FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
- This position is classified as salaried non-exempt in accordance to FLSA standards.
Summary of Position
Turning Points is one of the largest social service agencies in Philadelphia, supporting the needs of more than 10,000 men, women and children throughout the city. We offer programs that help families in raising safe, healthy, educated, and strong children by partnering with caregivers to develop and strengthen protective qualities and by offering them the tools, skills, and resources needed to ensure their children's optimal development. Turning Points Department of Parenting Support Services (PSS) has an extensive history and successful track record of helping families build stronger relationships with their children, co-parent, and utilize nurturing parenting skills. Our goal is to implement a system of supports which include parenting education workshops, case management, as well as leadership and advocacy opportunities for families receiving Turning Points services (via other programs) and those who live in Philadelphia and want/need our support.
The Family Engagement Specialist (FES) is responsible for supporting the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidenced-based parenting education programs and services. The FES will have a leadership role in building the Family Engagement Strategy for the department, implementing evidenced-based parenting programs in partnership with key organizational partners, and expanding our efforts to support and engage male caregivers.
Specific Job Responsibilities
Under the direction of F.A.M Director, the Family Engagement Specialist will:
- Lead the implementation of the Triple P Program and help bolster the Family Engagement Strategy within The Bridge (a PHMC and Turning Points affiliate) as a part of a five-year initiative funded by SAMSHA to provide intensive outpatient services to youth (12-24) and their families. Help to strengthen partnerships and initiatives designed to expand parenting education programs and improve family health and well-being at Turning Points for Children. Engage in teaming meetings within TPC CUAs to ensure clients enroll in F.A.M programs and services. Work directly with the Foster Care department to train and support staff to leverage evidence-based practices and host support group for Resource Parents. Work with the Program Director to develop Father Engagement Initiatives within the agency and with external partners.
- Serve as a facilitator of evidenced-based parenting programs within the department (training will be provided).
- Attend and engage in planning, implementation and evaluation meetings. Collect, document, and write program reports that document success, growth opportunities, and lessons learned. Reports will be shared with funders, Turning Points Leadership Team and key program partners including evaluation and clinical team(s).
- Work with the Director to ensure program materials, supplies, staff travel and program expenses are in compliance with budget guidelines.
- Engage in weekly supervisory meetings with Program Director; support planning and attend staff meetings, team retreats, and organizational events.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Understanding of child, adolescent, adult, and family functioning.
- Knowledge of evidenced based parenting programs.
- Demonstrates the capacity to develop, supportive and be empathic in relationships.
- Knowledge of and ability to identify environmental factors that impact families.
- Knowledge of and collaboration with social service providers and community resources.
- Cultural competency; ability to empower and involve others; problem-solving and conflict management skills; and developing community resources and cooperative working relationships with others.
- Strong belief in the value of being father inclusive and valuing fathers as assets to their children.
- Promotes the belief in the use of non-corporal means of discipline for the children.
- Meticulous organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Experience with MS Office.
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
- Experience facilitating workshops for various audiences
- Knowledge of human development with a focus on children and adolescents, child development, assessment, and clinical skills
- Knowledge and experience working with people who have Substance Use Disorder
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Proficiency in using a personal computer, including Word, Outlook, and the Internet.
- Current Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Criminal History Check, and FBI Clearance.