised at any time.
16. Ensures the mobilization and documentation of matching/in-kind funds.
17. Works in cooperation with supervisor to develop and document progress on professional development plan. Actively engages in professional development activities to increase qualifications in accordance with Corporation's Core Values.
18. May perform duties of other staff members (Teacher, Bus Monitor, Center Aide, Teacher's Assistant) in time of staff shortage.
19. Fills in on a temporary basis for facility staff when the staff member needs to leave the classroom for a short duration.
20. Attends center and home base functions such as staff meetings, parent meetings and special events.
21. Plans and implements parent meetings and training sessions.
22. Work may require the flexibility to stay until all children have left the program.
23. Perform all other duties as assigned by Supervisor.
• A Bachelor's Degree in social work or a related field*.
• Must be able to get certification for CPR and First Aid after hire and recertify as required.
• Minimum of one year of related work experience.
• Experience providing adult training and education preferred.
• Must have own transportation, a valid driver's license, and vehicle insurance.
*Degree in a related field is defined as a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a field other than social work that either includes or is supplemented by twelve (12) college credits in social services, family services or human services.
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