Community Children's Center
Published
July 10, 2022
Location
1605 Davis Rd., Lawrence
Job Type
Desired Education
Master's degree in Social Work
Desired Experience
5+ years serving families with young children
Base Wage/Salary
$60,000
Job Type
Other
Company Contact
Kim Polson
Contact Phone
785-260-8184

Description

Position announcement: Community Children’s Center is seeking applications from highly qualified individuals for a new full-time position of Family Resource Center Outreach Coordinator to develop and implement a home visiting program to support families with children ages birth to five. Families are able request Coordinator assistance via an online form on the TYKES Douglas County early childhood online resource hub (tykesdc.org). During home-visits, the Coordinator will provide needed items/resources and educate families about community-based services.  They will then refer them immediately online on  the Unite Us referral platform. Working in collaboration with community partners, the Coordinator will track and close the referral loop. The Coordinator will collaborate with the CCC team and community-based advisory groups to develop innovative programs and strategies to alleviate service gaps and strengthen the local early childhood system. This position is the first phase in the creation of a physical Family Resource Center to be housed in the new Douglas County early childhood community center (ECCC) in 2023.

Opportunity summary: Since June 2021, a cross-sector group of early childhood and community stakeholders has been gathering community input, researching models and laying the foundation for the ECCC. Incorporating the work from the Douglas County Community Health Plan to Reduce Poverty, the model developed is four-fold: 1) a Family Resource Center to help meet families’ basic needs; 2) a Provider Academy to recruit, retain and support child care providers; 3) an innovative child care business incubator that will provide a supported experience for new early childhood care and education professionals; and 4) a Family Friendly Workplace initiative to promote and support family friendly policies and practices in all employment sectors. This position will be responsible for jumpstarting the Family Resource Center through outreach services and building collaborative relationships. The Family Resource Center and ECCC physical space will be acquired and renovated over the next 12-18 months. We anticipate a phased implementation of the full ECCC model over a three-year period. Community Children’s Center is the nonprofit organization that is responsible for this project.

Job responsibilities:  This section describes major responsibilities for the position but is not an exhaustive or exclusive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested.

  • Visit the homes of families with young children (birth – 5) who self-refer for services through the TYKES/Unite Us self-referral form or are referred by a collaborative partner
  • Assist families in determining eligibility for and completing applications for social service programs
  • Serve as a community navigator to direct families to social services and early childhood support programs
  • Track referrals submitted through the TYKES/Unites Us or by partner organizations to ensure referral loop is closed
  • Administer PFS-2 Protective Factors Survey for families regularly accessing home visiting services
  • Provide families with early childhood development information and guidance
  • Collect and track demographic and visit information for families served
  • Establish collaborative relationships with social service organizations and other home visiting programs to best meet family needs
  • Implement and administrate fund to support families and providers during the gap between Department for Children and Families Child Care Subsidy application and actual availability of funds
  • Participate in CCC team meetings and strategic planning

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services or other closely related field
  • Minimum 3 years relevant working experience
  • Working knowledge of community resources in Douglas County, Kansas
  • Prior relevant work experience with low income and diverse populations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to communicate and respect people from a variety of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated knowledge of physical and social-emotional child development
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, dependable transportation, current vehicle insurance and a verified safe driving record.
  • Ability to travel throughout Douglas County (mileage reimbursement will be provided)

Preferred requirements

  • Master’s degree in Social Work
  • 5+ years’ professional experience serving families with children 0-5 years
  • Professional experience within a home visiting model
  • Bilingual proficiency in English/Spanish

Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Strengths-based approach to child and family engagement
  • Enthusiasm for innovation and systems change
  • Passion for the field of early childhood care and education
  • Commitment to equity and the reduction of income- and race-based opportunity and achievement gaps
  • Drive for continuous quality-improvement
  • A high level of autonomy and professionalism

Supervision:

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000

How to Apply: Review of applications will begin July 29, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references electronically to: Kim Polson, Executive Director, at kimpolson@communitychildrenks.org.