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Family Support Specialist (part-time)

Children's Home & Aid

Job description

The Family Support Specialist The Family Support Specialist serves as the first point of contact for families in Tazewell and Woodford Counties, and is responsible for carrying out all funding source requirements to confirm participant eligibility, identify needs of children and families, coordinate, enroll and track participation in services to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families, and maximize the family’s well-being and the academic functioning of children.

Staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit proof of their vaccination status before their start date unless they have an agency approved medical or religious exemption. Staff with an exemption will need to provide proof of weekly testing. 

What you’ll do:

  • Recruit eligible families for enrollment in Children’s Home & Aid’s Early Head Start programs, including engaging in regular community engagement events to increase program visibility and participant access.
  • Complete and retain eligibility documentation and coordinate the placement of eligible children into appropriate program(s).
  • Track program attendance, and support families in overcoming barriers to participation.
  • Work closely with other Early Head Start program staff to link families with appropriate referrals and community supports.
  • Meet with families in their homes monthly, to provide support, resources, and continuous connection to the program.

Who you are:

  • You have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a closely related field.
  • You are comfortable with attending community engagements and on-site meetings, and have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and a reliable vehicle.
  • You have at least one year of experience working with families with children under the age of 5.
  • You are an enthusiastic and persuasive communicator, effectively building relationships in one-on-one settings as well as engaging larger audiences.
  • You enjoy working autonomously but also value working with a team to reach shared goals.
  • You are a natural collaborator, skilled at bringing partners and stakeholders together across departments and functions.
  • You value data and rely on it to drive meaningful change and improved outcomes.

The details:

  • Location: Work is completed at home-based and other community-based locations in Tazewell and Woodford Counties, with the need to work from the Bloomington office 2-3 times per week for team meetings and other program needs. Some opportunities for flexible/remote work options.
  • Schedule: Part-time; 20 hours/week, general business hours, flexible schedule
  • Salary: Range starts at $16.00/hr; offers are commensurate with experience and bilingual candidates may receive additional financial compensation.
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