Position Status: Full-time
FLSA: Non-exempt (hourly)
Supervised by: Family Abuse Center Executive Director
GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:
A certified parent educator will implement the PAT model, emphasizing parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being in their work with families. Utilizing the PAT Foundational Curriculum in culturally sensitive ways, the parent educator partners, facilitates and reflects with families.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education field required
- Master’s Degree in Education preferred
- 2 or more years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education preferred
- Experience in early Childhood Education field required
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills (e.g., nonjudgmental, objective, reflective, empathic, patient, tactful
- Demonstrated experience and ease working with a diverse population of clients
- Ability to establish rapport with families and empower them by building on their strengths
- Strong organizational and record keeping skills
- Ability to work independently and be self-motivated (often in the field)
- Computer skills; including web browsing, e-mail, Internet, and word-processing
- Demonstrates effectiveness as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently and to take initiative
- Ability to maintain personal balance and accomplish multiple tasks that require a variety of skills
- The parent educator must complete the Parents as Teachers Foundational and Model Implementation Trainings before delivering PAT services.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARENT EDUCATOR:
- Engage in recruitment and retention activities (as applicable)
- Complete an initial and annual family-centered assessment with each family (as required by the PAT Model)
- Develop, monitors and reviews goals with each family
- Provide personal home visits focused on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being (including planning, delivering and documenting the visit)
- Use the PAT Foundational curriculum to share research based information with families
- Provide group connections to give families an opportunity to build social connections with each other, engage in parent-child interaction activities, and increase their knowledge of ways to support children’s development
- Complete initial and annual developmental child screening and health review for each enrolled child
- Connect families to resources that help them reach their goals and address their needs
- Help parents and children transition to other services as needed, to preschool, or to kindergarten
- Maintain and submit in a timely way all required family and program documentation
- Organize and inventory supplies/materials, etc.
- Participate in at least 2 hours of reflective supervision monthly and at least 2 hours of staff meetings monthly
- Obtain competency-based professional development and renew parent educator certification annually
- Participate in continuous quality improvement
- Must have a personal vehicle for home visitation (mileage reimbursement will be provided).
- Must be available for weekend or evening appointments if necessary.
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