Job Classification (Exempt or Non-exempt): Non-Exempt
Reports To: Program Supervisor
The Family Resource Specialist will provide prenatal and parenting education and support for parents and their children (birth - 5 years) through weekly one on one visits in the home.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide weekly one on one visits in the home using the curriculum to educate and support parents regarding prenatal education (healthy pregnancy, child birth), breastfeeding, parent/child interactions, child development, safety, sexual health/family planning and parent/child health.
- Engage in tasks necessary to the provision of direct service, including but not limited to:
- utilizing the curriculum weekly to plan individual lessons for each family
- paperwork and digital record keeping including, documentation, assessments, monthly service plans/progress reports, aftercare plans, and discharge summaries completed in accordance with agency policy/procedure
- driving to and from home-based appointments and occasional client transport
- attending community meetings on behalf of families or the agency
- researching and knowing community resources to refer families
- responding to client referrals and/or emergencies in person within specified time frames
- Collaborate with other agencies, service providers, and informal supports including case managers, therapists, and relatives to advocate on behalf of clients.
- Participate in consultation supervision sessions as required.
- Collect statistics and implement CQI procedures as defined by program assignment
Marginal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Complete training necessary to perform position and necessary for professional growth.
- Complete other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.
- Facilitate a team atmosphere by working in partnership with other agency staff and promote a positive working environment.
- Represent the agency and programs in a positive manner to clients, community organizations and the public in general.
- Show flexibility with regard to work schedule (to be determined by supervisor); some evening or weekend work will be required.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Minimum education and experience: To be able to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field.
- Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Strong direct service professional skills, including:
- Commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems,
- Belief in a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a person and that people have the capacity to grow and change,
- Ability to develop respectful relationship with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence,
- Ability to work collaboratively with coworkers and other professionals, and
- Ability to: maintain a helping role, intervene appropriately to meet service goals, and set appropriate limits.
- Experience working with families with trauma history;
- Required knowledge and skills in:
- The breadth of child welfare issues and services and the functioning and processes of advocating for families and children within the system,
- The needs of neglected, abused and exploited children and adults,
- Family functioning, and
- Experience in or familiarity with Child development;
- Skill in working with families who may not engage in services easily;
- Ability to analyze and make recommendation regarding individual cases and individual staff issues, and (frequently simultaneously) to analyze and apply larger, systemic issues;
- Ability to make independent decisions and act accordingly, or with minimal support from supervisor. Ability to work autonomously and make appropriate decisions in crisis situations;
- Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
- Transportation and insurance that meets agency requirements;
- Successfully complete a defensive driving course sanctioned by the National Safety Council;
- Have no more than three points assessed against his/her Nebraska driver’s license, or meet a comparable standard in the state in which she/he is licensed to drive;
- Ability to interact with clients with sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics in the service population;
- Ability to work in adverse conditions; bugs, rodents, odors, etc
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret forms, documents, evaluations and procedure manuals;
- Ability to respond to inquiries and possible complaints from clients and other providers; and
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instruction
- Physical demands:
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.
- Ability to work extensively with clients.
- Corrected hearing and vision within normal range.
- Ability to safely operate a vehicle.
- Schedule demands (travel, adjustments to accommodate clients, weekends/evenings, etc.):
- Will be required to work on evenings and weekend as needed.
- Site factors (work location, environment, travel, etc.):
- Majority of work is a combination of office and home based environments. Additional work may be performed in a variety of settings to meet department needs.
Note: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of those that will be encountered by a person performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should visit https://www.nchs.org/careers, locate this position, and click on "Apply Now" beneath the job description to complete the online application form. The application must be completed in full and submitted by the specified closing date for consideration.
Please contact Ilissa Fern at 402-451-0787 or at 3549 Fontenelle Boulevard, Omaha NE 68104
Nebraska Children's Home Society