Job Summary: Provide paraprofessional assistance to the EHS/Home Based program participants, including pregnant and parenting adults and children aged 3 years and younger. The Parent Educator is also responsible for providing resources and support through educational and family development activities.
Essential Functions: Participate in initial orientation and ongoing training; Conduct weekly home visits to families and provide services as outlined in the service plan; Build and encourage constructive relationships with the families to increase their knowledge of their children’s developmental needs and ability to advocate for their family; Serve as a positive role model for parents to help strengthen the parenting skills of adult caregivers in the families; Complete initial assessments on parents and children; May act as mentor for newly hired Parent Educator; Refer parents to community resources and provide follow-up to ensure needs were met; Complete all required documentation by established deadlines; Participate in monthly activities offered for families. Encourage and motivate parents to attend center-based socialization activities; Recruit new families through positive promotion of the agency and its programs; Maintain confidential family files that are accurate and current; Participate in scheduled group and individual supervision meetings, providing progress of families and concerns; Complete and submit accurate weekly itineraries; Work cooperatively and supportively with other staff; Actively participate in Continuous Quality Improvement initiatives and activities; Maintain job-specific/core competencies; Other duties as assigned to achieve the mission of the Department and the Agency.
Must have a minimum Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood, Child development, Elementary Education Social Work/Psychology
Parent Educator must be at least 21 years of age.
CDA certification preferred, but not required.
1-3 year experience required. Experience in a social service setting preferred.
Must be familiar with the ethnic background and sensitive to the cultures of families in target communities.
Must meet Agency and DCFS driver approval standards, and have vehicle that meets legal standards for insurance, maintenance and drivability.
Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word required.
Additional Salary Information: $16.82 per hour. Eligible for benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k, and Group Life Insurance).
Mission- Building a better life for children at risk.
Vision-We will be an innovative, nimble leader in providing high-quality, effective services to support children, youth and communities in meeting the ever-changing challenges of society.