Social Worker
Focus, Inc. - Eagle River, AK

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FOCUS -- Infant Learning Program Developmental Specialist/Social Worker
Join Us. Where family comes first.

FOCUS, Inc. works in a wide spectrum of services from Infants to Adults. Our mission of providing the best possible services to families parallels our commitment to providing a family friendly work environment for our employees.

Position Summary
Provides in-home intervention and support for families with a child under the age of 36 months who experiences developmental delay or disability.

Essential Functions

Related to working with families:

  • Form respectful partnerships with families in planning and implementing programming for their child.
  • Screen and assess general developmental performance in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, behavior, cognition, speech/language, self-help, and adaptive behaviors.
  • Assists with the development of an Individual Family Service Plan based on developmental assessment, parent input, and/or consultations with support service personnel.
  • Observes and assists families if requested in identification of resources, concerns and priorities in relation to needs of their child and family.
  • Assists parents with the home strategies and intervention techniques which best facilitate the child’s function within the family environment.
  • Act as family service coordinator (case management) using a respectful partnership model of family-centered services.
  • Assist, coordinate, and collaborate information for families regarding community agencies and/or community transition services.
  • Keep current and accurate records to document activity with the family and to meet state audit requirements.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all clients.
  • Assist families through the billing process.

Related to the Agency:

  • Participate in scheduled team meetings to coordinate and improve services.
  • Develop a schedule of services and work related activities to provide a maximum amount of services to families.
  • Form respectful partnerships with co-workers.
  • Collaborate and coordinate information with community agencies and support services with families.
  • Provide in-service (both formally and informally) to community agencies parents and other interested parties to further understanding of the Infant Learning Program and the benefits of early intervention.
  • Participate in ongoing staff development and education.
  • Participate as an advocate for Infant Learning Programming within community awareness projects.
  • Submit monthly required data including time cards and expenses according to agency schedules.
  • Be willing to participate in any other projects as assigned by the Supervisor.
  • Keep children’s files current and updated at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to connect with families and follow their needs.
  • Skilled in MS Office Outlook (email and calendar) and Word.
  • Able to work independently and problem solve.
  • Able to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Knowledgeable, skilled and able to deal with situational & behavioral challenges with children, care givers and families.
  • Knowledgeable of various disabilities, impairments and special needs in children and skilled in educating to those with special needs.
  • Able to write legibly and type simple and professional correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Meet current State of Alaska requirement for a licensed social worker
  • A valid Alaska Drivers License.
  • Must have reliable transportation and automobile insurance (minimum of liability insurance), and be willing to use own vehicle for job duties, including home visits.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one year working with children ages 0-3 years.
  • A minimum of one year working closely with parents in forming partnerships to provide services.

Focus, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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