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Family Consultant

The Salvation Army Omaha, NE

Job Description


The Salvation Army Mission:  The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.  Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


Summary/Primary Purpose:  Provide qualified families and pregnant women with information, intervention, and learning opportunities which support the achievement of Federal Head Start Performance Standards.  Utilize the selected curriculum and specialized training to independently supervise and guide assigned families and pregnant women to successful completion of individualized family and child development goals. Bilingual in Spanish or Karen preferred.


Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM; Evenings and weekend hours as needed.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Provide assigned families individualized home-based services: 

  1. Conduct orientation for new families including completion of all required program documents.
  2. Complete 1.5 hour weekly home visits with home-based families (46 per year) and 1 hour monthly home visits (12 per year) for center-based families.
  3. Develop and implement individualized Home/Center-based Visit Plans for each participant.
  4. Act as an advocate for families enrolled in the program and assist parents to become advocates.
  5. Identify and problem-solve barriers to goal achievement, teaching child development and parenting/life skills to increase family self-sufficiency and healthy child development. 
  6. Assist families in a smooth transition process to Head Start or pre-school program.


Screen and assess all assigned children, families and pregnant women:

  1. Conduct Brigance screenings and ongoing assessments according to program policy guidelines and monitor child development progress on an ongoing basis.
  2. Integrate information from screenings, ongoing assessments, parents and, if applicable, the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), to develop Child Development Goals.
  3. Develop a Family Partnership Goal Plan and document/monitor monthly progress per policy.
  4. Document progress in meeting Family Partnership Goal Plans and Child Development Goals. 
  5. Conduct a Prenatal Risk Assessment with pregnant women, and with input from the family and the Health Services Manager, develop an individualized Prenatal Service Plan.
  6. Conduct and document monthly center-based observations for center-based children.
  7. Conduct monthly center-based partnership observations and complete a Center-based Observation  
  8. Assist families in the completion of monthly health requirements, based on Nebraska’s EPSDT schedule and program requirements, to meet the individual healthcare needs of enrolled children and pregnant women.


Other Essential Duties:

  1. Assist with the planning and implementation of monthly Early Head Start socializations and program events, and encourage family participation.
  2. Provide primary teaching components and presentations during events for families utilizing identified curriculum.
  3. Provide each family with referrals to community agencies or services, including mental health.
  4. Attend outside community referral appointments as needed.
  5. Follow State mandatory reporting laws, including program policy, in cases of child neglect/abuse.
  6. Follow all program policies and procedures regarding documentation and maintain Child Plus database information as required.
  7. Serve as primary electronic file manager, maintaining high quality documentation standards set by Council on Accreditation (COA) and the Federal Head Start Performance Standards.
  8. Attend quarterly Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings and present on each assigned family.
  9. Attend and participate in all program-required meetings, trainings, and in-services.
  10. Driving is an essential aspect of this position.
  11. All other duties as assigned.


Bilingual Responsibilities, if hired as Bilingual Family Consultant:

  1. Provide interpretation for non-English speaking EHS families at center-based sites, on the phone, during home visits and during parent committee meetings and socializations, as requested.
  2. Assist in translating documents or forms from English to language of origin.
  3. Assist in completing transportation requests with non-English speaking families and any follow up information needed.
  4. Assist in completion of enrollment forms with non-English speaking families.


Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A


Education and/or Experience: Associate’s Degree (A.A.) in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Human Social Services or related field, and at least one year related experience required.   Bachelor’s Degree (B.S. or B.A.) in same fields may be given preference. If hired as Bilingual Family Consultant, ability to speak, read and write in language of origin is required.


Qualifications:  The requirements listed below are representative of the minimal knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for this position. 

  1. Bilingual Spanish or Karen strongly preferred.
  2. Ability to be flexible and able to work on multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
  3. The ability to access payroll, timekeeping and personal data via a web-based system.
  4. Administrative skills to include utilization of standard office equipment, data entry, 10-key, attention to detail and filing.       
  5. Good communication skills both written and spoken, and ability to maintain effective working relationships.
  6. Demonstrated ability to handle confidential matters. 

Other Qualifications: Must pass all applicable background checks.  Must be able to pass medical examination and Tuberculosis test.  Must possess a valid driver's license from the state in which you reside.  Must be approved through The Salvation Army Fleet Safety Program to drive either a Salvation Army or personal vehicle on Salvation Army business. Must be able to provide own transportation to home visits.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Obtain certification in First Aid, CPR and CPI within 6 months of hire.  Become certified in Parents As Teachers within one year of hireBecome certified in Partners for a Healthy Baby curriculum within two years of hire. 


Physical Requirements:  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 sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Job Details

Date Posted March 14, 2019
Date Closes March 28, 2019
Address 3612 Cuming Street
Located In Omaha, NE
Department Early Head Start
Job Type Full-time Employee
Experience Level Entry Level (0-2 yrs. experience)
Shift Daytime
Hours 40 hours per week
Positions Available 1
SOC Category 21-1021.00 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Zipcode 68131

This job requires the following skills

  • ADP
  • Microsoft - Word
  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Accepts and Learns From Criticism
  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Communications
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Excellent Team Member
  • Positive Attitude
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Time Management
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Typing
  • Public Relations

Course(s) relevant to the skills listed for this position