Latinx Family Engagement Specialist

Overview: This position provides parent information, resources, and supports to Latinx families in Cottage Grove and Creswell area, as well as the rural areas of South Lane and North Douglas counties.

They will assist families in enrolling in services. This position manages a caseload up to 25 families along with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Provides at least one monthly home visit for each family, and maintains accurate files on each family/child.

Bicultural/cultural applicants strongly encourage to apply.

* Oregon Registry Step 8.0 or higher, or meet the qualifications for a Head Teacher with the Child Care Division (Family Relief Nursery can assist with requirements and training to achieve the required step).

Major Job Responsibilities:  Maintain Knowledge of best practice in the areas of  Child focused assessment, programming, intervention, and evaluation  Family focused assessment, programming, intervention, and evaluation  Current expectations and/or changes in the Oregon Associations of Relief Nurseries (OARN) requirements.  Trends in interventions with families affected by trauma.  Maintain standards required by certifying agencies including, but not limited to  Oregon Associations of Relief Nurseries (OARN)  State of Oregon Child Care Division (CCD)  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  State of Oregon Health Authority (OHA)  Participate in outreach events to connect families to early childhood service in the community  Assistant families in the enrollment process to ensure a smooth transition  Develops positive relationships with community partners.  Ensure establishment and maintenance of all client files and documentation in an appropriate and accountable manner according to established standards  Provide crisis intervention when needed  Facilitate monthly parent meetings providing topics, speakers, and/or activities  Increase community awareness of and further promote a positive image of the Nursery, may include attending meetings, events, and fairs outside business hours  Provide monthly articles (family stories) for the newsletter and social media  Assist with parent education/Support Group  Hold weekly Respite classes  Participate in staff, volunteer, and professional training opportunities, meetings, etc.  Assist with various office duties as needed  Hold/Attend scheduled Supervision Meetings, Events, Fundraisers, and additional Outreach.  Provide outreach and engage new families in the program 8/12/2020Family Engagement Specialist C.M.  Participate including outreach events to connect families to early childhood service in the community health fairs, back to school nights…. etc.  Promote and encourage family growth and development during the Home visit  Make referrals to necessary community resources  Provide at least one monthly home visit for each assigned family, focusing on parent- child interactions, child development, positive discipline, referrals to other services, and any other topic of importance to the family.  Establish and maintain positive communication with parents, provide information about their child’s progress and relevant guidance/discipline techniques, reinforce parent education group topics, and model appropriate interactions with others  Maintain open, positive communication and promote individual/group problem solving skills with children, families, co-workers and the community  Model and encourage direct, professional communication among staff members to create a positive staff support network  Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity in the delivery of client’s services as it relates to the cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the populations served  Apply principles of diversity, equity, and racial justice for families  Follow the guidelines as a State Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter  Additional tasks as assigned Qualifications: 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, skills, and/or ability is required.  Language Requirement Bilingual Spanish/English both written and oral  Ability to adapt, work effectively under pressure, and work with adults who have a variety of stresses/challenges.  Knowledge of early childhood development, curriculum development and implementation, positive discipline, and early childhood learning strategies.  Good stress management, self-care, active listening, and conflict resolution skills.  Ability to work with parents and children in a warm, calming, respectful, encouraging and patient manner.  Must be able to work in a multicultural setting with families from diverse backgrounds  Knowledge of and ability to work with social services agencies, schools, and other agencies regarding referrals and treatment continuity  Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written to include basic computer skills and e-mail usage  Ability to use a positive, strengths-based approach in working with families  Ability to work independently and cooperatively as a team member  Ability to be very organized regarding paperwork, detail oriented, and have the ability to effectively prioritize work responsibilities  Dependable and flexible  Requires strict adherence to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards in the office workspace to ensure confidentiality  Will attend to additional tasks as requested 8/12/2020Family Engagement Specialist C.M. Education and/or Experience: Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Social Work, or related field including experience with high- risk families. Home visiting experience. Or, any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skill, and abilities. Knowledge regarding domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, mental health issues, and special needs children is preferred. Oregon Registry Step 8.5 or higher, or meet the qualifications for a Head Teacher with the Child Care Division. Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations: A current clearance from the Central Background Registry, A current Step from the Oregon Registry Online, Current First Aid Certification, CPR Card, and Food Handlers. Must have current driver’s license, car insurance, and access to a vehicle. Physical Demands/Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met/may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is normally engaged in low activity tasks such as sitting, standing, walking, and writing/typing. The employee is required to sit and stand at length. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will be having meetings with families, which can take place during the day, evenings, and the weekends to provide essential support during family times. Services are offered to families in their homes and within the community. Travel within the community requires a valid driver’s license, car insurance, and access to a vehicle. To apply send Cover letter and Resume to crystalm@frncg.org
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