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Part-Time Warmline Family Resource Specialist

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The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network seeks parents with a strong commitment to the involvement of empowered and educated parents in improving outcomes for NJ children. SPAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower families and inform and involve professionals and others interested in the healthy development and education of children and youth. SPAN is funded through private contributions and grants from government, foundations, and corporations. 

SPAN seeks part-time Family Resource Specialists (FRSs) to work with project directors, partners, districts and schools, SCHS CMUs, health providers, SPAN staff, and family volunteers to provide high-quality, culturally competent services leading to positive outcomes for CSN and their families and positive relationships with professionals. FRSs will be housed in a county office serving CSN and their families.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct outreach and provide training and support to families of CSN who represent the full diversity of families in NJ, and professionals who work with families of CSN.
  • Provide information, technical assistance, and parent-to-parent support to families of CSN and professionals.
  • Assist families of CSN to navigate multiple systems including early intervention, education, health insurance (including managed care), health care, child behavioral health, developmental disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, child care, juvenile justice, child welfare, and community-based service systems.
  • Provide information to families about available services, resources, and supports within the context of health and education core outcomes for children with special needs (family engagement, early and continuous screening/child find and evaluation, medical home that coordinates with other services including schools, community-based services that are easy to use including child care, and after-school care, adequate healthcare financing, and transition to adult systems of care and adult life). 
  • Enhance family self-advocacy capacity across multiple systems, and encourage youth engagement and self-advocacy.
  • Participate as a parent voice in health and education quality improvement efforts. Assist professionals to provide more family-centered, culturally competent, and coordinated care.
  • Present at and attend professional meetings relating to project goals and SPAN’s mission.
  • Collect and analyze evaluation information; prepare reports as needed in collaboration with supervisor.
  • Maintain records and information that support project under the direction of supervisor.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications

Must be a parent of a child five years old or older with a disability or special health care need (child with special needs, CSN). Preference is given to a parent of a child who has gone through Early Intervention and transitioned to Preschool and school-age services, as well as candidates who have completed the SPAN Resource Parent Training series. Encouraging candidates with one or more of the following to apply: Multi-lingual, significant experience in the southern region of the state, and interest or involvement in New Jersey's Child Welfare and/or Juvenile Justice systems. Required: Availability to participate on the occasional Saturday morning staff rotation. Demonstrate relevant training and experience with the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Outstanding planning, communication & organizational skills;
  • Excellent outreach, family engagement and empowerment, and community collaboration skills;
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population of families, children and youth, and professionals;
  • Facility with written and verbal communication, strong Spanish or other second language skills a plus;
  • Knowledge of local community and resources;
  • Ability to navigate SPAN's internet based contact management and communication systems;
  • Basic computer skills in use of Microsoft "WORD" and e-mail communications;
  • Ability to work flexible hours and reliable transportation resources.


The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network seeks parents with a strong commitment to the involvement of empowered and educated parents in improving outcomes for NJ children. SPAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Newark, NJ
Associated Location
Newark, NJ, USA

How to Apply

For immediate consideration for any position, please forward the following documents to hr@spanadvocacy.org. Please include the job title in your subject line.

  1. A letter of interest describing qualifications and accomplishments.
  2. A current résumé.
  3. A list of three professional references: Name, Organization, and Contact Information.

For immediate consideration for any position, please forward the following documents to hr@spanadvocacy.org. Please include the job title in your subject line.

  1. A letter of…

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