WORD PROGRAM COORDINATOR in MISSOULA, Montana
A Missoula employer is seeking a PROGRAM COORDINATOR / PARENT EDUCATORUsing the "Family Centered Approach," the coordinator / parent educator works to strengthen families by helping parents see themselves as their child's first teacher and gain knowledge of child development and parenting strategies that will promote early learning opportunities for children, ages 0-5. Parents as Teachers training will be provided. This position also works with families who have been involved with CPS.Work includes outreach to families, CPS and community agencies to enroll families in PAT services.In this position of working directly with families, you will:- Oversee the program, including contact with the state grantees;_ Work collaboratively with the executive director and other parent educators to ensure program quality;- Complete reports in a time manner, ensuring accuracy;- Outreach to families, CPS, and community agencies to enroll families in PAT services;- Provide families involved with CPS with PAT home visits on appropriate schedules;- Provide initial screening and assessment of families. Conduct developmental screenings of children at three-month intervals. Make referrals to appropriate health and community agencies;- Help organize, plan, and facilitate monthly PAT play groups for target population, monitor attendance and keep records;- Assist families in accessing services from a wide range of community agencies;- Maintain good working relationships with professionals and agencies servicing target population;- Model parenting skills and techniques and provide skill-building opportunities;- Facilitate parents' learning of children's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development;- Participate in educational and support activities that will increase early learning opportunities for children;- Complete paperwork, attend training, collect data, and other duties as required.Required is a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or special education or social work, plus one year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Case management and early childhood experience are preferred. Experience supervising and program coordination.Other requirements include experience, knowledge, and empathy working with high-needs families and families involved with CFS or foster care; excellent listening and communication skills; ability to be empathetic in a diverse range of families without judgment, including being comfortable in their home environment; ability to maintain professional boundaries at all times and a high regard for client confidentiality; and experience planning and facilitating groups.