Kent Youth & Family Services is currently accepting applications for one full-time and one part-time school year position in the Early Learning Program – Head Start & ECEAP. The position is responsible for providing comprehensive support services to children 3 to 5 years and their families including social services, mental health, and parent engagement opportunities that assist families in identifying and achieve their child and family goals.
- Recruit, select, and enroll eligible children and families to provide comprehensive child/family support services, family engagement, and maintain full enrollment.
- Conduct enrollment activities with families, insuring completion of paperwork and requirements.
- Facilitate orientation meetings with parents to inform them of their responsibilities, opportunities and rights while encouraging their engagement in the Early Learning program.
- Assist parents in identifying their families’ strengths and needs, setting family goals, and encouraging their goal attainment.
- Act as an advocate for parents providing appropriate referrals for services through developing partnerships with service providers for counseling, health and dental care, and emergency assistance or intervention.
- Provide health screenings, immunization verifications; Well Child and dental exam review; and community referrals to promote needed treatment and comply with program requirements.
- Develop individualized health, nutrition, and family support plans for all enrolled children.
- Coordinate and encourage parent participation in leadership groups, parent meetings, as program volunteers, and Puget Sound-ESD opportunities including Policy Council and trainings.
- Conduct family home visits and conferences to build relationships and support family goals.
- Plan and facilitate family events, based upon parent input & program requirements.
- Maintain a variety of manual and electronic documents, files, and records to provide required information and/or documentation, maintaining confidentiality and security.
- Participate as an active team member in interdisciplinary planning for children and families, and other cross-component coordination and training opportunities.
- Administer State and Federal Performance Standards to ensure program eligibility and compliance.
- Report suspected incidents to appropriate parties to maintain student’s personal health and safety.
- Assist with other staff as may be required to ensure an efficient and effective work environment.
- AA or higher in any field with 30 job related, quarter equivalent credits in job-related classes and 1 year experience working with diverse families preferred.
- Credential or certification in: social services. human services, family service or counseling.
- Current Home Visitor CDA from the Council for Professional Recognition.
- Provisional hire: Must be willing and able to complete above requirements within 5 years for ECEAP or 18 months for Head Start as documented on program’s Professional Development Plan.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES
- Ability to work as a team member.
- Ability to use effective organizational and time management skills.
- Ability to identify family strengths and plan/advocate around family goals.
- Competence in planning, organizing, staff and parent communications, and record-keeping.
- Ability to build relationships and collaborate with other community agencies.
- Ability to work effectively with children, families, community members, and staff of diverse backgrounds.
- Complete initial health examination and/or TB screening (see Staff Health Requirements), as recommended by health care provider.
- Complete State Portable Background Check, including fingerprinting.
- Obtain First Aid, CPR, and Food Handler’s card within 90 days of hire and keep current.
- Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle with proof of adequate insurance coverage.
- Attend program/agency meetings and activities, including some evenings.
- Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet family scheduling needs. Some evenings meetings are required, at least once a month.
- Must be able to travel to family home visits in personal vehicle and provide transportation for parents and children in Agency vans.
- Must be able to fill in as a Bus Monitor, assisting children with getting on and off the bus and performing emergency procedures, when necessary.
Based upon qualifications and experience utilizing the Early Learning salary scale ($18 – 28/hr.) Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance and short-term disability. Eligible for Agency contribution to 403b after one year and 1,000 of service during plan year.
July 8, 2019 or when filled
Cover letter and resume to (mail, fax, e-mail):
Kent Youth and Family Services
Attn: Behavioral Health Services
232 2nd Ave S, Ste 201
Kent, WA 98032