Great Expectations is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, or membership in any other federal, state, or local protected class. We are deeply to committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from underrepresented populations.
Great Expectations requires all employees, other than those who receive a religious or medical exemption, to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. We also require our staff to comply with a mask-wearing policy.
JOB OPENING: FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Are you the person people go to for advice? Do you enjoy working with babies, children and their families? Do you speak and write fluently in both English and Spanish? Then this position may be a fit for you!
Great Expectations provides reliable information, guidance, and support for new and expectant parents in Garfield, Pitkin, and western Eagle counties. Our programs are free and available to all.
Our caring team of Family Support Specialists talk with clients about how to care for their children and themselves. We walk families through a wide range of topics, including:
How to participate in healthy prenatal care
How to develop a birth plan
What to expect during labor and delivery
How to build a healthy bond with your baby
How to make your home a safe place for your baby to live and play
How to promote your child’s growth and development
Where to find health care, child care, housing, and other support services in our community
How to continue your education and job training
How to set goals for your family’s future and find ways to reach them
We also host parent support groups. Our facilitators help parents learn from one another in a safe, supportive environment.
Family Support Specialists receive training in the use of various curricula, assessments, and trauma-informed practice. We also provide extensive training in the Healthy Families America home visitation model.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Visit regularly with all assigned families
Establish a trusting relationship with clients to enhance family functioning through nurturing relationships
Help families identify their strengths and develop parenting skills
Help families establish and pursue goals
Help families obtain and maintain health insurance
Help families obtain health care
Inform and connect families to community services
Participate in regular agency staff meetings and team meetings
Attend weekly individual reflective supervision sessions
Conduct assessments and use appropriate curricula and protocols
Complete required visit logs
Ensure that family files and case notes are maintained and up to date
Maintain confidentiality of records of families
At least three years’ experience in early childhood education, human services, health care, home visiting or a related field with proven capacity to mentor, coach or train other adults.
Any certificate or degree with an emphasis in early childhood, health, social services or psychology. Relevant experience may be substituted for education.
SPECIAL SKILLS, LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Working knowledge of Microsoft applications preferred. Must have a valid Colorado driver’s license and use of a working vehicle. Bilingual English/Spanish verbal and written fluency is required. Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Effective written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational skills with the ability to effectively work independently and in a team. Ability to use good judgment and to handle confidential and sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy. Proven capacity to work with culturally diverse populations. Maturity and experience working successfully with young children and their families. Non-judgmental and accepting, and willing to relate to families from a strength-based model.
Able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and able to lift 20 lbs.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Full-time position. Salary range: $24 to $29 per hour, dependent on experience and education with competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life and vision insurance, employee assistance program, short-term disability policy, and a flexible work schedule.
JOB OPENING: NURSE VISITOR
The Great Expectations Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program provides case management and education through home visitation for low-income, first-time mothers and their families between Aspen and Parachute, Colorado. Nurse visitors conduct in-home and virtual visits from the early prenatal period to the child’s second birthday. We strongly recommend that applicants learn more about NFP at nursefamilypartnership.org.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Applicants must be registered nurses; have a current Colorado nursing license and CPR certification; have knowledge of nursing practices; and have experience working with pregnant clients, infants, and toddlers. To perform this job, nurse visitors must have a valid Colorado driver’s license; use of a personal vehicle; and current auto insurance, as required by state law. Bilingual (English/Spanish) ability preferred and compensated accordingly.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned. (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class.)
- Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships while delivering individualized client case management services.
- Conduct home visits to determine client and family needs. Assess the physical, emotional, social, and environmental needs of clients and their families as they relate to health and life-course development and develop plans to meet these needs according to program guidelines for a caseload of 25+ clients. Evaluate progress of family members toward targeted goals and revise plan of care, as appropriate.
- Provide support to assist clients and their families in attaining targeted goals in areas that include prenatal care, nutrition, parenting, well-child care, family planning, and special healthcare needs.
- Teach clients about healthy behaviors, provide technical expertise to clients regarding best practices for appropriate provision and care for their child’s/children’s and family’s health and well-being. Assist clients and their families in establishing realistic goals and measurable outcomes for promoting their health and life-course development.
- Develop an effective working relationship with clients and their families to enhance problem-solving competence. Use logic and reasoning skills to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each family and guide them to consider alternative solutions or approaches to problems when appropriate. Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to help the family choose the most appropriate solution for them. Promote the involvement of other client family members during pregnancy, birth, and early childhood.
- Provide education, resources, and referrals as appropriate. Identify gaps and barriers in community systems for clients and families. Consult, coordinate and collaborate closely with community resources to link families with appropriate services. Refer clients with social and emotional problems to other community agencies for assistance. Serve as a resource to other community agencies.
- Responsible for the documentation for assigned clients and maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss with supervisor.
- Work independently while maintaining strong professional boundaries.
- Maintain current nursing license.
- Maintain sensitive and confidential records information.
- Drive for extended distances and periods of time from Aspen to Parachute in all weather conditions throughout the year.
- Comply with federal, state, and local regulations and employer policies and procedures.
- Perform other duties as required.
JOB TYPES: full-time (Monday through Saturday, 40 hours/week)
BENEFITS: 100% employer-paid health insurance; vision and dental insurance options; short-term disability policy; Employee Assistance Program; tuition assistance; loan repayament; 10 paid holidays; vacation; sick time
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Luci Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org.