Bilingual Family Support Worker- HF Morris
LOCATION: Dover, New Jersey
CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time / Non-Exempt- 37.5 hours/week
ANNUAL SALARY: $33,500/year
JOB SUMMARY: The Family Support Worker is responsible for establishing and maintaining a regular and long-term relationship with the families enrolled in the Healthy Families Morris County Program. The FSW conducts home visitation services from pregnancy through the child’s third year.
- Outreach families referred through Connecting NJ or a Service Provider.
- Use a standardized screening tool to determine eligibility for home visitation services
- Conduct family-centered and strength-based Home Visits based on the assigned enrolled family’s level of service; each home visit should last one hour;
- Interview/conduct the Parent Survey with parents to identify strengths/risk factors to support the family throughout home visitation services.
- Conduct weekly outreach efforts to engage hard to reach clients;
- Document, in FamSys, weekly home visits, assessment tools, and required forms, in a timely manner;
- Utilize Parents As Teachers curriculum to help improve parent child interaction;
- Establish a trusting relationship;
- Assist in strengthening the parent-child relationship;
- Assist parents in improving their skills to optimize the home environment;
- Assist in increasing the family support system and increase the family’s ability to problem solve and assume the role of advocating for themselves and their children;
- Responsible for assisting the family in establishing goals and a plan for the accomplishment of those goals. The assessment of the normal growth and development of the target child;
- Identify and refer to other supportive agencies, including healthcare appointments;
- Assist with organizing and facilitating parent workshops;
- Provide advocacy at appointments, as needed;
- Monitor current health and developmental trends in order to better assist families;
- Maintain own functioning vehicle in good working condition at all times;
- Maintain manual and computerized client files in a confidential manner;
- Handles other assignments as requested.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is performed in a variety of office, home, health care and community settings; may involve bending, color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 35 pounds, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, standing, stooping and walking. Successful performance requires specific vision abilities that include close vision. The employee will attend meetings at a variety of places and will need to drive. Occasional stair climbing is required.
WORK REQUIREMENTS: There are no unusual work conditions. Noise level at work is moderate. The employee will experience outside weather conditions while in transit to and from meetings or during special events. This position requires the employee to own a functional vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license and updated vehicle registration and insurance at all times.
MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of a High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- Two years of experience working with children (0-3 years of age) and families.
- Computer literacy required.
- Bi-lingual strongly required: English and Spanish
- Knowledge of normal child growth/development and parent-child relationships.
- Experience in working with community agencies, including implementing referral processes.
- Ability to relate to families from a strength-based model even in an apparently chaotic family environment; ability to approach families from a family-centered service model.
- Demonstrates motivation and ability to learn and practice basic supportive skills.
- Flexible availability
- Ability to establish and maintain personal/programmatic boundaries, while providing supportive services.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to individuals who may not share basic commonality, including value system and behavior norms.
- Believes in and is comfortable with advocating for nurturing, nonviolent discipline of children.
- Experience in working with culturally diverse communities/families and the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
- Demonstrates strong writing, effective communication and organizational skills
- Enters and maintains data entry of client information into database(s).
- Open to reflective practice (i.e. has capacity for introspection, communicates awareness of self in relation to others, recognizes value of supervision, etc.)
- Ability to travel throughout New Jersey to attend required core trainings, curricula training and ongoing trainings required by the model and/or agency.
- Infant mental health endorsement level I or II preferred.