Family Resource Specialist

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Commensurate with education and experience

Published

10/11/2018

Start Date

10/29/2018

Address

Culver City
California
United States

Description

AGENCY OVERVIEW:

Westside Children’s Center (WCC) exists to give at-risk children and children living in poverty the foundation they need to increase their life choices and lead fulfilling lives. For over 25 years, WCC has been providing thousands of at-risk children and their families with critical, high-quality early education programs (including comprehensive Early Head Start services), family strengthening interventions, foster care and adoption services, mental health and a range of vital, integrated services, including educational assessments, disabilities screenings, nutrition, dental and vision screenings, and pediatric health consultations.



JOB SUMMARY:

WCC contracts with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to protect at- risk children and strengthen families. The Family Resource Specialist position provides high quality in-home, case management services and linkages for families. The Family Resource Specialist position works collaboratively with community partners, participates in coordination of family events, and conducts community outreach.



ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Provide in-home case management services to clients in the Prevention and Aftercare program


Provide support and client coverage in all Strengthening Families programs to include Family Preservation and RSS


Conduct initial intake with clients and complete intake documentation


Complete case management needs assessment to determine appropriate service plan


Complete development of service plan and ensure quarterly updates


Administer Ages and Stages Questionnaires, Protective Factors Surveys, and Adverse Childhood Experiences Screenings


Assist in coordinating mental health services


Locate appropriate referral resources within the community


As needed coordinate resources for children with special needs including assistance with the IEP and IFSP advocacy process


Provide clients with linkages to needed resources/services and follow up to ensure successful outcome of identified need


Collaborate with other professionals on the case, including DCFS, Probation, EHS and any mental health provider


Monitor, review, document and communicate clients’ progress, strengths, and needs in a


timely and accurate manner


Attend staff meetings, individual and group supervision, case reviews, and trainings


Facilitate parent groups as needed, including skills for parenting and domestic violence groups


Collaborate with key partner agencies for referrals, and parental support; ensure successful partnership and documentation of outcomes


Conduct community outreach to promote programs and services available at WCC and solicit referrals


Assist in coordinating Prevention and Aftercare community events and family activities


Assist in coordinating and supporting community forums with stakeholders to include monthly Community Collaborative Meetings and Connecting Parents Meetings (CPM)


Maintain confidentiality of clients and obtain and maintain on file legal releases of information when needed


Comply with all applicable federal, state and county regulations, policies and procedures


Evening and weekend hours are required


Staff must believe in and act in accordance with both the agency’s and the program’s mission statements


In accordance with our “team” philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.



QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION:

Bachelors’ Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Special Education or a related field


2 years working with Children and Families, or equivalent experience


Bilingual – English/Spanish required


Ability to work in a supportive team environment


Ability to work and communicate with a diverse group of families


Experience with community outreach, event organizing, working with families and children in a community setting preferred


Knowledge of child abuse/neglect prevention


Excellent written and oral communication skills


Home visitation and case management experience desired


Knowledge of community resources and experience with interagency collaboration preferred


Ability to work independently, flexible, strong organizational skills, and commitment to teamwork


Basic computer skills required – Word, Excel, Software applications


Passionate about learning and possesses curiosity about issues affecting children and families


All employees, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and families who are served by our agency.


Fingerprint background clearance (DOJ, FBI & Child Abuse Clearance Index), or approved exemption


Successful completion of pre-employment physical, PPD risk assessment, proof of immunizations for pertussis, measles and influenza


Class “C” driver’s license, proof of insurance, a safety record acceptable to CAA, and reliable transportation required



Westside Children’s Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants and seeks to hire qualified staff who reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.



Westside Children’s Center has achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). This means our programs, services, administration, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards. Visit www.COAnet.org to learn more about COA Accreditation.

Benefits

Full benefits package offered including employer contribution to: Health, Dental, Vision; 401k with employer match; Employee Assistance Program, Professional Development, sick leave, vacation, personal days for anniversary of employment and birthday.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent English/Spanish, reading and writing

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

hr@westsidechildrens.org

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