Parent Aide Specialist

Easterseals Sierra Vista , AZ 85635

Posted 3 days ago

JOB SUMMARY:

This position provides parents/caregivers support to enhance the identified protective capacities through the following: teaching parenting skills, providing child development education, promoting positive parent-child relationships, providing a safe and positive parent/child visit environment, and transporting of clients.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct Services -

  • Gathers information from the referral source about current status of the child and family, such as the child's behavioral health diagnosis, services currently in place, concerns, possible barriers to family receiving the provided services, and the family's goals.

  • Establishes and maintains a confidential record for each child/family

  • Facilitates scheduling of visitation(s) between children and their parents, supervises and supports visitation sessions as directed by ACYF and documents observations of the visit.

  • Informs the child and family about program services, visitation schedules, duration of services, reporting requirements, and mandated reporter status. Uses effective communication skills to elicit information in a non-judgmental or leading format, thereby allowing family to tell their own story.

  • Informs the child and family of client rights and responsibilities, confidentiality, and limits of confidentiality.

  • Works with families in an empathic, professional and objective manner.

  • Provides transportation for children to/from scheduled visitation. When transporting young children, ensures that children are in age-appropriate car seats.

  • Encourages and models appropriate early childhood practices, parenting skills and behavior management/modification techniques.

  • Assesses, reports, and documents suspected abuse or neglect to Department of Child Safety and/or local law enforcement agency.

  • Attends and makes reports to juvenile court and/or to the Child and Family Team (CFT) during CFT meetings.

  • Uses independent judgment and discretion in setting daily priorities to complete tasks.

  • Demonstrates sensitivity to linguistic, cultural, social, economic, individual and role differences among persons and families served.

  • Ensures that paperwork is completed correctly and in a timely fashion.

  • Utilizes the CHILDS online database, entering data in an accurate and timely fashion in accordance with DCS requirements and deadlines.

Function as an enthusiastic, competent, contributing member of EBF staff.

  • Attend and participate in required staff meetings.

  • Promote and follow practices that support health and safety of staff.

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with program participants, staff, collaborating people, programs and state agencies.

  • Submit accurate and complete paperwork, including proof-reading for correct grammar, spelling, and format.

  • Use supervision effectively, accept feedback in a professional manner, and accept responsibility for job performance.

  • Maintain professional certification/licensure as required.

  • Attend required professional development opportunities and maintain knowledge of current research and effective approaches.

  • Communicate essential information with EBF team staff and team members accurately and in a timely manner.

  • Understand and maintain private and sensitive information within the confines of need-to-know parameters.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge Of:

  • An understanding of family systems;

  • An understanding of strength-based home visitation techniques;

  • An understanding of child and adolescent development and behavior;

  • A working knowledge of the impact of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child neglect, and substance abuse on families and children;

  • An ability to teach others using anticipatory guidance, modeling, coaching, reflection, and role-play; and

  • An ability to acknowledge, respect, and build upon the diversity of families with regard to such factors as race, ethnicity, family constellation, gender, socioeconomic status, values, and traditions.

Ability to:

  • Speak and write effectively.

  • Build strong partnerships with staff, consumers and community service agencies.

  • Prepare written reports.

  • Use resources efficiently and wisely.

  • Work flexible hours to meet program requirements; including evenings and weekends.

  • Communicate in English (and Spanish preferred).

  • Proficient in the use of laptop computer and corresponding programs (i.e. PDF; Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Calendar/Outlook).

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Family Studies, or a related field, and at least one year experience working with at-risk families with multiple risk factors, safety issues, and desired behavioral changes,

  • OR an Associate's degree in the above and at least two years' experience working with at-risk families with multiple risk factors, safety issues, and desired behavioral changes.

  • Understanding of family systems and child development.

OTHER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Qualified employees who are interested in applying must first notify their current Supervisor of their intent to apply for another job opening within EBF for informational purposes.

  • Qualified employees must have held their current position with EBF for a least six (6) consecutive months and, have a satisfactory performance record and have no disciplinary actions during the last twelve (12) consecutive months.

  • Must submit a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card on hire OR pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment and submit an active Fingerprint Clearance Card after hire.

  • Maintain a current valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and a driving record that meets EBF requirements.

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Parent Aide Specialist

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