Open Arms is hiring two full-time, temporary, Family Connector positions that will serve the African American/Black and Latinx communities. The Family Connector positions are the first of its kind at Open Arms and made possible by a pilot-program funded by Best Starts for Kids’ (BSK) Help Me Grow program. The Family Connector positions are fully funded by this BSK pilot program until December 2021. Funding renewal for the positions will be dependent on the Best Starts for Kids levy renewal and through a funding renewal process.
The Family Connectors will focus on serving the African American/Black and Latinx communities by providing Open Arms’ families and community referrals with connection to culturally relevant resources such as housing and other basic needs, rental and utility assistance, health and medical resources, food resources, transportation, and system navigation. To align with Open Arms’ community-based service model, priority consideration will be given to candidates who are of and from the two focus communities and who can provide culturally responsive care by bridging language and culture. Fluency in Spanish is required for the Latinx focused position.
The Family Connectors will join the Family Support Services team and report directly to the Family Support Services Director and work closely with a team of two Intake Coordinators and a program Administrator. Family Support Services is a new team at Open Arms that serves as a central hub for the intake and referral process, for supporting clients with resources and referrals, and for maintaining and strengthening community-resource partnerships. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of building a new team and setting up a first-time program at Open Arms. The ideal candidate must be very adaptable and comfortable with adjusting to change and new systems, have excellent communication skills cross-culturally, be familiar with community organizations and resources available for serving the African-American/Black and Latinx communities, and must be extremely people oriented and collaborative. Work schedule flexibility is an option with occasional night and weekend activities required.
Open Arms deeply appreciates the skill and experience that birthworkers bring to our world. Based on the demands and requirements of this particular position, if the applicant is interested in taking on any births for Open Arms clients, full-time staff are asked to devote the first 90 days to training and focusing on adjusting to their new position. After the 90-day period, with approval from their direct supervisor, the staff member can take a maximum of 1-2 births per quarter depending on the timing of other work projects and adequate team coverage. Being an active or current doula is not a requirement of the position.
Note about COVID-19 work environment: Since March 2020, Open Arms quickly adjusted to a remote-work model for all office support staff and an adapted visit model for home-visiting doulas. We anticipate keeping a remote-work schedule until further notice and the leadership team is carefully evaluating options for a safe reopening with input from staff and doulas. Meetings are all conducted virtually and some of the responsibilities outlined below will be put on hold or modified while we continue working remotely. Other activities may be conducted with limited in-person contact and with a strict COVID-19 protocol in place. Open Arms will provide you with the technology and protective equipment you need to be able to work comfortably and safely. We have also encouraged staff to flex their schedules to accommodate for children being at home and we support adjustments that parents need to make to juggle this complicated time. Feel free to discuss any concerns you have during the interview process.
Mental and Physical Requirements
The physical/mental demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position continuously requires interpersonal skills, teamwork, customer service, use of discretion, performing basic math, independent judgment and/or independent action, and reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English. Frequently requires decision-making and problem analysis to make recommendations for improvement and/or be involved in discussions around changes. The position occasionally requires creativity. Attention to detail also required.
This position continuously requires sitting, hearing (using assistive devices if needed), and repetitive motion of the hands/wrists. Open Arms is housed in a wheelchair accessible, scented building, with wheelchair accessible bathrooms. Access to reliable transportation will be required for work-related travel. Daily working conditions include an open-office work environment at our Seattle location on Beacon Hill, normal office work, and frequent driving and travel to our storage site in South Seattle and other locations as needed. Some tasks require the ability to lift items heavier than 10lbs. Employment is not dependent on the applicants’ ability to lift items.
Open Arms is hiring two full-time, temporary, Family Connector positions that will serve the African American/Black and Latinx communities. The Family Connector positions are the first of its kind at Open Arms and made…
Benefits: paid health, dental, vision, and disability insurance; generous paid time off starting at a total of 43 days per year for full-time equivalent employees (12 vacation days per year to start for full-time employees with anniversary increases; 12 days for sick and safe time; 17 paid holidays; 2 floating holidays); employee assistance program; mileage reimbursement; monthly additional stipend that covers cell phone use, self-care, and work-from-home set up; and professional development opportunities. Option to contribute to a 401k, flexible spending and dependent care expenses account, and supplemental insurance.
Professional Development: Open Arms is committed to the professional development of our staff. Each year we allocate professional development funds for each employee as well as support various group- training opportunities provided by Open Arms or by outside organizations. We know that historically BIPOC individuals do not have the same opportunities in society and as a result, these communities are underrepresented in leadership positions. We aim to support employees in their advancement both within Open Arms and beyond our organization.
Flexible and family-friendly environment: Because of our mission and the services we provide, Open Arms is proud and committed to being a family-friendly workplace. We offer flexible work schedules with remote work being part of the usual weekly schedule for almost all staff as it fits with their job duties. We also offer generous PTO for self and family care. Children of any age are welcome in our office, and many staff bring their children to work on a regular or as-needed basis. We have an onsite lactation lounge and encourage chestfeeding in the workplace. Note: Children are not allowed at home visits
Supportive and inclusive workplace culture: We have an informal workplace culture, and staff develop strong, supportive connections with each other. We have a highly collaborative culture and open office work environment. We are proud of our extremely diverse staff in all demographic areas, which creates a very rich and inclusionary organizational culture. More than 80% of our staff identify as people of color.
Commitment to equity: Open Arms strives to be an affirming, positive, diverse work environment. Open Arms provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. We strongly encourage applications from communities of color and other historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Benefits: paid health, dental, vision, and disability insurance; generous paid time off starting at a total of 43 days per year for full-time equivalent employees (12 vacation days…
Fluency in Spanish is required for the position serving the Latinx community.
Fluency in Spanish is required for the position serving the Latinx community.
Send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/5/2021. In the subject line please include “Family Connector” and the focus community for which you are applying. No phone calls or paper submissions please.
Send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com by 3/5/2021. In the subject line please include “Family Connector” and the focus community for which you are applying. No phone calls…