Bilingual Family Support Worker – Healthy Families Program

*Signing Bonus Offered

LOCATIONPaterson, NJ (temporarily remote due to COVID-19)

CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time/Non-Exempt 37.5 hours per week

PRIMARY FUNCTION:  The Bilingual Family Support Worker (FSW) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a regular and long-term relationship with the families enrolled in the Healthy Families/TANF Initiative for Parents Passaic Program.  The FSW conducts home visitation services from pregnancy through the child’s third year.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Outreach families referred through Central Intake or a Service Provider.
  • Use a standardized screening tool to determine eligibility for home visitation services
  • Conduct family-centered and strength-based Home Visits based on the assigned enrolled family’s level of service; each home visit should last one hour;
  • Interview/conduct the Parent Survey with parents to identify strengths/risk factors to support the family throughout home visitation services.
  • Conduct weekly outreach efforts to engage hard to reach clients;
  • Document, in FamSys, weekly home visits, assessment tools, and required forms, in a timely manner;
  • Utilize Parents As Teachers curriculum to help improve parent child interaction;
  • Establish a trusting relationship;
  • Assist in strengthening the parent-child relationship;
  • Assist parents in improving their skills to optimize the home environment;
  • Assist in increasing the family support system and increase the family’s ability to problem solve and assume the role of advocating for themselves and their children;
  • Responsible for assisting the family in establishing goals and a plan for the accomplishment of those goals. The assessment of the normal growth and development of the target child;
  • Identify and refer to other supportive agencies, including healthcare appointments;
  • Assist with organizing and facilitating parent workshops;
  • Provide advocacy at appointments, as needed;
  • Monitor current health and developmental trends in order to better assist families;
  • Maintain own functioning vehicle in good working condition at all times;
  • Maintain manual and computerized client files in a confidential manner;
  • Handles other assignments as requested.

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:  Minimum of a High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Two years of experience working with children (0-3 years of age) and families.
  • Computer literacy required.
  • Bilingual Required (English – Spanish/Bengali/Arabic)
  • Knowledge of normal child growth/development and parent-child relationships.
  • Experience in working with community agencies, including implementing referral processes.
  • Ability to relate to families from a strength-based model even in an apparently chaotic family environment; ability to approach
    families from a family-centered service model.
  • Demonstrates motivation and ability to learn and practice basic supportive skills.
  • Flexible availability
  • Non-judgmental
  • Enjoys and functions appropriately with long-term, ongoing projects; doesn’t need immediate feedback or results for personal validation.
  • Ability to establish and maintain personal/programmatic boundaries, while providing supportive services.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to individuals who may not share basic commonality, including value system and behavior norms.
  • Believes in and is comfortable with advocating for nurturing, nonviolent discipline of children.
  • Experience in working with culturally diverse communities/families and the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Demonstrates strong writing, effective communication and organizational skills
  • Enters and maintains data entry of client information into database(s).
  • Open to reflective practice (i.e. has capacity for introspection, communicates awareness of self in relation to others, recognizes value of supervision, etc.)
  • Ability to travel throughout New Jersey to attend required core trainings, curricula training and ongoing trainings required by the model and/or agency.
  • Infant mental health endorsement level I or II preferred.

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