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Family and Health Services Coordinator (CLOSED)

Department: Child Development
Reports To: Family and Health Services Manager - Preschool
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Status: Regular, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year
Location: Rainier Vista and Epstein Opportunity Center
Hiring Range: 21 ($22.42 to $24.87 per hour)
Closing Date: June 23, 2017 or when filled
 
Scope
Child Development Department staff support the Neighborhood House mission framework and Strategic Plan by contributing to the school readiness of low-income children and supporting their parents, care givers and community. The Neighborhood House Preschool program offers high-quality preschool education to low- income families, many of whom are recent immigrants and refugees. 
 
The primary responsibility of the Family and Health Services Coordinator is the provision and oversight of the preschool family, health, nutrition, and parent engagement services. The Family and Health Services Coordinator guides and supervises Family Advocates and Food Service Workers in their provision of high quality services.

Responsibilities
Parent, Family and Community Engagement
  • Work with staff in eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment of preschool children.
  • Support the development of positive and effective relationships with families.
  • Support successful implementation the Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework in the preschool program.
  • In collaboration with other program staff, plan and implement parent training and education events.
  • In cooperation with the Seattle Public Schools and Early Head Start Supervisors, facilitate transition of families and children from Early Head Start to Head Start and from Head Start to Kindergarten.
  • Take a leadership role in enhancing parent participation in Policy Council, Parent Center meetings, Parent Peer group meetings, orientation, trainings, and other program related events and gatherings.
  • Provide comprehensive family support and advocacy services to assigned families.
Health and Nutrition Services
  • Assist families by linking them to ongoing health care system.
  • Monitor to ensure all preschool children are growing and developing in a healthy manner.
  • Communicate regularly with parents about the importance of having medical and dental exams on recommended schedule.
  • Assist in arranging follow-up care for children with identified needs and provide info and referral sources for health, dental and nutrition.
  • Before the first day of class, review children’s enrollment file to ensure that children are up to date on their immunization, and that appropriate meeting and plan is in place for children with allergies and serious health conditions, including those needing rescue medications.
  • Follow up on health and nutrition related concerns identified by consultants and other staff members as needed.
  • Distribute supplies and monitor assigned sites to ensure they are adequately stocked and the environment is sanitary and safe.
  • Participate in regular ongoing monitoring activities at assigned site with the Family and Health Services Manager - Preschool. Collaborate with the Health and Family Services team to create systems for tracking and monitoring health data effectively.
  • In collaboration with Center-Based Supervisors and with the support of the Family and Health Services Manager - Preschool, coordinate and oversee health screening and follow up at assigned sites.
  • Work with program consultants as needed to assess health and nutrition services at the assigned site.
Leadership and Supervision
  • Provide supervision and ongoing support to Family Advocates and Food Service Workers at an assigned preschool site. Conduct Performance Evaluations and Professional Development Plans for each staff member supervised.
  • Conduct monitoring to ensure that health and family services records are collected and maintained in timely, complete and accurate manner.
  • Support Family Advocates in handling challenging situations and sensitive conversations with families as needed. Model a strengths-based approach to work with families and the community.
  • Oversee development of individualized family partnership goals and guide and support the Family Advocates in helping families to achieve these goals through appropriate education, advocacy and referrals.
  • Provide leadership, motivation and weekly coaching and reflection to Family Advocates and Food Service Workers.
  • Facilitate strong ongoing communication regarding health, nutrition and family services at the assigned site.
Program Planning and Implementation
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Attend all required meetings with preschool team and with agency partners.
  • Participate in staff training and other professional development activities.
  • Maintain program performance standards and meet all reporting requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications
  • BA/BS degree in social work, health, psychology, or other human services field. A combination of equivalent experience and training may be substituted for the education requirement with program approval.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate sensitively and comprehensively in family matters related to education, social service, family issues and health and nutrition.
  • Demonstrated ability to gather information and resources, to network and to make referrals.
  • Bilingual ability preferred (Somali or other East African language).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, other databases).
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to comply with the established agency performance standards which may include: productivity/personal responsibility, client/customer service-orientation, embracing a team player orientation, entrepreneurialism, and maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • Willingness to comply with Head Start/ECEAP Standards of Conduct by promoting the unique identity of each child and family; conforming with program confidentiality; following child supervision and guidance policies; and refraining from soliciting or accepting personal gratuities, favors, or anything of significant monetary value from contractors or potential contractors.
  • Current Health Exam (must be obtained prior to employment {PS 1304.52}).
  • Current screening for tuberculosis (must be obtained prior to employment); rescreen as necessary.
  • Current Blood Borne Pathogens Training within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Current Food Handlers Certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Current CPR & First Aid certificate within 30 days of employment (maintain current certificate during employment).
  • Child/Adult Protective Services Training (within 2 weeks of employment).
  • Department of Early Learning portable background check.
  • Must pass Neighborhood House Background Check Requirements.
Desired Qualifications
  • Current or former Head Start and Head Start parents receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified. 
Benefits
Click here for more details about our benefits program.

Employment Practice
Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality) and expression of gender identity or any other classification protected by law. Neighborhood House encourages and gives hiring preference to current and former Head Start parents and children. We encourage people of color and residents of the communities we serve to apply.
 
Application Procedure
Submit agency application PDF along with resume and cover letter. For your convenience, we offer several ways for you to submit your completed application: 

In Person or Mail to:
8:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday

Neighborhood House
1225 S. Weller Street, Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98144
Attn: Human Resources

For more information
Inquiries may be directed to Human Resources at (206) 461-8430 or by e-mail to nhjobs@nhwa.org.