Job Purpose: This position develops and enhances the Division’s ability to provide parent-child relationship focused, outcome oriented services to families, and to implement a designated research-based model.
· Provide ongoing, direct technical assistance and consultation to assigned sites in the areas of program development; outcomes; staffing; training; mentoring; documentation; reporting; and program model requirements, services levels, and best practices.
· Develop and maintain skills in consulting, technical assistance, monitoring and training to conduct program development and training acticies associated with the range of program models and services implemented by assigned sites.
· Develop and maintain positive relationships with site program management and site supervisors. Assist site supervisors in understanindg and integrating new program strategies into site services.
· Conduct annual onsite program assessments for assigned sites. Reviews include discussion and examination of each site’s program design, policies and practices in supervision and service delivery, materials/curricula and other elements of program implementation as they pertain to doula, home visiting, parent group services, and other service components. Assessment includes an audit of participant and supervisory records. Travel to site locations, including some overnight travel, is required.
· Serves as a trainer for Ounce Institute trainings and assists in the development and implementation of training events in collaboration with other staff.
· Performs other job-related duties as requested.
Special Training or Competency:
· Knowledge of current trends and issues in services to teen and adult parents, prenatal care, and children 0-3, including doula, parent group services, home visiting, maternal and child health, and staff development strategies;
· Working knowledge of child development (especially 0-3), adolescent development, home visiting, prevention services, and organizational theory and practice;
· Ability to process, protect, and exercise discretion in handling confidential informaton and materials;
· Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse staff and external individuals;
· Ability to monitor, analyze and report on program activities;
· Ability to work independently on site and collaboratively in a team environment to coordinate reporting, training, and technical assistance;
· Strong analytical, communication (written and verbal), organizational, interpersonal, program consultation, training, and problem solving skills
Spanish Speaking a plus
Preferred Knowledge, Experience, and Education:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies, Human Services or a related field.
Related Experience: Three (3) to five (5) years experience in social work or similar industry
About Ounce of Prevention Fund
Here’s what we do:
We serve more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs we fund and operate in Chicago as well as through our network of voluntary home visiting programs throughout Illinois.
We integrate the latest research and best theories into our program development efforts.
We train nearly 3,000 community-based early childhood professionals in Illinois each year.
We advocate for state and federal funding for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
We partner with advocacy organizations in 23 states and Washington, DC, to build their capacity to advance policy change and increase public investments in effective birth-to-five programs.
We communicate through publications and other resources to ensure that what we know is translated into understanding that leads to action—in homes, schools, board rooms, and on Capitol Hill.
We design and develop models, curricula, education materials and other programs that help prevent the academic achievement gap and the social problems it can create, including school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and chronic health conditions.