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Position Title

    Family Support Specialist


    Do you want to use your energy, charisma and passion to change people’s lives?
    We need you to join our team at Friends of Youth to help young moms who have
    experienced homelessness provide the best possible start for their children? Friends
    of Youth is looking for a friendly, outgoing person passionate about helping young
    families as the transition out of homelessness. This position is new to our agency
    and will be integrating evidence based parenting support into Friends of Youth’s
    successful Transitional Living and Supportive Housing Programs. The ideal candidate
    will have strong collaborative skills, a background in cultural competency, and enjoy
    the challenges of working with young parents and their children.


    A. Participant Enrollment and Assessment
        1. Work with the local DSHS Community Service Offices and staff in the
        Family Transitional Housing and Supportive Permanent Housing programs to
        identify and get referrals for appropriate families enrolled in these programs.
        2. Follow-up on new referrals until the participant enrolls, declines enrollment,
        or has not been reached after repeated attempts over three months.
        3. Screen new referrals to ensure that they are appropriate participants for
        Healthy Start.
        4. Complete the Referral Follow-up Report and send it to the referral source
        and Program Manager.
        5. Provide in-home enrollment and needs assessment.

    B. Parenting Education and Support Services
        1. Prepare for and provide home visits to participants as required by the PAT
        model using the PAT personal visit plans and other supplemental materials. In
        home visits, the FSS will: build rapport with the family; discuss child development
        and parenting practices; model, consult, and coach on parenting practices;
        engage in parent-child activities (including book reading) to foster participant    
        observation of their child's behavior and parent-child interaction; and support the
        participant in developing and updating family independence goals.
        2. With the participant, screen the participant's child for developmental progress
        and vision, hearing and health issues as appropriate for the screening tools used
        and recommended by PAT.
        3. Provide participant referral and linkage to a wide variety of community
        resources to support participants needs and independence goals.
        4. Plan and facilitate group meetings for participants at least monthly.
        5. In addition to the mother, include the father and other family members raising
        the child (as appropriate) in Healthy Start services.
        6. Maintain at least 50% of total hours as direct service hours.

    C. Community Collaboration and Outreach
        1. Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff at public
        health, hospitals, schools and other community service providers.
        2. Attend community provider meetings.
        3. Maintain awareness of community needs and service availability.
        4. Know and network with community resource providers.

    D. Administrative
        1. Maintain accurate, up-to-date participant records.
        2. Complete accurate, on-time agency and program statistical information in
        electronic format provided.
        3. Complete accurate, on-time outcomes and other evaluation information.
        4. Meet with supervisor bi-monthly for reflective supervision.
        5. Attend Friends of Youth Healthy Start team meeting and team meetings with
        staff who work in the Family Transitional Housing and Supportive Permanent
        Housing programs.
        6. Attend Healthy Start collaborative meetings, consultation, and in-service
        7. Maintain Parents as Teachers certification through appropriate trainings.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Master of Arts Degree in Social Work or related field, or Bachelor of Arts
        Degree in Social Work or related field and two years related experience.
        2. Experience with homeless youth or families desired.
        3. Experience working with culturally diverse youth desired.
        4. Valid Washington driver's license and auto liability insurance.
        5. Reliable transportation.
        6. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
        on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s) on
        Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies with
        the requirements of Friends of Youth.
        7. Bilingual, bicultural English and Spanish, preferred.
    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Knowledge of family support principles.
        2. Knowledge of parent-child interaction.
        3. Knowledge of child and adolescent development.
        4. Knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.
        5. Group process skills.
        6. Ability to establish a trusting relationship with at-risk families.
        7. Ability to manage assigned caseload and related job responsibilities.
        8. Ability to develop community resources and market services.
        9. Ability to work as part of a team.
        10. Ability to work with and maintain a group of volunteers.
        11. Able to read, write and speak English.
        12. Available to work some weekends and evenings.
        13. Knowledge of relevant Council on Accreditation (COA) standards and
        participation in the Performance Quality Improvement process.
        14. Committed to Friends of Youth's inclusive movement towards empowerment
        and social justice by demonstrating respect of differences, advocating for social
        change and providing access to culturally relevant services to meet the needs of
        all youth and families.
        15. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and a
        commitment to the value of cultural competency.


    Full Time



Reports to

    Healthy Start Program Manager


   Duvall / East King County

Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Human Resources at hr@friendsofyouth.org  

Job Posting Date

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