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Job Title: Community & Family Engagement Specialist
Program/Grant Category: NBCCC/PATCH
Reports to: Director of Family Support Initiatives
Work Schedule: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and may include limited evenings and weekends
Hiring Range: $48K to $50K, plus competitive benefit package
The Community & Family Engagement Specialist is a full time position whose function is to help identify and coordinate strategies and supports that integrate the principles of family support into all aspects of the PATCH’s case practice, while working to ensure all families involved with the NB DCF Office, with a focus of those living in the PATCH targeted neighborhoods have access to the supports they need to build/strengthen their parental/family capacity.
The PATCH approach to working with families was originated in Great Britain where “patch” means “neighborhood.” PATCH programs are joint ventures that partner state agency direct service staff and community resources (in this instance DCF Social Workers & New Bedford’s Community Connections Coalition) and co-locates them in a community location that serves a defined population to jointly focus on the needs of the families in the “PATCH” site.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific to PATCH
Specific to NBCCC
Desired Skills and Abilities
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Ability to problem solve and access resources in a complex environment
Principles and approaches that promote family support and parent engagement
Parent leadership development
Experience in needs assessments, program planning and outcomes measurements
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations and a cross sector of the community
Fluency in a Spanish a plus
Bachelor’s degree in social work or related human services field with a minimum of 3 years’ experience working with at risk families and communities. Familiarity with community resources for families with children and the state agency’s health and human service provisions for families and children, particularly DCF, is a must.
A valid driver’s license and personal vehicle is required, as well as the ability to pass a background check. Interested Candidates should email resume and thoughtful cover letter with salary requirements to
firstname.lastname@example.org by August 14, 2017. Please list subject as “Engagement Specialist.”