Part of the nationwide Healthy Families America initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America, Healthy Families of Northern Virginia Family Service offers comprehensive support and guidance, through home visitation, to new and expectants parents. The mission of Healthy Families is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. The Family Support Specialist (FSS) initiates and maintains regular contact with families, primarily in their homes; establishes trusting relationships with families and assists in strengthening parent-child relationships. All NVFS employees are expected to demonstrate the organizational values and sensitivity to the diversity of the organization’s client base.
Essential Job Duties:
Conduct client home visits on a regularly assigned schedule with the goal of establishing a trusting relationship in accordance with Healthy Families America Best Practice Standards.
Prepare appropriate activities for home visit using approved evidence-based curriculum and other supplemental materials.
Prepare appropriate activities and facilitate group socialization experiences and field trips for families.
Provide appropriate parenting modeling, education, and other supportive services as outlined in the Healthy Families America Best Practice Standards.
Conduct developmental screening and evaluations using such instruments as ASQ-3, ASQ-SE-2, and HOME with families.
Make referrals to other services as needed and work with other community providers to provide collaborative services to clients.
As needed, use bilingual skills to facilitate communication between participant families and other program staff, providers, and/or partners.
Prepare documentation and maintain client files in accordance with program requirements and NVFS guidelines.
Enter data for record keeping and reporting to meet federal/state/program guidelines.
Participate in regular supervision with Program Supervisor, providing regular updates and preparing case presentations.
Maintain current own level of knowledge on program software and other information on early childhood programs.
Qualification and Additional Requirements:
High School graduate or GED; college coursework preferred.
Infant Mental Health endorsement preferred.
Experience working with or providing services to children (aged 0-3 years) and families.
Bilingual in English and Spanish
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; demonstrated ability to enter and retrieve data using computer systems, systems applications, and other office equipment.
Must be able to lift up to 10 lbs.
Must be comfortable with undesirable home conditions and being around pets/animals/other items in homes.
Successful completion of background checks required upon hire.
Valid U.S. driver's license.
Within a 37.5 hour workweek, needs to have the flexibility to make evening and/or early morning home visits two days per week in order to accommodate clients’ schedules.
This description is intended to describe the essential job functions and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a person so classified.
Northern Virginia Family Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant.