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Parent Educator

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Tucson, AZ

General Position Description:

Parent Educators will provide a comprehensive home visitation program implementing the Parents as Teachers evidence-based model for expecting parents and at-risk families. This strengths-based program uses parent coaching to provide developmental screening, Family Service Plan development, home visitation, Family Connections group sessions, and connections to community resources and services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide a Comprehensive Parent as Teachers Program -
  • Accept referrals, contact family to schedule a home visit.
  • Meet with the family at a time convenient to explain the program components.
  • Collect child health and developmental information; determine other screenings which may be required.
  • Conduct with family participation developmental, hearing, and vision screenings.
  • Assess family strengths and resources, including informal support systems.
  • Convene a Family Service Plan meeting to develop functional child and family goals and outcomes.
  • Facilitate referrals to community resources/services.
  • Provide parent coaching within natural environments to increase family capacity to support their childís development.
  • Plan and provide Family Connections Group meetings available to families at least once a month.
  • Support family to develop a child portfolio, the All About Me Book,
  • Collaborate with community agencies/service providers to promote timely and seamless services to children and families.
  • Complete all program documentation requirements and maintain confidential, individual child files.
  • Maintain and effective and professional working relationship with families and referral sources.
  • Support families through transitions to other services as necessary.
  • Assess and support access to emergency needs of families for food, diapers, clothing, and transportation.
  • Ensure fidelity to First Things First Standards of Practice, as well as National PAT model implementation standards.
  • Function as an enthusiastic, competent, contributing member of ESBF staff-
  • Complete initial Parents as Teachers Foundational and Model Implementation Training (5 days) requirements and maintain knowledge of best practices and current research; complete 20 hours of professional development annually.
  • Use Reflective Supervision effectively, accept feedback and share experiences working with families.
  • Attend and participate in all required staff meetings.
  • Participate in PAT Self-Assessment and Program Evaluation processes; FTF monitoring activities and contribute to the development and implementation of improvement plans.
  • Comply with State, Federal and Other Relevant Regulations/Requirements-
  • Report suspected neglect/abuse to Child Protective Services and supervisor, complete required documentation.
  • Comply with privacy laws and requirement under HIPAA regulations
  • Follow all safety procedures required by ESBF.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Infant and toddler typical and atypical development.
    • Family systems and group dynamics.
    • Principles of family-centered care, including cultural competency and awareness.
    • Parent coaching and relationship-based practices.
    • Community health and social services resources.
    • Reflective Supervision.
    • Arizonaís Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines.
    • Arizonaís Mandatory Reporting requirements
  • Ability to:
    • Use independent judgment.
    • Communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing.
    • Work as a member of a team.
    • Work a flexible schedule including evenings/weekends.
    • Travel out of town/state for PAT required training.

Minimum Requirements: or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Education:
    • Bachelorís or Masterís degree in an area related to early childhood education, special education, social work, or a related field. 
    • Successful completion of the National Center for Parents as Teachers Training (employer provides)
    • Experience:
      • Experience in home visitation with children birth through age 3 and their families.
  • Regulatory
    • Clean criminal background check and the ability to obtain and maintain a level one clearance card.
    • Certification in Adult/Child/Infant CPR. (If not current, employer provides)
    • Maintain a current valid driverís license, proof of insurance, and a driving record that meets ESBF requirements
    • Reliable Vehicle

Physical requirements:

Psychological Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain calm, non-defensive with a supportive attitude during stressful, potential crisis, and crisis situations.
  • Must be able to work in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Must be able to manage high volumes and unpredictability of work.
  • Must be able to remain flexible and reprioritize according to the changing demands of the day.
  • Must be able to manage stress in a fast-paced, unpredictable, intense setting.
  • Must be able to adapt to diverse cultural environments and communicate in a culturally inclusive manner.
  • Must be able to represent Easterseals Blake Foundation in a professional manner in all situations.

Easterseals Blake Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is understood and agreed that any misrepresentation by me in this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application and/or separation from the Employer's service if I have been employed. I give the Employer the right to investigate all references and to secure additional information about me, if job related. I hereby release from liability the Employer and its representatives for seeking such information, and all other persons, corporations, or organizations for furnishing such information. I hereby consent to and authorize Easterseals Blake Foundation to request, receive and use information as often as necessary as deemed by Easterseals Blake Foundation by consumer reporting agency bearing on my credit standing, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living, including, but not limited to, my criminal background or lack of criminal background. I authorize the use by Easterseals Blake Foundation of the original or photocopy of this authorization. The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employer does not discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant's consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. I understand that just as I am free to resign at any time, the Employer reserves the right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice. I understand that no representative of the Employer has the authority to make any assurances to the contrary.

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