Arizona's Children Association
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Parent Educators provide a comprehensive home visitation program implementing the Parents as Teachers evidence-based model for expecting parents and families with children 0-5. This strengths-based program uses parent coaching to provide developmental screenings, goal setting, home visitation, Group Connections and training sessions and provides a network for community resources, referrals and services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Serves the number of families determined by program guidelines including successful completion of face-to-face visits and group meetings.
* Accepts referrals and initiates contact with families to schedule an initial home visit within agency guidelines.
* Conducts home visits at times that are convenient for the family which may include evenings and weekends.
* Provides parent education through bi-weekly personal visits implementing the Born to Learn Prenatal to Three Curriculum demonstrating fidelity to the model.
* Provides case management at a level of intensity that meets the specific needs of each family.
* Provides parenting/life skills guidance that meets the needs of each family.
* Collects child health and developmental information; determines other screenings which may be required.
* In partnership with families, conducts, developmental, hearing, and vision screenings. Supports families in seeking appropriate resources based on the results of screenings when needed.
* Assesses family strengths and resources, including informal support systems.
* Establishes and implements a Service Plan with measureable and achievable benchmarks for child and family goals and outcomes.
* Facilitates referrals to community resources/services.
* Maintains accurate case records in accordance with agency and program policies, procedures, and requirements.
* Plans and provides for Group Connections for families at least once a month..
* Collaborates with community agencies/service providers and community partners to promote timely and seamless services to children and families.
* Maintains an effective and professional working relationship with families, partners, and referral sources.
* Ensures fidelity to First Things First Standards of Practice, as well as National PAT model implementation standards.
* Participates in program development activities, including community outreach and recruitment.
* Uses Reflective Supervision effectively, accepts feedback and share experiences working with families.
* Attends and participates in all required staff meetings.
* Participates in PAT Self-Assessment and Program Evaluation processes; FTF monitoring activities and contributes to the development and implementation of improvement plans.
* Must be able to safely and effectively monitor consumer activities, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
* Performs additional duties as assigned which are consistent with the general responsibilities of the position.
?Knowledge of normal child development.
?Knowledge of and ability to apply child management techniques, basic parenting skills and time management skills.
?Demonstrates ability to plan, organize, and implement educational programs.
?Must be able to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment and be sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
?Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
?Must have ability to maintain confidentiality; and consistently exercise discretion and judgment.
?Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
?Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies, Early Childhood or related field of study from an accredited college or university. Minimum 1 year experience working in an environment with children.
?Successfully complete of the Born to Learn Prenatal to Three Institute and certification as a parent educator.
?Maintain current certification as a parent educator, by completing the required professional development hours for years of service.
?Possess a valid Arizona driver’s license and be insurable under the agency’s automobile policy.
?Must be computer literate with knowledge of Outlook and Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Word, Excel).
?Must be able to provide DPS fingerprint clearance.
?Must be able to meet training and agency compliance requirements for the position.
?An individual may qualify for this position if the individual is able to "perform safely" the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. Perform safely means to perform without causing a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others that cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodations, as defined by 42 U.S.C. #1211 (b) and the Commission’s regulations found at 29 C.F.R #1630.2 (r).