Smiling young man

Employment Opportunities

Current Jobs available at Friends of Youth

Position Title

    Family Support Specialist - Healthy Start


    The Family Support Specialist (FSS) provides culturally relevant home-based
    parenting education and support to young families participating in Friends of
    Youth’s Family Transitional Housing and Supportive Permanent Housing programs
    and the in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program through DSHS
    at the time of enrollment. The FSS for the Parenting Support for Homeless
    Families Program will work closely with the local DSHS offices, staff at the Family
    Transitional Housing and Supportive Permanent Housing programs and will be part
    of the Friends of Youth Healthy Start home visiting team. The FSS will incorporate
    family support principles in their interaction with participants, and implement the
    four components of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) evidence based program model.


    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
        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. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work or related field and two years
        related experience preferred.
        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.
        8. 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 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. Able to engage with diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.
        15. Demonstrate a commitment to the values of equity and inclusion by honoring
        and celebrating diverse characteristics and expressions of personal identity.


    Full Time


    $18.50 - 19.50 / hour

Reports to

    Healthy Start Program Manager



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Mary McCracken at

Job Posting Date

Return to Employment Opportunities