MCHC, an equal opportunity employer, is committed to ensuring children in Chester County start healthy, stay healthy, and succeed in school. MCHC is currently in need of applicants for the following position.
Parent Educator, Life Skills Program
Provide life skills, home visiting, parenting education (individual and group), support, and referrals for community resources to parents of at-risks families with children ages 0 – 18 years who are currently involved with the Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide Life Skills direct services based on the individual family’s need. Conduct one (1) face to face parent education session each week with each enrolled family for a minimum of 2-4 hours.
- Provide parenting and life skills education, using the Parents as Teachers® curriculum for children ages 0 to 5, during regular home visits.
- Complete an in-depth intake and family assessment of strengths and concerns for each child and family member. Complete goal plans with each enrolled family.
- Assess family needs and work with Family Center Director to develop and implement individualized family education and service plans.
- Assist the Family Center Director in implementing parent education and support groups.
- Provide transportation to families via MCHC vehicle or personal vehicle as needed.
- Complete all required documentation regarding home visits, group meetings, Family Center events, screening summaries, and other records required by the program, in a timely and comprehensive manner.
- Attend local and out-of-state training as required by the program or funding source.
- Protect the confidentiality of all information regarding current and past program participants as well as organizational operations.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
- Attends team events and organizational-wide staff meetings.
- Participates in educational and treatment team meetings or court hearings, as needed.
- Participates in organizational-wide training programs.
- Other duties may be assigned.
- Fully bilingual in both verbal and written Spanish and English
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Proven ability to develop trusting, supportive relationships with parents of young and adult children
- Experience working with at-risk teens, highly preferred
- Aptitude to successfully complete the Parents as Teachers®: Prenatal to 3 Years training (within 90 days of hire) and, within 6 months, complete the 3 Years to Kindergarten
- Highly developed organizational skills with proven history of successfully managing multiple priorities simultaneously; must be detailed oriented
- Track record of working as a productive and cooperative member of a team and a displayed willingness to accept supervision and make personal performance improvements as appropriate
- Intermediate computer skills (e.g. keyboarding, Microsoft Office, Windows, Internet Explorer) including ability to enter and track participant data in required software
- Capability to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends) and to occasionally travel overnight to attend training programs
- No criminal or child abuse history as determined by criminal history and child abuse screenings including, but not limited to, FBI clearance
Education and/or Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, social work, child/family development or related field.
- Experience with families involved in the child welfare system preferred
- Supervised experience working with parents of young children and/or youth preferred