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Child & Family Development Specialist

Posted: 09/17/2023

Summary of Position
Collaborates with Head Start management staff, site staff, and families to provide comprehensive family support services, advocacy, case management, regular Head Start site visits, and parental empowerment and engagement.  Assists in the development, coordination, and implementation of a family- and child-centered program to enhance family/community engagement.

Salary Range:
$34,000 - $38,000
Benefits Offered:
  • Medical Insurance (The Family Conservancy offers health insurance to all fulltime employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Vision & Dental Insurance. 
  • Long Term Disability.
  • Life Insurance.
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan matching up to 2%.
  • Yearly 5% employer retirement contribution. 
  • Paid Vacation. 
  • Sick Leave.
  • Personal time off. 
  • Agency paid holidays.
  • Flexible work schedules (Hybrid)
Essential Job Results
  • Develop strengths-based relationships with families to foster engagement and ensure they are afforded the opportunity to develop and implement an individualized plan of service based on their interests and well-being.
  • Jointly with the family, identify and mobilize resources within and external to the family, with consideration of possible barriers, provide linkages to these resources as necessary. 
  • Ensure timely follow-up with families to verify services were received, update goals, and further assess for additional needs.
  • Promote engagement in well-being, parent child relationships, as lifelong educators and learners, in transitions and connections to peers and the community, and as advocates and leaders.  Engagement may include Parent Committee meetings, Policy Council, child development and behavioral training, events and workshops, parent teacher conferences, providing input into their child’s education, staffing and curriculum development, and volunteerism.
  • Collaborate with Head Start staff, site staff, and parents to implement a schedule of parent engagement opportunities.  To foster relationships, planning, and two-way communication, attend assigned Head Start parent engagement events, home visits, parent teacher conferences, meetings, and other program sponsored events as needed.
  • Encourage parents to volunteer throughout the program to foster connections to others and within the community.
  • Collaborate with The Family Conservancy (TFC) staff to support the intake process as needed.  This includes scheduling application appointments in a timely manner, collecting all required Head Start eligibility documentation needed for income determination, completing eligibility determination, completing all data entry requirements, and following up on inquiries within one business day.
  • Complete all Head Start application requirements within two business days for review and approval by the Head Start Director.  Also correct issues noted during review within one business day to avoid delays in application processing and approvals.
  • Attend community meetings as needed to help implement strategies to reduce barriers for families in equitably accessing high quality services and supports.
  • Participate in recruitment activities and community events as needed to help ensure program funded enrollment and 10% disability requirements are met.
  • Collaborate with site staff to improve child attendance rates through the monitoring of ChildPlus reports and engage families by offering resources, referrals, and other support efforts. Collaborate with parents, TFC, and site staff to share child screening results; develop individualized follow-up plans; develop a Request for Support; and assist during the referral process for outside services with the local education agency.
  • Collaborate with TFC Head Start content team leads to identify resources and referrals needed to support families during their efforts to meet Head Start requirements in education/inclusion, health, family services, mental health, and quality assurance as needed.
  • Gather and maintain individual and family data for documentation, ongoing assessment, evaluation, and recordkeeping for successful individual and program planning.  Maintain clear and complete case notes following each interaction with families within the ChildPlus data system. 
Required Education & Experience
  • Associate's degree in social work, human services, family services, counseling, or a related field.  Or the Family Development Credential. 
  • Two years' experience working within a human service field. 
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, human services, family services, counseling, or a related field.
  • Four years' prior work experience with Head Start/Early Head Start preferred.
  • Bilingual fluency in written and oral English/Spanish, English/Urdu, English/Arabic, English/Vietnamese, or English/Somali preferred.
  • Prior experience with database management preferred.
  • Prior experience with ChildPlus database preferred.
  • Prior experience with Google Suite (Docs, Email, Sheets, Sites, Slides).Prior relevant work experience with low income and diverse populations in a community or other relevant setting preferred.
  • Demonstrable understanding of and compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, State Licensing Regulations, and/or other related State or Federal Requirements; 
Americans with Disability Specifications 
Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk; and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds.
Work Environment:  Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Position requires off-site work; individual must have access to transportation.  Travel throughout the facility, metropolitan area, and counties within the service delivery area is required.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful clearance of Criminal, Medical, Kansas & Missouri Child/Elder Abuse and Neglect, and Sex Offender background investigations.
  • Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be necessary.
  • Use of hands and fingers involved in work which is performed through the extensive use of computer systems, email, phone, fax machines, and typewriters.
  • Must have manual dexterity and experience to perform handwritten paperwork, recordkeeping, and filing.
  • Employee is required to sit for extended periods with prolonged exposure to computer monitors.
  • Must operate various input/output devices including keyboard and computer “mouse”.
  • A cubicle within a larger work area may define workspace.
  • As an employee working with child care providers, must be free from tuberculosis. 
The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999