Family Support Worker-Healthy Families Program Essex

LOCATION: Irvington, New Jersey

CLASSIFICATION: Full-time/ Non-exempt – 37.5 hours/week

ANNUAL SALARY: $31K

JOB SUMMARY:

Responsible for establishing and maintaining a long-term relationship with the families enrolled in the Healthy Families Program of Essex County. Conduct home visitation services from pregnancy through the child’s third year.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Outreach families referred through Central Intake or a Service Provider.
  • Use 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.
  • Interview/conduct Parent Survey with parents to identify strengths/risk factors.
  • Conduct weekly outreach efforts to engage hard to reach clients.
  • Document weekly home visits, assessment tools, and forms in a timely and confidential manner.
  • Utilize Parents as Teachers curriculum to help improve parent child interaction.
  • 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 the family’s ability to problem solve.
  • Identify and refer to other supportive agencies, including healthcare appointments.
  • Assist with organizing and facilitating parent workshops.
  • Provide advocacy at appointments, as needed.
  • Maintain own functioning vehicle in good working condition at all times.
  • Handles other assignments as requested.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School graduate; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Two years of experience working with children (0-3 years of age) and families
  • English/Spanish or English/Creole preferred.
  • Knowledge of normal child growth/development and parent-child relationships
  • Experience in working with community agencies, including implementing referral processes
  • 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.
  • Experience working in culturally diverse communities; ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; computer literacy

This position reports to the Healthy Families Supervisor.  

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