Bilingual Parent Educator- Parents as Teachers of Bergen County
LOCATION: Dover, New Jersey (Hybrid)
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time/Non-exempt-37.5 hours/week
ANNUAL SALARY: $32,000/year
Parents as Teachers is a home visitation program that pairs trained Parent Educators with pregnant women and young families. During regular home visits, the program provides family support, parent education and helps families build protective factors. Parents as Teachers uses a strengths-based approach to help families identify their own unique capabilities and skills. Focus is placed on development-centered parenting and parent-child interactions.
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for providing intensive home visiting to a standard caseload of 20 families in compliance with the Parents as Teachers (PAT) Essential Requirements.
- Maintain regular and long-term relationship with the family.
- Establish a trusting relationship with the family.
- Assist in strengthening the parent-child relationship; assist parents in improving skills to optimize home environment and parenting practices.
- Assess the normal growth and development of the target child; assist in increasing the family support system and social connections.
- Increase the family’s self-sufficiency by assisting them improve their ability to problem solve; assist family in establishing goals and plan for the accomplishment of those goals.
- Identify and refers family to other supportive agencies when appropriate and needed, including healthcare appointments.
- Teach basic health and life skills, e.g. prenatal care, immunizations, budgeting, etc. and ensures appropriate utilization of needed health and social services.
- Administer all required tools and screenings according to the standardized Tool Timeline.
- Maintain client charts and records.
- Comply with monthly, quarterly, and annual program reporting.
- Attend ongoing training sessions and meetings, which may require travel.
- Exercise sound judgment related to obligation as a mandatory reporter of suspicion of child endangerment and maltreatment.
- Handle other assignments as requested
DESIRED EDUCATION AND SKILLS:
- Minimum High School graduate; Bachelor’s preferred
- Two years’ previous supervised work experience with young children and/or parents
- Maturity and experience in working with children (0-5 years of age) and their families for at least two years.
- Knowledge of normal child growth/development and parent-child relationships.
- Ability to relate to families from a strength-based model and approach families from a family-centered service model.
- Flexible availability that might include weekend and evening hours.
- Knowledgeable about community resources in Bergen County.
- Ability to establish and maintain personal/programmatic boundaries, while providing supportive services.
- Ability to maintain client confidentiality.
- Experience working with culturally diverse communities/families.
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Computer literacy in MS Office Suite