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Home Visitor – Durham Early Head Start Home-Based Program

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Job Title:

Home Visitor, Durham Early Head Start Home-Based Program

Location:

Durham, NC

Position Type: 

Full-Time

JOB DESCRIPTION

Reports to: DEHS Home Based Coordinator 

 

Occupational Summary:

Provide in-home support and education to parents and children, both in English and Spanish, which will enhance the parent’s ability to serve as the child’s first and most important teacher. Plan and offer developmentally appropriate parent-child activities during weekly home visits and biweekly parent-child playgroups designed to promote parent- child interaction and to support the child’s healthy development in all areas (cognitive, motor, social, emotional, language, creativity, and health) and school readiness. Work as a team member with all Durham Early Head Start (DEHS) service area experts (health, nutrition, special services, and mental health) to assess, identify, and address child and family needs and to develop child educational and family goals. Educate families about the importance of preserving the child’s primary language and culture while expanding the child and family’s understanding and use of English language. Arrange for and provide a variety of educational experiences for parents and children to reduce isolation, integrate them into the larger community, expand social networks, and improve parenting skills.  

 

Work Performed:

General Staff Responsibilities:

  1. Participate in staff meetings, attend conferences, training/workshops, and meet education standards as required.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the Center for Child & Family Health (CCFH) policies and procedures, federal Early Head Start Performance Standards, DEHS policies and procedures, and the DEHS program mission.
  3. Maintain congenial and respectful relations with staff, children, families, and community.
  4. Keep current and accurate records.
  5. Maintain confidentiality with regard to staff and family information.
  6. Maintain professional standards and professional courtesy policies.
  7. Actively participate in professional development opportunities and ongoing self-improvement.
  8. Fulfill role as mandated reporter as stated in DEHS Child Abuse and Neglect Policy.
  9. Be present at work in order to provide consistency of services.
  10. Be a contributory team member in a positive and productive manner.
    1. Demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in job responsibilities due to changing program demands as requested by supervisor.
    2. Demonstrate commitment to DEHS mission, values, and policies and reliability in the performance of daily job duties.
    3. Commit to weekly reflective supervision as a cornerstone of program and staff development.

 

Major Duties/Functions/Responsibilities:

  1. Provide all mandated child development, family, health, nutrition, and mental health services during weekly 90-minute home visits with assigned caseload of children and expectant families.
  2. Coordinate and conduct at least 22 parent-child and peer playgroups per program year, in which parents are

active participants reinforcing parent’s roles as primary teachers for their children. Some of these playgroups

 

  1. Facilitate parent meetings in cooperation with other DEHS Service Area staff.
    1. Ensure that all home-based and playgroup activity planning and implementation is guided by an approved curriculum that offers a variety of stimulating, creative, and engaging learning experiences for parents and children.
    2. Assist parents in establishing and working towards goals for their children and family.
      1. Provide service coordination/case management, referral, and follow-up services to address child and family needs.
      2. Conduct screening and ongoing assessment of young children’s development, health, nutrition, and mental health within 45-, 60-, and 90-day timelines per DEHS procedures and supervisor instructions.
      3. Encourage active parental involvement in home visits, playgroups, and the DEHS program.
        1. Inform supervisor and request assistance whenever family is in crisis or circumstances indicate need for further evaluation or treatment for substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, or child abuse/neglect.
        2. Monitor children’s health status, including immunization status, medical follow-up, physical health, dental health, and nutrition and educate parents about importance of regular medical and dental care, dental hygiene, and good nutrition.
        3. Provide parent education on various topics routinely through home visits and playgroups using approved evidence-based curricula (e.g., Parents as Teachers, Partners for a Healthy Baby).
        4. Promote the involvement of fathers in all aspects of children’s education and program services.
        5. Participate in planning and facilitation of annual parent orientation events.
          1. Report all concerns, issues, and problems that arise in the course of carrying out job duties to supervisor and assist in the development of action plans to ensure that DEHS is in compliance with all federal EHS Performance Standards.
          2. Maintain healthy boundaries with families and children to empower families to become more self-sufficient, competent and confident.
          3. Record keeping and monitoring:
  • Document all activities in accordance with DEHS procedures and supervisor instructions.
  • Develop, review, and write comprehensive individual plan that reflects family and child’s strengths, needs, and goals.
  • Maintain up to date documentation in Child Plus and Teaching Strategies Gold databases and paper/hard copy child and family records, including: health, dental, nutrition, developmental and mental health screenings and assessments, parent education, pedestrian safety, playgroup observations, individual service records, data entry, child/family goals, contact logs, and all other required forms.
  • Provide timely family/child information updates and changes and submit in-kind documentation in accordance with DEHS procedures and supervisor instructions.
  • Maintain playgroup notebook that reflects all playgroup planning, activities, topics, speakers, handouts, and attendance.
  1. Be available to conduct home visits and playgroups at least one evening and/or on weekends as needed to meet family needs.
  2. Assist in program recruitment efforts to include working occasional weekends and evenings a community events designed to reach eligible families.

Required Qualifications at this Level Education/Training:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree (with experience) or Master’s Degree in Social Work, Child Development/Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, or related field
  • Either meet equivalency for or be prepared to complete requirements for a Home Visitor CDA by August 2018.

Experience:

  • One year experience working with children under age 3
  • Experience with Early Head Start or Head Start preferred

Skills:

  • Capacity to problem solve, handle crises, work independently and consistently, and follow written and verbal directions and procedures
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse, high-needs, low-income families and children
    • Working knowledge of computers, including database use (e.g., ChildPlus, Teaching Strategies Gold), word processing, spreadsheets, and email
    • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a team member in a fast-paced work environment
    • Spanish language skills (oral and written) preferred

Other Requirements:

  • Satisfactory reference check and criminal record check
  • Satisfactory physical health to perform duties and up-to-date on immunizations and TB test

Physical Requirements:

  • Primary responsibilities are performed in an office setting in a seated position
  • Frequent driving for community meetings sometimes in outlying areas
    • Ability to exert physical effort in light to moderate work including lifting and carrying of office supplies and other materials weighing up to 20 pounds may be encountered in performing essential functions.
    • Ability to perform duties in an active environment with changes in climate and noise level
    • Must have own vehicle for meetings and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurance coverage.

CCFH is committed to building a culturally diverse team. We strongly encourage women, bilingual (Spanish), and minority candidates to apply.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

This position is funded through a contract with Durham Early Head Start and the Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc. Annual renewal is based upon available funding.

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please send resume and letter of interest to Anna Pabon via email at anna.buckner@duke.edu (subject line: Early Head Start Home Visitor Position).

Letter of interest should be addressed to: Anna Pabon, Home Based Coordinator Center for Child & Family Health
1121 W Chapel Hill St. Suite 100 Durham, NC 27701

For additional information on the Center for Child & Family Health, please see www.ccfhnc.org

For additional information on Durham Early Head Start, please see http://chtop.org/Programs/Durham-ehs.html