The Family Enhancement Director is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of several programs in Queens, Brooklyn and Brentwood designed to improve parenting skills and outcomes for children in foster care and families. Our Baby & Me program is a developmental playgroup created by SCO to promote bonding, social support and healthy development. Baby & Me has been shown to increase parenting behaviors that are linked to improved outcomes in pro-social behavior and school success years later. In Visit Coaching, individual families are guided during visits to address their child’s needs and improve their parenting skills. Homeward Bound is an experiential parenting group that links a parent’s family history with the parent she is today. Family visiting rooms provide a safe and child friendly environment during supervised and unsupervised visits. Research shows that quality visits decrease the time a child spends in care and increases the chance that families will succeed when they are out of foster care. In addition, Parent Advocates support individual families as well as strengthen SCO’s overall support to birth families and foster families.
The Director will supervise all Family Enhancement staff, including Site Coordinators, Social Work students, Americorps members, and Parent Advocates. The Director must promote a strengths-based and family focused environment. The Director must have excellent management and supervisory skills, be a problem solver, be able to work with staff in other programs, and be passionate about working with families.
SCO Family of Services is an equal employment opportunity employer
: Master of Social Work, SIFI certified or willing to become SIFI certified. Extensive Experience working with families and children.
Other skills and requirements:
·Extensive knowledge of child development and family engagement. Comfort working with diverse families and children in distress.
·Ability to work with parents and children that have histories of chemical dependency, mental illness, neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, different cultural backgrounds, and varying socioeconomics statuses.
·Ability to work competently, compassionately, and without judgment with individuals who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or who may be in different stages of discovering or disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity.
·Ability to respond to the unique developmental needs of children in different stages of maturation including early childhood, school age, or young adulthood.
·Capacity for creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, violence prevention.
·Strong critical and strategic thinking skills.
·Excellent management and supervisory skills, including a demonstrated interest in learning from and supporting coworkers.
·Strong time management and teamwork skills, diligence, and resilience.
·Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, a strong sense of empathy towards our populations served, and a passion for the field of child welfare. Proven sensibility and ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels.
·Capability to transition easily between working independently with a high degree of self-initiative and contributing as part of a team.
·Commitment to the mission and programs of SCO Family of Services.
·Attendance at all mandatory trainings.
·Submit to background check and fingerprinting.
·Must comply with HIPAA and confidentiality regulations.