Job Title: Family and Community Engagement Coordinator
Job Classification (Exempt or Non-exempt): Exempt
Reports To: Post Adoption and Guardianship Coordinator
Job Summary: Responsible for developing and maintaining a family engagement system and activities that create strong supports for adoptive and guardianship families. Impact and improve support as well as parental and guardian engagement for those families eligible for services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Coordination of Post Adoption and Guardianship family and community engagement activities statewide.
a. Recruit peer advocates through the state to represent adoptive and guardianship families and children.
b. Coordinate with the Training and Education Coordinator to develop, provide training and respond to the needs of parent advocates across the state.
c. Coordinate with the Training and Education Coordinator to develop, provide training and respond to the needs of youth advocates across the state.
d. Coordinate with the Post Adoption and Guardianship Coordinator to develop goals to increase recruitment efforts of peer advocates across the state.
e. Oversee all aspects of the peer advocate work with families and ensure timelines are met and compliance with the program guidelines.
f. Documentation as needed for purposes of data collection and reporting.
g. Assist in coordinating family events.
h. Contribute articles and ideas to the Post Adoption and Guardianship Newsletter.
i. Develop strong formal relationships with community mentoring programs and act as a liaison to enroll families in those programs as needed.
j. Develop strong formal community relationships to build capacity for families and children.
k. Serve as a support resource for strategies and engaging Post Adoption and Guardianship families.
l. Adheres to confidentiality requirements and ensures maintenance of confidentiality of program records and communications;
m. Participates in Continuous Quality Improvement efforts.
n. Maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the community and participate in community groups, committees, task forces, etc.
o. Represents NCHS at local, statewide and national meetings and events as requested.
Supplemental Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Participation in NCHS activities as required;
2. Commitment to NCHS mission, vision and values and strategic goals;
3. Commitment to NCHS CQI initiatives;
4. Maintain a positive and cooperative relationship with all internal and external professionals;
5. Participation in agency committees as assigned;
6. Completion of at least 12 hours of ongoing education each year specifically related to the position;
7. Ongoing compliance with all contract and grant position requirements;
8. Positive representation of NCHS in all community settings;
9. Adherence to confidentiality policies;
10. Demonstration of respect, appreciation, and sensitivity for diversity;
11. Other duties as assigned by the Post Adoption and Guardianship Coordinator.
Qualifications and Requirements:
1. Minimum experience and education: Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field required; 2 years of experience working with children and families in the child welfare field, with at least 1 year of experience in issues pertaining to adoption required;
2. Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
a. Knowledge of needs and services related to families formed through adoption and guardianship;
b. Experience with public relations, outreach and social service preferred;
c. Experience with developing, implementing, and supporting peer mentoring models preferred;
d. Commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems;
e. Belief in a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a child and that people have the capacity to grow and change;
f. Ability to develop respectful relationships with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence;
g. Ability to work collaboratively with coworkers and other professionals;
h. Ability to maintain a helping role, intervene appropriately to meet service goals, and set appropriate limits;
i. Ability to make independent decisions and act accordingly;
j. Ability to work autonomously and make appropriate decisions;
k. Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
l. Possesses driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance.
m. Successfully complete a defensive driving course sanctioned by the National Safety Council;
n. Ability to interact with families and staff with sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural and socioeconomic characteristics in the service population;
o. Ability to read, analyze and interpret forms, documents, evaluations and procedure manuals;
p. Ability to respond to inquiries and possible complaints from families and other providers;
q. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions;
r. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instruction;
s. Demonstration of respect, appreciation, and sensitivity for diversity;
t. Other duties as assigned by Post Adoption and Guardianship Coordinator
3. Physical demands:
a. Regularly required to speak and hear, walk, climb, sit, use hands and fingers to operate, handle or feel objects and equipment;
b. Ability to lift at least 20 pounds;
c. Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
4. Schedule demands (travel, adjustments to accommodate clients, weekends/evenings, etc.):
a. Ability to adjust normal work schedule to accommodate the needs of families, including evening and weekend work;
5. Site factors (work location, environment, travel, etc.):
a. Location of this position is in Omaha or Lincoln, NE.
b. Office environment and/or virtually.
c. Local, statewide, and national travel could be required.
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.
Salary: $38,000 - $42,000/year
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 Christina Nemec at 402-451-0787 or at 4939 South 118th Street, Omaha, NE 68137
Nebraska Children's Home Society