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Family Support Advocate - Bilingual Spanish Preferred

Company: Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Bost
Location: Worcester
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston invites you to apply for our position of Family Support Advocate!The Family Support Advocate provides intensive outreach and home-based service (currently combined with virtual) to pregnant or parenting moms and dads in the towns of Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Needham, Newton, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.ABOUT OUR PROGRAMHealthy Families Central Middlesex is an intensive weekly home visiting program for first-time parents 23 years of age and younger providing family advocacy and parental coaching. Family Support Advocates/Home Visitors are trained by Children's Trust and are employed by Jewish Family and Children's Service located in Waltham. The program goals are to prevent child abuse and neglect, support health and development of children, assist with parental education and economic self-sufficiency, promote optimal parental health and wellness, and reduce repeat teen pregnancies. Our teamwork, training and work with families is currently being conducted with a combination of in-person home visits and virtually through Zoom, FaceTime, and WhatsApp.ABOUT THE ROLEThe Family Support Advocate is a full-time position of 36.25 hours per week. This position reports to the Healthy Families Program Coordinator.Your workday will include:Conducting regular home visits (including virtual meeting methods) with up to 15 families in the service area, building and maintaining relationships with family members and directly assisting the family prenatally, through pregnancy, delivery, and up through to the child's 3rd birthdayProviding coaching and resources on a range of topics, including infant and child development, immunizations, positive nurturing routines, family planning, nutrition, breastfeeding, home safety and stress managementWorking closely with the Healthy Families team, conduct family assessments, develop, and implement individualized family goal plans based on the family's goalsFacilitating appropriate use of primary care and other services, track immunizations and referrals madeEncouraging family members and co-parents to participate in family support services, social activities, parent education and health promotion activitiesWorking with Healthy Families team to plan social activities and incentive programs for program participants, and assist in other partnership projects as neededAttending meetings of the Healthy Families team, participating in regular individual supervision, and attending scheduled staff development and extensive training programsHelping to insure continued linkage to primary care and family support services, and outreach to families in need of follow-upCollecting data, documenting all encounters on a web-based system, and participating in Healthy Families activities in accordance with all Healthy Families America standardsThe role comes with the following benefits:Best-in field paid time off, including 22 days of vacation time, national and Jewish holidaysMileage reimbursementImmediate eligibility for insurance and benefitsMedical, Dental and Vision PlansLife InsurancePet Insurance403b Retirement PlansDisability, Critical Illness, and Accident InsuranceABOUT YOUIdeal candidates for the Family Support Advocate position have the following qualifications/experience:Bilingual proficiency preferred (Spanish/English)Bachelor's degree in a related fieldSignificant experience (3+ years) working with families and children can be substituted for bachelor's degree requirementDriver's license and car for home visiting (mileage reimbursement available)Ability to establish trusting relationships, accepting of individual differencesHistory working with culturally diverse populationsOpen to reflective practice; capacity for self-reflection in relation to othersAbility to work well in a teamKnowledge of infant, child, and adolescent developmentFamiliarity with Microsoft Office Suite (excel, word, outlook, power point)To apply, please submit both a cover letter and resume.ABOUT THE PROCESSApplying for the position of Family Table Assistant Volunteer Coordinator has the following requirements:A current resumeCover letterCOVID-19 vaccination and proof of vaccineIf you are selected for consideration, the hiring process could include:An initial phone screenAn in-person interview with team membersBackground check3 References, including two professional referencesCopy of diploma of highest education receivedOther hiring requirements**In compliance with federal vaccine mandates, COVID-19 vaccination & proof of vaccine will be required prior to employment or employees must have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons by the first day of employment with JF& CS.**ABOUT USFor more than 150 years, Jewish Family & Children's Service has been helping individuals and families build a strong foundation for resilience and well-being. We intentionally serve and employ people of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.Our work is guided by core tenets of faith and commitment not by bureaucratic processes or a desire to maximize profits. Our goal is to improve lives and improve the world which is part of what makes JF& CS a special place.We have a strong culture of professional development, work-life balance, and promoting from within.JF& CS is an equal opportunity employer who serves and employs people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly values diversity, equity and inclusion. Employment opportunities are available to all without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability.

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