To meet all program requirements of home visiting components of the Healthy Start~ Healthy Families program throughout Coos and Curry County service area. Including: assisting enrolled families in establishing positive environments promoting the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of newborns; Perform assessments required by state and federal agencies to gather information and determine services; Refer enrolled families to programs that will enable a healthy start for newborns; Assist in strengthening the parent-child relationship by improving parenting skills, reducing family stress, ensuring medical care and immunizations. Work with parents individually and as a family unit to include group sessions with other enrolled families, provide current and up-to-date information to ensure parents have an opportunity to make educated decisions that lead to healthy life styles necessary to support children. Complete and submit all required documentation to state and federal agencies.
Description of Duties and tasks:
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Responsible for providing family support services to enrolled families by establishing and maintaining trusting relationship with at-risk families by providing regular client contact through home visits. Includes participating in community partnerships and performing outreach activities as directed my supervisor.
Apply working knowledge of parent-child interaction, child development, and the dynamics of child abuse and neglect to teach positive parenting skills and non-violent management techniques; assist in the reduction of family stress, and meet dependency needs of parents. Help parents learn problem-solving and coping skills by providing active listening and/or referring them to appropriate community agencies.
Responsible for record keeping relating to home visiting, family activities, and any additional interactions with clients, and implementing the Healthy Start Healthy Families Program as identified by policy. Establish a case plan with goals, objectives, and activities with input from supervisor and family, to meet individual client needs. Record client observations and activities; perform developmental assessments and conduct stress assessment interviews as required with families during pre-and post-natal periods.
Maintain familiarity and knowledge of community resources and use information appropriately to meet client or programmatic needs.
Assist clients in making and attending appointments with doctors, social service agencies, and other agencies as needed. Act as a liaison between clients and other community agencies and assist clients with paperwork needed in application for programs including medical and financial assistance.
Review client case files with Healthy Start Healthy Families Program Specialist/Supervisor on a regular basis to ensure proper services are being applied as outlined by the Healthy Start-Healthy Families program. Participate in regular staff meetings, case conferences, in-service training, and other meetings as required by supervisor.
Collaborate with schools, hospitals, doctors’ offices, county health departments, and other medical and social service agencies in processing referrals to and from partner agencies, and participate in public outreach activities to support the Healthy Start Healthy Families Program as required by supervisor.
Follow Policies and Procedures as found in the Healthy Start Healthy Families Policies and Procedures Manual. Including attending required trainings as directed by supervisor.
Perform other related duties as required.
Marginal Job Functions
Attend meetings and participate in presentations as directed by supervisor.
Follow safety procedures and maintain work area in a clean and orderly manner
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Individuals must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Thorough and current knowledge in the fields of child development, family dynamics, family problems, stresses of parenting, and non-violent approaches to disciplining children, and adult learning.
Be familiar with community social service agencies, education, and training options available to assure accurate information is given in resource and referral.
Working knowledge and ability to recognize the need for professional intervention, coordination of services with health resources, and maintain personal safety.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using the English language with or without the use of an interpreter. Excellent written communications skills and the ability to communicate verbally in ways that meet clients’ needs and levels of understanding.
Ability to consistently convey a pleasant and helpful attitude by using excellent interpersonal and communication skills to control sometimes stressful and emotional situations. Requires sufficient communication and human relations skills to resolve complaints/issues, defuse anger, and gain cooperation. Excellent interpersonal skills in working with children, families, partners, and supervisor required.
Ability to receive and process information in a professional, sensitive, timely, and confidential manner. Ability to interview clients and assess needs. Good problem solving skills required. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of client identity and information.
Skill in supporting families, active listening, and teaching positive parent-child interaction skills; crisis intervention.
Ability to work effectively and sensitively with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives, and abilities.
Ability to assist parents in successfully fulfilling their roles as primary educators of their children.
Ability to work with supervisor in effective time management related to work duties, in decision making based on policies and procedures, and in using initiative and judgment in carrying out responsibilities.
Ability to perform data entry and access various files in college and state-wide information system, word processing, and spreadsheet applications.
Ability and willingness to manage a flexible work schedule with self-discipline, including travel, various hours and possible weekends/evenings, as well as work days at other college and client locations. Ability to respond on short notice to client’s needs.
1. A high school diploma or GED with progress towards an Associate Degree in Childhood Education & Family Studies, or related field
1. 3 years or more working with and providing direct services to children and families of diverse populations
1. Must possess and maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license
2. Must be able to maintain listing on the Oregon Central Background Check System through the Oregon State Child Care Division.
3. Maintain Infant Child CPR/First Aid and Food Handlers certification
1. Associate Degree or equivalent coursework, Childhood Education & Family Studies, with coursework in Infant Toddler Development, or related field
1. 3 years or more working as a home visitor in a program serving infants and toddlers
Additional Job Information:
Southwestern Oregon Community College - 12 months ago