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Position Title

    Family Support Specialist - Healthy Start


    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 struggling moms with
    young children be the best parents they can be. Friends of Youth is looking for a
    friendly, outgoing person passionate about supporting families. 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. We use the
    Parents As Teachers evidence based model to provide high quality home visiting
    services to families across the far east side of King County. Training in the Parents
    as Teachers model provided.


    A. Participant Enrollment and Assessment
        1. Follow-up on new referrals until the participant enrolls, declines enrollment, or
        has not been reached after repeated attempts over three months.
        2. Screen new referrals to ensure that they are appropriate participants for
        Healthy Start.
        3. Complete the Referral Follow-up Report and send it to the referral source and
        Program Manager.
        4. Provide in-home enrollment and needs assessment.

    B. Parenting Education and Support Services
        1. Prepare for and provide home visits to participants at least bi-monthly using
        the Parents as Teachers foundational visit plans and other PAT 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 during home visits.
        2. With the participant, screen the participant's child at least annually for
        developmental progress and vision, hearing and health issues.
        3. Provide participant referral and linkage to a wide variety of community
        resources to support participant’s needs and independence goals.
        4. Plan and facilitate group meetings for participants 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.
        7. Provide all services with sensitivity to appropriate cultural context.

    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 for reflective supervision and team meeting.
        5. Attend All Staff meetings (monthly), consultation, and in-service trainings.
        6. Maintain Parents as Teachers certification through appropriate trainings.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Masters of Social Work or related field, or Bachelors of Social Work or
        related field and two years related experience preferred.
        2. Home visiting experience desired.
        3. Valid Washington driver's license and auto liability insurance.
        4. Reliable transportation.
        5. 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.
        6. Bilingual, bicultural preferred.
        7. Education or experience in cultural competency.

    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
        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. Available to work some weekends and evenings.
        12. Knowledge of relevant Council on Accreditation standards and participation
        in the Performance Quality Improvement process.
        13. 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.
        14. Must demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and
        a commitment to the value of cultural competency.


    Full Time


    $19.31 / hour

Reports to

    Healthy Start Program Manager



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Eowyn Orleck at

Job Posting Date

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