Family Specialist
Innovative Network of Knowledge (INK)

Fredericksburg, Texas

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info

It's a great feeling to work for a company that does so much good for others around the world!

Excited to grow your career?

Our company is surrounded by opportunity thanks to the great job you do for our customers! If you are ready for a new challenge and you think an open position is the right one for you, we encourage you to apply!

Minimum Qualifications: Certificate or credential in social work, human services, family services, counseling, home-based CDA credential or related field. Experience working with diverse families in low income communities. Background in evidence-based strategies to strengthen outcomes for children and families. Valid driver's license and work eligibility status. Pass a criminal and driving background check.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in social work, Bi-lingual (Spanish), three (3) years of case management experience.

Critical Action Items:

  • Determine, verify, and document eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance (ERSEA) of program participants in accordance with agency and federal policy, protocols, and regulations.
  • Participate in recruitment efforts designed to actively inform families with eligible children in the service area-specifically children with disabilities and other vulnerable or disproportionately impacted children-of available Head Start services and assist them with the application process.
  • Comply with established selection criteria and ensure program compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Ensure the assigned program maintains its funded enrollment level, including filling slots within 30 days of vacancy.
  • Monitor and address attendance for each assigned child, to include direct contact with parents and intensive case management.
  • Collaborate with families in the families' preferred language (or through an interpreter) to engage them in a family partnership process that identifies needs, interests, strengths, goals, and services and resources that support family well-being, including family safety, health, and economic stability.
  • Meet with families to establish Family Service Plans (FSP) and review individual progress, evaluate/revise goals, and provide resource referrals based on the urgency and intensity of identified needs and goals.
  • Coordinate new and existing community referrals to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort or services.

Other Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate with teachers, families, and other resource support to share information and ensure coordinated parent family and community engagement (PFCE) strategies for children and families at home, and in the community.
  • Identify and promote opportunities for parents to participate in parenting and professional skills development, including opportunities to participate in the Head Start program as volunteers or employees.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of family and community engagement activities and special events.
  • Support development of community and self-assessments, grant applications, budgets, and required reports in accordance with Innovation Network of Knowledged (INK) and Office of Head Start timelines and criteria for composition.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.

Measurable Deliverables:
  • Complete initial training on eligibility determinations within 90 days hire and subsequent professional development training as indicated by program management.
  • Program enrollment is 100% and complies with eligibility criteria and in accordance with agency, state, and federal standards.
  • An established meeting and home-based visit schedule of sufficient and consistent frequency ensures a partnership between program staff and families in a timely and effective manner. Child records are complete, current, and organized, including documentation of case notes within 24 hours of meeting/home visit.
  • Required reports are prepared and submitted prior to deadlines.

  • Knowledge of applicable state and federal Head Start regulations, performance standards and guidelines.
  • Strong written communication skills to document child files with reports and case notes.
  • Strong oral communication skills to communicate with a family in their preferred language (or through an interpreter) to develop relationships with parents and structure services that encourage trust and respectful, ongoing two-way communication.
  • Ability to incorporate the unique cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds of families in the program and community.
  • Sound judgment in the protection of confidential information.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize duties and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • Ability to work independently.

Here at Innovative Network of Knowledge (INK), we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. Please feel free to apply for this position even if your work experience and education do not align perfectly with every requirement for this job description. You may very well be the perfect candidate for this role or other ones that we have open. Thank you for your interest in joining our mission!

INK is committed to following immunization recommendations produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As such, our company policy requires that all employees must receive an annual Influenza vaccination or obtain an approved exemption as a medical or religious accommodation. This is a condition of employment, and all new hires will be responsible for providing proof.

INK is an Equal Employment Opportunity ("EEO") Employer. It has been and will continue to be a fundamental policy of INK, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, disability, medical condition, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state and/or local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, training, working conditions, transfer, job assignments, benefits, layoff, and termination.

All employees interested in job openings across the company must first contact their direct supervisor before applying to an internal job.

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