Family Development Specialist - Wayne and Susquehanna Counties
WFH Flexible Scranton, PA
Job Type
Full-time
Description

Summary:

Member of Outreach program with primary responsibility in SafeCare Program, community-based education, and related support services. Provide home visitation/education to up to twelve participating families as well as participate in the planning and implementation of weekly play & learn group activities and Parent Cafe.


Duties:

  • Provides weekly home visits, lasting 60-90 minutes to families with children ages 0-5 who are at-risk for or have been reported for child neglect or physical abuse. 
  • Provides support using the evidence-based, Safe Care curriculum to improve parents’ skills in three areas: 1) parent-infant/child interaction skills, 2) health care skills, and 3) home safety
  • Assists with the planning and implementation of weekly play & learn groups as well as Parent Cafes
  • Maintains related files/record keeping; enters data into Outreach and funder data collection systems. 
  • Participates in quarterly all-staff meetings, monthly team meetings, and required reflective supervision meetings.
  • Collaborates with community partners and human service agencies to link families to resources. Provides participant with referrals to schools, early intervention programs, Scranton Counseling Center, etc., as needed
  • Participates in team process focused on best practices to serve participating families, the community, and Outreach
  • Reliable transportation mandatory, current driver’s license, insurance, and registration required
  • Completion of required training, including motivational interviewing, domestic violence, trauma-informed practices, and home visitor safety, child abuse recognition and reporting, CPR, and first aid.
  • Some evening and weekend hours required
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Requirements

Education/Experience:

Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in social work, human development, psychology, neuroscience, early childhood education, or similar from four-year college or university. Familiarity with at-risk populations and openness to working with diverse cultures/families with economic challenges, addictions, child welfare involvement, Intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, a must. Ability to teach relevant programming using the SafeCare Curriculum participants’ homes as assigned. Good understanding of family dynamics, child development, and psychology. Mandatory training/certification required.


Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have good computer literacy skills, data entry, outcomes tracking, and word processing software. Proficiency with MS Office is preferred.


Work Environment:

The noise level in the open office environment is usually moderate. Home environments, where services are rendered, can be unpredictable, and subject to constant change.


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit on the floor, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl as well as talk and hear clearly - as all may be necessary instructing educational activities within a home environment. These components may be needed during home visits with parent/child group activities, toddler playgroup, etc. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds while transporting materials, etc.