The Social Worker - Resource Specialist facilitates access to wellness resources for early childhood educators to provide them with supports that will enhance their ability to provide developmentally appropriate care and education to young children in group care and early education settings. This role requires the use of a strengths-based approach to connecting with people, initiative, and accountability. Working with the Equity Initiatives department, this role invites innovation and creative thinking in developing strategies that benefit a long-term partnership between mental health, wellness, and social service providers and the early childhood education workforce.
- Research and do outreach to regionally specific mental health, wellness, and social services that would enhance the ability to provide developmentally appropriate care and education to young children in group care and early education settings
- Facilitate working agreements with new partner organizations and service providers to support continued service delivery and payment
- Create print and digital materials describing resources and service providers, including how an educator would contact them and step-by-step instructions to follow once contact has been made
- Collaborate with program staff and communications staff to create a marketing/enrollment strategy and process for early childhood educators
- Serve as point-of-contact for early childhood educators seeking support in accessing resources
- Be available to provide immediate crisis support in cases where it is needed/appropriate
- Manage data logs to document resource requests and services delivered
- Work with financial administration to ensure payment of all service providers and track total amounts spent on various services for accountability, budgeting, and future fundraising
- Manage a caseload of early childhood centers, programs or schools who would receive premier access to services
- Serve as liaison between center director and service providers to assist with scheduling and logistics
- Maintain confidentiality of information regarding children, families, as well as early childhood staff and centers (in accordance with HIPAA and/or State/Federal regulations)
In all contexts of the role, the Social Worker – Resource Specialist must demonstrate integrity and professionalism in all contact with clients and partners and conduct business in a manner consistent with the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and First Up’s Mission and Core Values.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Requirements
Education and experience
- Formal education in social work preferred
- Specialized training and experiences in mental health and trauma preferred
- Related degrees and working or life experiences in childhood development, trauma informed care, and mental health preferred
- Connecting vulnerable individuals to needed services
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Effective organizational, communication, and time management skills
- Proficient computer skills, including word processing, PowerPoint, databases, Zoom/virtual conferencing, and internet use.
- Ability to work independently with little supervision and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Required Clearances, Credentials, Licenses.
- Complete/renew mandated reporter certificate
Work is to be done remotely and, while indirect work hours can be highly flexible, the person in this role must be available to respond to emails and phone calls during traditional business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. The person in this role must have access to a computer with reliable internet and a phone with reliable service.