- Ability to display excellent communication skills by articulating ideas and opinions in a clear, concise and persuasive manner to families, children and staff. The Home visitor is positive, open to receive and provide constructive feedback.
- Ability to demonstrate adaptability by embracing change as an opportunity for improvement, not as a barrier. The Home visitor is flexible, open to new working methods and is taking continuous initiatives
- Ability to take ownership of assigned and self-identified job responsibilities with minimal oversight showing clear motivation. Takes the initiative to identify and address opportunities for professional development.
- Ability to maintain positive, compassionate and respectful working relationships with families and employees from a diverse cultural background.
- Opportunity to demonstrate accountability by taking on and meeting commitments even when faced with obstacles and challenges. The individual is reliable, meeting both individual and agency goals on time.
- Ability to display respect by communicating with the staff, families and the community with openness, honesty and sensitivity.
- Ability to display passion for the community served, the mission and values of EACS. The individual will work with heart and dedication to support the families, allowing children to grow and reach their highest potential.
- Proactively seek new opportunities to learn, develop new skill-sets in response to a changing environment.
- Committed to learning new things and becoming knowledgeable in the field to meet the needs of the family and the children.
SKILLS, COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE
- At least 18 Years of age
- Must have an ECE Initial Certificate or Child Development Associate (CDA) credential; or sign a condition of employment acknowledging that a CDA credential must be obtained within one (1) year of employment.
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Minimum 1 year of professional experience working with children and families.
- Knowledge of child development and appreciation of the family’s social, economic and cultural background.
- Basic computer proficiency.
- Fluent in Somali (Writing and Speaking).
- Valid driving license.
- Plan and implement home-based educational and support services to a defined group of families (parents, children). Utilizes each family’s home as a learning environment.
- Establish positive and productive relationships with families focusing on building trust and rapport. Stimulates family interest and encourages parents to take an active role in planning, implementing, and evaluating their child development goals.
- Provides opportunities for parents to increase their child observation skills and to share assessments with staff to help plan the intellectual and social development of their children.
- Create a warm and productive environment at home to create a strong social and emotional foundation between the parents and child. Identify ways for parents to play and work more effectively with their children.
- Participate in the recruitment of families by conducting outreach with a focus on underserved isolated communities.
- Participate in local seminars and meetings in order to maintain awareness of community services.
- Complete required program documentation and record keeping in a timely manner.
- Encourage parent involvement in group-community meetings discussing their child’s development and education.
- Ensures that each child’s medical needs are being met by partnering with parents. Share pertinent information with Family Navigator to address needs of children and families.