The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston is committed to the care and early education of infants and toddlers and to supporting their families' efforts to be self-sufficient providers and effective parents.
Family Support Specialist provides child development, social, health and parenting support services to a caseload of families. Services are delivered through home visits, group activities, advocacy and crisis intervention. The Specialist uses a research based curriculum to plan safe, developmentally appropriate experiences for infants and toddlers in their homes while deepening the parents’ understanding of their roles as their child’s first teacher. The Family Support Specialist also manages all documentation for their assigned caseload.
ESSSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Understand the mission and goals of the agency, with respect to curriculum, care of children and work with families.
Oversee implementation of program philosophy
Maintain a full caseload of families enrolled in the Home Visiting program, based on the assigned contract.
Provide weekly home visits, (except where another schedule is approved by the Program Manager), complete with lesson plans. Home visits are to be in families’ homes, or another agreed upon location, if pre-approval is given by the supervisor.
Home visits will include curriculum from Baby TALK and will include but not be limited to: parenting education and support, modeling, interactive parent-child activities and literacy, as well as needed referrals.
Advocate on behalf of families, identify appropriate community resources and support the family’s use of those resources.
Prepare, in collaboration with each family, a service plan including goals and service needs and family-driven objectives to support growth and goal achievement.
With each family’s involvement, monitor family service plans and renew every plan twice a year.
Work with the Family Support Program Manager to achieve assigned tasks and to manage group responsibilities for positive team performance.
Manage home visit scheduling and use of time to allow for effective work on all levels.
Perform weekly to monthly outreach within the community.
Conduct intake and referral follow-up as assigned.
Foster positive relations with parents by addressing questions and concerns, offering support and information as appropriate.
Organize curriculum materials for parent groups and discussions.
Facilitate parent education groups, discussion groups, and play groups.
Remain knowledgeable about curriculum and research in the areas of instruction for group topics.
Attend assigned and expected meetings and participate collaboratively.
Attend and contribute to monthly case staffing meetings.
Attend weekly individual supervision with Family Support Program Manager.
As assigned, facilitate Teen Parent Advisory meetings in collaboration with the CNE EHS representative.
Represent IWSE at community events and meetings, as requested.
Attend all other meetings as assigned by the Family Support Program Manager.
Reporting and Documentation
Ensure that all caseload children are screened twice a year, using a prescribed developmental instrument for children ages 0-3 years, within the first 45 days of enrollment.
Generate summary reports based on screening findings and submit those reports to the supervisor for review.
Manage all paperwork, forms, files, screenings, referrals, service plans, and other documentation necessary according to IWSE home visiting practices and expectations. This includes maintaining necessary information in the appropriate databases.
Complete and submit timely and accurate documentation to appropriate persons and to client files.
Submit monthly program reports to supervisor review.
Commit to on-going professional development including enrolling in coursework, etc
Create an annual professional development plan and quarterly professional development goals, in accordance with the professional practice policy and with guidance from the Family Support Program Manager.
Attend conferences, workshops and seminars as necessary or required.
Perform and fulfill other responsibilities as requested.
Maintain regular and predictable attendance and timeliness.
Act as a team member in group efforts and on general projects and organizational needs.
Promote positive, congenial and professional relationships with staff.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skills and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge of current and traditional developmental and educational theories in the field of infant and toddler care and family support
Ability to work in a diverse environment
Able to travel to families’ homes via car and perform the job duties within those homes.
Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and work cooperatively with others
Ability to follow directives
Ability to work independently
Excellent oral and written skills
Act as an representative of Infant Welfare Society of Evanston as needed
Excellent organizational and coordinating skills
Proficient computer skills
Ability to relate to families and children from diverse cultural, and economic backgrounds
Must have a current, valid driver’s license, auto insurance and daily access to an automobile
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree from a four year accredited university or college in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Social Work, or a closely related field. An individual with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood or related will be considered. Two years of experience working with high risk families from pregnancy through 3 years is preferable, or two years experience in Early Childhood, social services, or a family support program including work with infants and toddlers is required, as is experience providing parent education to families.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional documents, journals, regulations, standards and procedural manuals in English. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence in English. Ability to speak effectively and concisely to parents, employees, colleagues, etc. Must be able to effectively lead difficult conversations with families, and colleagues. Bilingual preferred in either Arabic, Farsi, Assyrian.
Must have basic math skills including adding, subtracting, dividing; ability to compute percents and work with fractions.
Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Power Point. Must be able to search the Internet and enter data into online programs such as the Early Head Start database and Baby TECH.
Ability to solve problems and anticipate needs and problems. Ability to multi-task and handle a variety of variables and situations. Ability to interpret and execute a variety of instructions, directives in writing, verbal or schedule form.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES REGISTRATIONS
Current certification in Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid (within the first three months of employment); must maintain annual re-certification.
A physical exam by a licensed health provider, certifying good health and freedom from communicable diseases, along with a negative result for a tuberculosis test, within six months prior to the date of hire.
Freedom from convictions or pending cases in accordance with the State of Illinois Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers.
A valid driver’s license and proof of current automobile insurance (including liability insurance)
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch, carry and otherwise perform the duties described herein. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs, balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employees must be able to communicate verbally as well as hear children and adults communicating even when they are not directly speaking to the employee. Must have regular access to a vehicle and also be licensed and able to drive.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the office environment is usually moderate.
Internal Number: 8474919650
About Infant welfare Society of Evanston
Now in its 104th year, The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE)’s mission is to deliver exceptional care and education for infants and young children and support families' efforts to be effective parents and advocates in their child's learning and development. IWSE is committed to eliminating barriers to critical early childhood education and vital family supports, ensuring that all children can reach their full potential. IWSE serves nearly 150 low-income and at-risk children and their parents in Evanston and its surrounding communities through three core programs: