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Family Development Specialist

Community Progress Council, Inc.
Job Description
Job Title: Family Development Specialist                       
Department: Early Head Start                            
Reports To: Home Base Coordinator
Salary Level: 9
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
SUMMARY: To conduct weekly home visits to parents of enrolled children focusing on the parental role as prime educator of the child; To work with parents to develop individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into the next caregiver experience outside of the home; To work with parents to develop family goals towards self-sufficiency and to link clients to appropriate resources to help them achieve these goals; To encourage and engage parent involvement and program volunteers in all aspects of the program.
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Be committed to the vision and mission of and Community Progress Council and Head Start of York County;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals, including children, families, co-workers, and staff in related agencies and the general public;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pregnant women, Human Development, Early Childhood theory; child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and behavior management;
  • Assist in scheduling, planning and implementing two socialization groups per month; develop and maintain a clean, safe and positive classroom environment that promotes children and family members to interact, learn, practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors; encourages families to network; models responsive caregiving;
  • Assist in preparing classroom materials prior to the children’s arrival for socialization to support developmentally appropriate experiences and routines such as breastfeeding and toileting/diapering;
  • Assist in following a consistent schedule for socialization, providing planned activities for parent-child bonding, parent networking, and children's interactions with materials, other children, and adults;     
  • Assist in effectively training, directing and supporting parents and volunteers to fulfill the role of an assistant during socialization and serve as a role model for the parents;
  • Provide transportation in CPC vehicle for infants, toddlers and their parent and pregnant women to Group Socializations and social service appointments;
  • Assist in preparing information for parent conferences; 
  • Assist in preparing and maintaining required paperwork for education and for FCP:  lesson plans, observations of children (anecdotal records), children’s education records, family records, attendance, contact sheets and other documents and records; keep all records and files accurate and up-to-date complete and up-to-date as required by law and agency policies;       
  • Seek out, utilize, and maintain familiarity and contact with community resources to enhance the program operation for children and families; promote the benefit of Early Head Start/Head Start and early education to community organizations, including school districts and business leaders; refer families to community agencies to facilitate the referral process;
  • Conduct regular health observations to ensure children are well and have no contagious diseases and to check for signs of abuse or neglect; report suspicions of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse or neglect;
  • Maintain confidentiality of information regarding children and families; review and uphold Confidentiality Policy with parent volunteers, community volunteers, and staff from outside agencies;             
  • Work collaboratively with other program staff to develop and conduct parent education activities, family activities, and parent meetings; encourage parents to attend planned activities and meetings;
  •  Recruit eligible pregnant women, children and their families; 
  • Help client to adopt healthy attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal problems, and client's role on problem resolution;
  • In collaboration with all service areas, provide enrolled children and their families orientation to the Early Head Start program;
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining files for children and families (health, education, and family partnership);
  • Actively participate in agency task forces and work groups, as assigned by supervisor/management, to assist in developing, implementing and fulfilling goals and action plans of the Early Head Start/Head Start vision and mission;
  • Actively participate in developing and implementing an individualized continuing education plan to remain current in the field of early childhood and child development and to grow professionally; pursue learning opportunities offered inside the agency and in the community; attend required trainings offered by Early Head Start/Head Start and Community Progress Council including cross-training; 
  • Ability to perform the job duties independently, utilizing Head Start Performance Standards, System Manual and program policies and procedures as guidelines;
  • Required to vary work schedule to accommodate parents’ schedules and to attend program functions;
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Communication Skills – Oral and Written
  • Cooperation/Teamwork
  • Customer Service – Internal and External
  • Dependability
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Professionalism
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership/Supervision
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) in Early Childhood, Child, and Family Studies or Human Development, RN, LPN, Certified Home Health Aide, plus one-year related work experience with pregnant women, infants, and toddlers; May consider Associate degree (A.A.) in the same fields, plus two years’ experience in related field.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily according to Head Start Performance Standards and to program policies and procedures, as well as be committed to the mission and goals of the agency. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Reliable transportation and a valid PA driver’s license. 
Regular and timely attendance is essential. Ability to be reached by telephone in a timely manner; the ability to maintain open communication through the use of emails and work cell phones. May be required to commence workday at different agency sites without compensation for travel time or mileage to the site and the return. Ability to respond to change in a productive manner and handle other tasks as assigned. Ability to work with diverse individuals.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents (English) such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write (English) routine reports and correspondence. Ability to communicate verbally effectively (English) before groups of clients or employees of the organization; bilingual English/Spanish skills helpful. Whenever possible, speak the client’s language to the best of your ability.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide into all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to problem solve and do critical thinking.
COMPUTER: Experience with Microsoft Office Suite in a Windows environment helpful and preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Department of Human Services FBI Clearance, PA State Criminal History and/ or Childline Child Abuse Certification required prior to hire; remaining clearance due within 30 days of hire date; a physical assessment including a tuberculosis skin test. Child Abuse “Mandated Reporter” training due within 90-days of hire. Must be able to pass PA State Megan’s Law search and have a valid DL with acceptable driving history.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to supervise pre-school children during socialization and field trips to ensure a safe environment including the ability to monitor and respond to events going on at all times. This includes the physical ability to move quickly in order to respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order to ensure their safety or the safety of others in the environment. Daily kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, bending, and sitting on the floor to attend to children's needs; ability to walk or stand for extended periods of time for daily indoor and outdoor activities and for field trips; ability to climb stairs or to negotiate whatever terrain is necessary when making daily home visits; ability to regularly lift and/ or move up to 10 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; occasionally required to climb and balance. 
Daily requirement to use hands to finger, handle, and feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear; specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Ability to respond appropriately (both physically and mentally) to a crisis or an emergency situation, using knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards and program policies and procedures as guidelines.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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