Hours – Full Time

Salary $15 – $16 per hour DOE plus benefits

Florence Crittenton’s residential programs provide comprehensive family centered services and supports for parents ages 12-30 and their children ages 0-4. Early Childhood and Parenting Specialist will work closely with the Clinical and the Early Childhood teams to plan and implement early intervention and educational services for children of women and families in the residential settings, as well as parenting education for these families.

Minimum Qualifications: (note: equivalent combinations of education and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis)

  • High School Diploma or GED with 2 years of supervised work experience in an educational environment or family-based setting. OR
  • A Bachelor or Associates degree in Social Work; Human Services field or related field, preferred.
  • One-year Home Visiting experience, preferred
  • Possess working knowledge of all childcare standards, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of COA regulations that relate to provision of childcare in a licensed facility in the state of Montana preferred.
  • Knowledge and application of word processing and computer skills, i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel etc.
  • A valid driver’s license, satisfactory background check and a health statement are required for all employees at the Florence Crittenton Home and Services.

THE PERKS:

Access to training and development opportunities including, but not limited to: all techniques associated with Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), CPR and First Aid procedures; COA regulations; health insurance; retirement plan (403b), paid Vacation, Holiday and Sick Leave; Family-friendly work environment; Satisfaction that the work you do directly impacts young women and children.

THE POSITION:

The Early Childhood and Parenting Specialist takes the lead in coordinating children’s physical, behavioral, and educational needs during the client work/school day from 8 am – 5 pm. Works as a key member of a Clinical and Early Childhood team to support exceptional early intervention services for children who have a variety of developmental needs. Leads in the development and implementation of individual educational supports; which align with developmentally appropriate practices, trauma informed evidence-based programs and practices, and the Montana Early Learning Standards. Responsible for individual and group care and coaching parents and children, while working closely with the clinical and educational team to write case/treatment plans, assess individual child needs and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions offered.

THE PERSON:

  • The individual must possess the ability to organize work, set priorities, determine resource requirements, develop short and long-term goals and strategies to achieve them, coordinate educational services with related service providers if necessary, monitor progress and evaluate outcomes. He/she must also encourage and facilitate cooperation and trust, while fostering commitment and team strengths to achieve the educational goals for children in their care.
  • Understanding of infant/toddler/child physical, cognitive and social/emotional development;
  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing with individuals and in groups; strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task; work under minimal supervision; exercise initiative; be flexible
  • Ability to develop strong relationships working with young families and at-risk populations;
  • Ability to exercise professional judgement and to solve problems effectively and appropriately;
  • Ability for function effectively in a stressful work environment consequent to the nature of the business as well as clientele served.
  • Ability to attend residential and educational staff meetings and training as directed by Supervisor to ensure program coordination and adequate training experiences;

Essential Job Requirements:

  • Provide high quality care for children ages 0-4, ensuring a safe, nurturing environment, and parent/client orientation regarding child educational plans and programs;
  • Supports the attachment and healthy bonding between child and mother and creates a safe emotionally healthy environment for children and their caregivers;
  • Builds parenting skill development using evidence-based practices and knowledge;
  • Models clinical and educational interventions with mothers;
  • Maintains a clean, trauma sensitive, age appropriate environment;
  • Supervises, monitors, educates, evaluates, and provides behavioral interventions for all children in care, as well as any additional supporting teaching staff, volunteers, practicum students and interns;
  • Coordinating and maintaining consistent daily schedule and routines that ensure all developmental areas are addressed
  • Develops individualized education programs for each child that aligns with developmentally appropriate practices;
  • Assisting in developing, implementing and assuring compliance of current childcare practice standards, government policy and procedure, accreditation standards through the Council on Accreditation (COA) and FCHS policies and procedures, as well as in the evaluation of the childcare services, creates program plans, program standards, and strategic plans for the childcare program’s growth and improvement and implements changes in existing services necessary to guarantee their financial viability and positive impact on the clients;
  • Provision of direct, intensive, individualized services to childcare clientele which include but are not limited to:
    • Coordinating childcare admissions if child will be attending childcare at an outside agency while ensuring that all necessary paperwork is completed and in place, and coordinating, monitoring, collaborating, and consulting with a wide range of local childcare related services & resources;
    • Accessing necessary internal and external services/resources for children who may need additional supports;
    • Ensuring: all FCHS child clientele receive individualized attention and services, assessments and screenings are completed for all children, data-based decision making using a tiered approach (Pyramid Model) is adhered to on a consistent basis, and the use and implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports through the Montana Behavioral Initiative.
    • Acting as liaison to parents of children receiving educational services and serving as a client advocate;
    • Responding to, and intervening in, crisis situations and insuring crises are infrequent by actively implementing and adhering to a thorough safety and crisis management plan;
    • Adheres to the adaptations, modifications, and trainings in the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Model for use with young children and their families;
    • Incorporates the ARC framework and trauma responsive PBIS practices/techniques into existing practices, policies, programs, and curricula;

Expectations:

  • Communicates effectively with parents and caregivers regarding child’s activities, routines and needs;
  • Establishes and maintains open communication with parents, coworkers and supervisors;
  • Functions as a member of FCHS team in carrying out therapeutic and case management plans for FC clientele through the provision of high-quality childcare services that serve as learning examples for the FC’s program clients.
  • Overseeing quality assurance of group and individual instruction of children focused on social/emotional, resiliency building, behavioral, self-help/Independence, and academic skills;
  • Demonstrating cooperation, openness for growth and willingness to contribute in a team approach
  • Upholding the program philosophy and mission
  • Demonstrates professional behavior and follows all childcare provider mandates such as confidentiality, code of ethics, and child abuse/neglect reporting statutes;
  • Uses data collection to measure progress on child goals, and tracks child outcomes;
  • Performs additional tasks/duties as assigned

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the Child Care staff to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties associated with this job, the staff must be able to:

  • exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body;
  • remain in a stationary position (sit, stand, etc.) for extended periods of time;
  • Position self (stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, climb, balance etc.) for extended periods of time;
  • identify, recognize, react and respond to all emergencies;
  • and perform repetitive motions of wrists, hands and/or fingers;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

HOW TO APPLY:

Apply on-line at https://www.florencecrittenton.org/employment-application/

Application, Resume, and Cover letter should address your availability, and reason for applying for this position.

FC provides equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, or disability as defined by federal and state law in our relationship with applicants for employment, employees of FC, and the public.