BVCAP is currently looking for a Parent Educator:
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a nationally recognized home-visiting program for families with children. Parent Educators provide families with materials, activities, screenings, and other supports to foster positive child development. Parent Educators also provide families case management services to offer general support, information and referral, and coordination of services to assist families in meeting personal and self-sufficiency goals.
This is a multi-faceted and demanding position.
- a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Child Development, Education or related field preferred, with a minimum of three years of public health or community development experience working with young children and/ or parents and previous supervised work experience with young children and/or parents.
- Experience in working with families with multiple needs.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
- BCI and CANTS clearance required.
- Valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle.
- Flexibility to conduct home visits when families are available.
- Strong knowledge and commitment to serving families of diverse social and economic backgrounds.
- Adhere to program and contract requirements
- Adhere to confidentiality of families.
- Be highly organized and accountable.
- Be an independent, self-motivated worker.
- Be able to learn and understand and incorporate the three roles of a parent educator: partnering, facilitating, and reflecting into daily practice with families.
- Be able to establish rapport with families and empower them by building on their strengths.
- Be competent with computer skills; including web browsing, e-mail, Internet, and word processing.
Duties and Responsibilities of a Parent Educator
- Become knowledgeable about the Parents as Teachers model including the Essential Requirements necessary for model fidelity.
- Conduct personal visits (50-60 minutes) using the Parents as Teachers curriculum on the required visit schedule
- Provide parent group connections focusing on a minimum of one of the following areas of emphasis: parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, or family well-being.
- Complete required child and family screenings
- Develop and maintain a community resource network in order to be able to link families with them as needed.
- Able to occasionally lift 10-15lbs
- Able to complete home visits in the community and in client homes; with the possibility of visits taking place in multilevel homes.
- Maintain and submit in a timely way all required family and program documentation.
- Meet weekly with supervisor for reflective supervision sessions.
- Help parents and children transition to other services as needed.
- Complete annually required competency-based professional development hours in order to remain a certified Parents as Teachers parent educator.