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Head Start Home-Based Specialist

Posted: 09/17/2023

Position Location and Department:
  • This position is part of our Head Start Home-Based Program.  
  • This position will work at our Wyandotte County office located at 444 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101.
Job Summary:
The Head Start Home Based Specialist conducts weekly home visits with expectant mothers, children birth to five and their families. Facilitates developmentally supportive parent–child interactions while establishing a collaborative partnership with the parent to support the child’s ongoing development. Responsible for assessment, screenings, case management, family empowerment, and education to assigned families. Implements the comprehensive Head Start services directly with the parent and family. Shares the responsibility for parent/family engagement in the program.
Benefits Offered:
  • Medical Insurance (The Family Conservancy offers health insurance to all full time 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)
Salary Range:
$40,497.29 - $60,000.00
  • Conducts weekly 90-minute Early Head Start and Head Start home visits for Expectant mothers to 5yrs, child and family assessments, responsible for case management, family empowerment and education. Bi-weekly visit for Early Head Start expectant mothers prior to third trimester; weekly afterwards up to the delivery.
  • Provides family-centered and culturally responsive services to meet participant needs and preferences in a professional manner.
  • Assists parents to strengthen the family’s knowledge of Prenatal & child development, health and nutrition topics. Plans and conducts (implements lesson plans and weekly) educational activities with parents as appropriate.
  • Supports parents in problem solving while identifying community resources and referrals to meet the needs, goals, and interests of the family. May also provide age appropriate activities and materials as requested.
  • Collaborate with other community agencies and serve as a liaison for both community and families.
  • Partners with parents during the family assessment process to identify family goals and resources in a strengths-based approach.
  • Submits monthly progress reports for each family in the caseload. Gathers and maintains individual and family data for documentation, ongoing assessment, evaluation and record keeping for successful individual and program planning. Maintains clear and complete case notes following each client meeting or home visit including health services information, screening, immunizations and referrals.
  • Routinely consults with the supervisor regarding Head Start regulations and other applicable regulations and practices as needed.
Required Skills/Abilities:
Ability to collaborate with departments, outside partners, and colleagues
  • Respectful communication
  • Growth-oriented discussion
  • Shared responsibilities
Commitment to growth mindset
  • Commitment to professional growth through self reflection and ongoing education
  • Commitment to supporting partner sites through transformative change
Ability to display patience, flexibility, curiosity, and resilience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and receive and provide feedback.
  • Demonstrated high proficiency in subject areas of child health, early intervention, emotional intelligence, and problem solving as well as the ability to prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to display cultural sensitivity and understanding required for collaboration with a diverse group of childcare site staff, staff, and families.
Travel to Head Start families homes, throughout the community, and make overnight trips as
Education and Experience:
  • Home-based Child & Development Associates and Family Development Credential; or, an Associate's/Bachelor’s degree with 12 hours of social work, human services, family services, or counseling. 
  • Two years experience working with children birth to 5 years required.
  • Basic First Aid and CPR certification required. (May complete within first 90-days of employment)
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50 % of the time.
  • Frequently moves items weighing up to 20 pounds across the office for various needs.
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