We are seeking a Lead Parent Educator for our Elgin, IL. office. Must have a Master's Degree and experience with home visiting programs such as Parents as Teachers (PAT), early head start, Health Families America, Baby Talk, etc.
About us:At ChildServ, we put kids and their families first.
ChildServ is a child and family services organization, providing community-based programs to underserved children and families in the Illinois counties of Cook, Lake and DuPage. Our services range from family support groups to group homes for youth in Lisle, Naperville and Downers Grove. ChildServ serves children and families in our community through a comprehensive, tailored service program that truly helps children build, achieve and sustain better lives.
Job Summary: Provide training, support, and supervision for program staff. The Lead Parent Educator is also responsible for providing home-based education and training information to program participants, including pregnant and parenting adults and children aged 3 years and younger. This position carries a caseload of 10 families.
Essential Functions: Supervise, support, and provide backup to assigned community based program staff in their work with at risk families, , DFSS, DCFS, and other collateral agencies and individuals; Participate in department supervisory team and individual supervision; Accept and process referrals of new families into the program; Administer budget of programs, in consultation with Director; Prepare internal and external reports; maintain appropriate service statistics ad records; Represent agency in the community, and recommend program enhancements; Develop community resources to assist in meeting needs of those served by program; 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; Complete initial assessments on parents and children; Participate in monthly activities offered for families. Encourage and motivate parents to attend 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; Work cooperatively and supportively with other staff; Maintain job-specific/core competencies; Other duties as assigned to achieve the mission of the Department and the Agency.
Qualifications: Master’s degree in Education, Early Childhood, Social Work or similar field from accredited college or university, experience in social services, and experience with a home visiting program such as Parents as Teachers (PAT), Baby Talk, Healthy Families America, Early Head Start, etc. Ability to coordinate work procedures, assign duties, and provide written and verbal instructions. 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: Full-time with benefits (Paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401k, 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.