Position Location is Milford, Connecticut
About the Organization
ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. Our Core Values Statement: We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do.~
The Community Coordinator will work with the New Haven and Milford Safe Babies Court Teams to support local activities. The Community Coordinator facilitates coordination and collaboration among community stakeholders on the New Haven and Milford Teams, serves as a bridge builder across the many disciplines involved with infants and toddlers in foster care, schedules Team meetings, and conducts follow-up activities related to Team goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Works with ZERO TO THREE and the Department of Children and Families to implement recommendations of the New Haven and Milford Teams.
- Assesses communities’ needs for training/technical assistance to meet goals of each Team.
- Coordinates with community agencies to arrange local training and technical assistance activities.
- Develops policies and procedures with the Teams to increase coordination and collaboration among participating agencies.
- Distributes/disseminates materials developed by project.
- Implements local evaluation plan – collects and reports data to Project.
- Coordinates and communicates with Community Coordinators in other Court Team communities.
- Contributes to reports as requested.
- Participates in regular project conference calls.
Skills & Experience
- Knowledge of local community early childhood services including: early care and education, health, mental health, child welfare, early intervention.
- Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary group.
- Respect for people of all cultures, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Ability to mediate differences of opinion objectively.
- Knowledge of issues related to child abuse and neglect.
- Knowledge of juvenile and family court functioning.
- Background in infant/early childhood development, young children's mental health, or related field.
- Experience with systems change and community collaboration.
- Ability to work effectively across agencies and disciplines.
- Minimum 5 years relevant work experience.
- Knowledge of infant/toddler social-emotional development and impact of abuse and neglect.
- Experience working with juvenile and family court judges.
- Spanish fluency.
- Encourages and practices critical thinking.
- Is self-reflective and empathic.
- Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results.
- Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others.
- Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior.
- Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
Minimum undergraduate degree in child development, social work, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. The employee may also need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, communicate verbally and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may be required to walk, grasp objects, push or pull objects, lift objects up to 30 pounds, bend, squat, reach, stand, and/or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for expansive reading.
The work conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. Depending on work location, the incumbent will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels or be subject to working conditions conducive to a home office. When travel is expected, the incumbent will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times.
ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities
Minimum Education Required