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HOPES Program

Parents as Teachers Parent Educator - Bilingual

Position Status: Full-Time
FLSA: Non-exempt (hourly)
Supervised by: HOPES Coordinator

Please email resumes and cover letters to rachel.heeringa@familyabusecenter.org.

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, skill/ability, and licenses/credentials required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education:      

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education field or Social Work/Psychology/NeuroScience or a related field required
  • Master’s Degree in Education/Child Development preferred

Experience:

  • 2 or more years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education preferred
  • Experience in Early Childhood Education field required

Skills/Abilities

  • Bilingual 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

License/Credentials:

  • 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

OTHER:

  • Must have a personal vehicle for home visitation (mileage reimbursement will be provided).
  • Must be available for weekend or evening appointments if necessary.