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EHS-Expectant Parent Program Specialist (30113)

Company: Lutheran Services Florida
Location: Largo
Posted on: September 12, 2021

Job Description:

EHS-Expectant Parent Program Specialist (30113)
Pinellas Head Start / Early Head Start
Located in Largo, FL

 

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong and communities are vibrant.

Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services, including:

  • early childhood education
  • refugee and immigration
  • mental health and substance abuse
  • juvenile justice
  • child welfare

LSF is looking for a talented EHS-Expectant Parent Program Specialist who wants to make an impact in the lives of others.

Purpose & Impact

The purpose of the EHS-Expectant Parent Program Specialist supports and assists expectant parents and birth parents as they identify and meet their own goals through a family-centered case management model for developing and carrying out the program family partnership agreements., including responsibility for child files, enrollment/applications, etc.  Assists with the completion of the child health requirements and other required screenings and assessments.  Participates in the EHS Quality Assurance efforts.


A Day in the Life of a EHS-Expectant Parent Program Specialist

Essential Functions:

  • Coordinates with center staff to integrate expectant parents and birth parents partnership goals with classroom efforts and to ensure integrated child and family curriculum.
  • Participates in team management functions of planning, implementing and evaluating family and community engagement goals and objectives.
  • Participates in in-service, workshops, conferences and college courses to enhance skills.
  • Recruits prospective families and assists with enrollment process.
  • Works cooperatively with local agencies to assist families to linkup with services in the local community.
  • Assists with the completion of the child health screening, other required screenings and assessments and is familiar with referral requirements.
  • Conducts and documents follow-up on all referrals.
  • While respecting family confidentiality, regularly shares information with teachers to ensure coordinated services that meet the needs of individual children and families.
  • Provides health, safety and family literacy activities to parents, as appropriate.
  • Develops a working knowledge of community resources, and visits, at least annually, with major agencies for service delivery updates and community resource guide updates.
  • Attends parent/teacher conferences as requested.
  • Ensures an appropriate written transition plan is prepared for all children, six months prior to their third birthday.
  • Documents all efforts to assist families, tracks family partnership efforts and outcomes, records, monitors and follows up on referrals, and submits reports as required. Attends all workshops and meetings as deemed necessary by the supervisor
  • Attends all required staff and parent meetings and activities.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality at all times with respect to Head Start/Early Head Start children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to lift at least 45 pounds.  Reasonable accommodation may be made for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

Education:  High School diploma or G.E.D. required.  Associates or higher degree preferred in Social Work or Human Services or related human services field.

 Experience:

At least one year of experience working with children and families in a social services environment.  Early Head Start experience preferred.  Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area.

Also required: Certification in First Aid and CPR within six months of the date assigned to this position; and successful completion of a Level II background screening and drug screening prior to hiring.

 

Skills:

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of social work and human behavior.
  • Knowledge of human development and health.
  • Knowledge of social services and health services available in the area.
  • Knowledge of computer data entry processes.
  • Knowledge of family-centered practices.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and instructions orally and in writing.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Abilitys to speak to community groups and provide public information to inform the community about the services
  • Ability to speak before groups of individuals, such as Committees and Staff meetings.
  • Ability to calculate amounts by adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and figuring percentages.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to make recommendations and develop implementation strategies.
  • Basic computer skills.

Why work for LSF?

Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas

LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part in transforming the lives of those in need.

Community

A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY – drives each one of us.

People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the organization.

Growth Opportunities

Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida, team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other programs or grow within their existing program/department.

Amazing benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Long-term disability
  • Employer paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
  • Health and dependent care FSA
  • Paid holidays
  • Generous PTO policy
  • 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • LifeMart Employee Discount Program

Additional Voluntary Benefits

  • Short-term disability
  • Group life insurance
  • Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
  • Legal Shield coverage

 

Lutheran Services Florida is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.

Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start Services

3230 Commerce Place, Suite A West Palm Beach, FL  33407

EOE/DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

 

 

Keywords: Lutheran Services Florida, Largo , EHS-Expectant Parent Program Specialist (30113), Other , Largo, Florida

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