Early Childhood Education Specialist, Children's Relief Nursery

LifeWorks Northwest Portland, OR
LifeWorks NW's Children's Relief Nursery provides child abuse and neglect prevention services that keep children safe and families strong. Services include outpatient mental health, therapeutic classrooms, respite childcare, home visits, parent skills training, and trauma assessments.

PURPOSE: The primary responsibility of this position is to work with children ages 0 to 3 years of age providing home visiting and case management services.

DAYS/HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

PAY/BENEFITS: $15.47 to $16.63 per hour. Full Benefits.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

* Meets performance standards for direct client care, documentation, quality (including engagement and evidence based practices), and teamwork.

* Actively participates in training related to cultural effectiveness and sensitivity in working with diverse populations.

* Develops therapeutic activities and/or behavioral interventions based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs.

* Responsible for case management. Coordinates/collaborates with physicians, staff, families, caregivers, etc.

* Maintains awareness of community resources and provides referral services to clients and their families.

* Determines materials required to implement the daily activity plan.

* Assesses child and family needs through family assessment tools, home visits and informal contact; address needs through intervention strategies including written, oral and hands-on assistance.

* Assists with and/or administer assessments and diagnostic screening instruments at appropriate intervals.

* Evaluates child and family progress through written records and interactions with parents

* Maintain caseload of 8-12 families.

* Conducts home visits with families focusing on parent–child interaction, developmentally appropriate expectations, positive guidance and limit setting, nurturance, and strength based support for families. Assign child and families to resources, referrals and information as appropriate.

* Participates in meetings with other agencies as pertaining to children in classroom and on case management case load.

* Network with community agencies for education and resource referral purposes.

* Provide follow up services for families as they enter and exit services including phone contact, home and site visits, referral assistance and crisis intervention.

* Provides intervention and crisis principles and techniques for at risk children and families including; substance use issues, adult mental health, domestic abuse and affects of violence on children, and early childhood trauma.

* Maintains client confidentiality.

* Adheres to guidelines for mandated reporter status.

* Interacts respectfully, confidently, sensitively and non-judgmentally with young children and their families.

* Works independently and as a team member.

* Problem solves and develops creative approaches to provide program services.

* Addresses legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline, assisting with hearings and

* providing testimony.

* Acts as client advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.

* Will transport clients in a LifeWorks NW small bus (about 6 passengers).

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education, Education, Health, Social Services or related field and/or 3 years of experience with teaching or home visiting with young children and their families.

* Bilingual (English/Spanish) fluency skills preferred, but not required.

* Minimum two years early childhood experience/education and experience with home visiting required.

* Minimum one year case management experience required.

* Must be able to drive clients in a LifeWorks NW vehicle. Must have a valid driver's license and ability to meet LifeWorks NW driving requirements.

* Valid first aid and CPR certifications.

* Valid Food Handlers card.

* Enrolled in the State of Oregon's Office of Child Care Criminal History Registry strongly preferred. If not enrolled, must be able to meet the qualifications to be enrolled.

* Must be able to meet physical demands: requires lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling up to 30 pounds on a frequent basis, and up to 50 pounds occasionally. Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, and walking may be required. Stooping, kneeling, bending, balancing, reaching, and use of the hands may occur throughout the workday. Lift and carry children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

JOB CODE/NUMBER: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SPECIALIST, CHILDREN'S RELIEF NURSERY/816598

LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community.

LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law.

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