Bilingual Family Coach (English/Spanish)
Full Time Exempt Position
Reports to: Lead Family Coach
Dunamis Synergy is an initiative to support expectant and parenting teens and students ages 15-25 years old, and their children, as they strive together to achieve their educational potential and establish a legacy of prosperity that passes from one generation to the next. Dunamis Synergy, via a comprehensive “two generation” service coordination model, will complement and leverage existing efforts to address the needs of Rhode Island families and increase college access, persistence, and completion in the state.
We believe that post-secondary and early education, health and well-being, stable housing, economic supports, and social capital development are the core elements required to improve educational, health, and social outcomes and create an intergenerational cycle of opportunity among young families. Dunamis Synergy braids together the resources and partners required to support parenting teens and young adults who are prepared to build their family’s future through education.
West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is seeking a full time Bilingual Family Coach who will work directly with families of children 0-4 who live in the 02907 zip code.
Family Coaches will work with families to access a diverse set of resources in the community to support parents’ and prospective parents’ success and to help ensure their children are healthy and ultimately ready to learn at school.
- Assess family needs and link families to relevant available services and program
- Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information about available programs for young children.
- Provide workshops on navigating state websites such as the Rhode Island Children’s Cabinet and Bright Stars.
- Work with families in 02907 to access community based services and resources to help parents prepare their children for kindergarten.
- Connect families to Family Visiting programs and services.
- Promote early literacy and share age-appropriate literacy materials.
- Contact, engage, and assist expectant and parenting teens and young adults to learn about and access resources to improve their and their child’s health, well-being, and education
- Work with the participant and partners to coordinate services, facilitate transitions, and provide appropriate follow-up.
- Empower individuals to identify and gain access to resources to meet their and their family’s specific needs and goals.
- Use a variety of techniques to motivate and support behavior change to improve health, well-being, and educational persistence.
- Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with schools, child care providers, community-based organizations and other resources.
- Use data and apply evidence-based and promising practices in efforts to support individuals and their children in reaching their goals.
- Work with management and the initiative’s Steering Committee to engage in systemic problem solving, including assessment, information gathering, goal setting, planning, implementation, evaluation, and revision of plans and methods, as necessary, to achieve initiative goals.
- Use principles and skills to identify and develop community leaders, and involve them in the work of the initiative, and in the community, as appropriate.
- Adhere to confidentiality and privacy rights in accordance with employer and legal reporting requirements
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience.
- Bachelor’s degree in human services, education or related field
- Experience in direct service with adolescents or young adults
- Experience working with diverse populations
- A minimum of two (2) years of experience working with families.
- Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required.
- Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance required.
- Previous lived experience as a young parent or parenting secondary or post-secondary student is strongly desired.
- Community Health Worker Certificate in the state of Rhode Island a plus
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to satisfactorily perform essential duties. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- High level of interpersonal skills and excellent writing and oral communication skills.
- Ability to utilize personal experiences to enhance support to families while maintaining professional boundaries.
- Knowledge of public education system, community resources and higher education preferred.
- Ability to convey complex information in a clear and concrete manner.
- Bilingual skills are strongly desired.
- Ability to effectively work independently and in collaboration with multiple staff and partners.
- Ability to effectively carryout the mission and philosophy of WEHDC and demonstrate a willingness to work cooperatively and collaboratively with multiple constituents.
- Must demonstrate professionalism in appearance and actions; handle difficult or stressful situations in a calm and respectful manner; demonstrate fair treatment of others and support a positive work environment.
- Ability to logically resolve problem situations and develop alternative solutions when faced with obstacles; use innovative ideas to resolve problems and develop effective solutions, take responsibility for actions.
- Must possess the ability to multitask and prioritize time and activities.
- Must be organized and effectively manage time and commitments.
Send your resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00pm on June 17. Please include “Dunamis Synergy Bilingual (English/Spanish) Family Coach” in the e-mail subject line.