POSITION: Group Coordinator/Family Support Worker – Full Time (40 hrs/wk)
REPORTS TO: Center Director
OVERVIEW: Family Focus is a family support/family advocacy organization that provides comprehensive resources and support programs for families. We strive to offer quality services to children, youth, adults, grandparents, pregnant and parenting teens, foster families and new immigrants. Our agency is located in diverse community-based centers in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Its mission is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their communities. This position is located on the south side in the Englewood neighborhood.
Responsible for implementation of parent groups utilizing the Play Is Learning Curriculum and/or Healthy Families Illinois (HFI) program models at Family Focus Englewood (FFE). Group Coordinator will use evidence-based curricula to support families with children 0 through 5 years of age in a group setting. The Coordinator must be well- trained to strengthen and enhance parents’ abilities to understand developmental issues related to the social-emotional needs of children. This position involves providing services such as facilitation, planning, data collection and attendance.
The program will provide educational classes that promote emotional and social development and establish an environment that is supportive and stimulating to families with children birth through 5 years old. Staff will work from a team approach with the Program Supervisors to support the work that home visitors are implementing in the home. Through training, the Group Coordinator/FSW will be able to apply the family support principles in conducting home visits to a caseload of 8-10 participants along with the duties of conducting 2 weekly groups. He/she will be skilled in the development of an Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP) and also be able to engage parent and child in bonding and attachment activities. Emphasis must be placed on assisting parents in helping their children attain optimal functioning through education them on their children developmental milestones.
• Plan and implement all program group components related to HFI/MIECHV Program.
• Prepare and present on a relevant educational topic each week.
• Conduct weekly visits for a caseload of 8 participants in home.
• Facilitate discussion and encourage mutual self-help exchanges of suggestions, experiences and support among participants within the group.
• Engage parents in leadership roles and encourage continued attendance.
• Notify supervisor staff of any special needs or concerns regarding a child or family, and work with staff to ensure that the child and/or family receives the resources necessary.
• Maintain confidentiality and ethical standards of practice with families and co-workers.
• Function as one of many team members working to support parents and children
regarding issues of social-emotional development.
• Attend all HFI direct service meetings and all staff meetings.
Mandatory Job Qualifications
• The position requires a Bachelors of Arts or Science Degree or equivalent experience.
• Specific training in the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.
• Domestic Violence (DV) certificate and experience is a plus, or
• Complete 40 DV training, child abuse training and mandated report training within the first 3 months of employment.
• Considerable experience working with children, adolescents, and families.
• Sensitivity to working with families of diverse cultural backgrounds.
• Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
• Strong team building capabilities.
• Strong technology and computer skills.
• Work related travel within the Englewood community.
• Other duties as assigned.