Early Head Start Home Visitor (Early Childhood Program Specialist 3)
Edmonds College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The college values its talented, diverse workforce and seeks to attract, hire, and support employees who consistently and actively embrace diversity and equity. Edmonds College is an equal opportunity employer. Edmonds College invites all individuals to apply and as an equal opportunity employer, we also encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds and groups to apply for this position.
We are looking for a dedicated professional with experience in Home Visiting to apply for the position of Early Head Start Home Visitor. Early Head Start (EHS) Home Visitors work to support and partner with parents from all over the world as they maneuver one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of life: parenting a child under the age of three.
Build and maintain relationships with clients:
- Form and maintain a trusting, supportive partnership with each Parent that includes clear, professional boundaries.
- Serve as an advocate for Early Head Start families and work with families to become advocates for their children within the community
- Assist parents in strengthening their involvement in the their child’s learning by creating a home learning environment, participating in group socialization activities and volunteering on their Center Committee
- Other duties as assigned
Maintain compliance with program standards:
- Provide Early Head Start child and family with integrated Early Head Start services as required in the Office of Head Start Performance Standards, and outlined in Edmonds College Head Start, ECEAP & Early Head Start’s plans and policies
- Implement program’s parent education curriculum; based on parents’ interests and needs, plan and conduct parent workshops.
- Work in a respectful manner with all children, parents and employees; comply with Edmonds College Head Start, ECEAP, and Early Head Start Code of Conduct, and exhibit the attributes identified in the Edmonds College Workplace Civility and Respect Policy
- Other duties as assigned
- Serve as the case manager for infants, toddlers and their parents, providing referrals and follow-ups and, if needed, participating in service staffing, and assisting in the coordination of needed organization, Part C, health and/or community services for the child’s presenting developmental, educational, and/or health needs
- Plan and implement group socializations
- Work collaboratively with preschool staff to plan and implement an appropriate transition from Early Head start to Head Start or ECEAP
- Consult on a regular schedule with program specialists in the areas of mental health, health, early learning and development, family support, and nutrition. Consultations consist of reviewing/updating the child/family plans and evaluating services they are providing to the parents, infants and toddlers on their caseload.
- Participate in staffings with EHS, HS, Part C providers, medical services, school districts, and community agencies, working with parents to represent the child’s developmental, educational, and health needs
- Coordinate support services (taxis, food service, facilities) for group socializations
- Conduct and evaluate developmental and behavioral screenings, referring children with suspected disabilities to Part C provider for further screening
- Conduct ongoing observations and assessments, using the results to develop and implement individual learning plans for each child and group socialization curriculum, periodically evaluate and update as needed
- Complete no fewer than 46 home visits and 22 group socializations, evaluating results and updating family and children’s plans
- Work with parents to identify and assess their family’s strengths and needs, develop goals and strategies to reach their goals, and, as needed, provide resources and referrals
- Identify and establish the child and family’s medical and dental homes
- Other duties as assigned
- Minimum of a home-based [home visitor] CDA credential, or equivalent coursework as part of an associate's or bachelor's degree; and,
- Two years of experience working with children birth to three years old
- Work experience conducting home visits with an established caseload
- Work experience in a Head Start, ECEAP, or Early Head Start program
KEY COMPETENCIES (specific knowledge, skills or skill sets, and/or abilities necessary to perform work activities):
- Be able to perform all the essential functions of the position
- Ability to work independently, but also be a team player
- Ability to problem-solve and handle sensitive information and difficult situations tactfully and confidentially
- Must be knowledgeable of and work in accordance with Head Start/ECEAP Performance Standards, department and College policies and regulations, and negotiated agreements
- Must be able to use a computer for written communication, data entry, spreadsheet applications, and report creation.
- Must be able to respond to and initiate communication with college/program employees, staff of other institutions, outside agencies, enrolled families, and the general public
- Must be able to exhibit cultural humility when working with staff and families from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds
- Must be able to prioritize unplanned but required duties with ongoing confirmed deadlines. Must be flexible and able to negotiate priorities according to program needs while considering rules and process requirements
- Current Food Worker Card and Pediatric CPR/1st Aid
JOB READINESS FACTORS (working conditions such as environmental factors, mental and physical demands, willingness issues of the position):
- Must be able to work under stressful situations and manage stress appropriately
- Must be able to accomplish repetitive tasks while maintaining a high level of accuracy
- Must be able to work independently and exercise appropriate judgment
- Ability to perform regular sanitation/cleaning of the classroom that may require the use of a broom, carpet sweeper, mop, vacuum, and the use of cleaning products
- Must be able to transport self to home visits and off-site trainings and meetings
- Must be able to climb stairs and walk over uneven surfaces, walk or run quickly, kneel or sit on the floor, lift approximately forty (40) pounds (only on an emergency, as-needed basis), sit in a child's size chair, and move quickly from multiple positions and levels
- Required vaccines: TDap, MMR
- Must show a negative TB Test and obtain a health provider statement showing free of communicable diseases
- Cleared Portable Background Check through DCYF
PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Ability to report to work at scheduled times; position may require some evening scheduling. Work is performed in an office setting and also in clients' homes. The ability to sit at a desk/computer station and perform detailed tasks involving repetitive arm and hand movements, such as data entry, is essential. Operation of standard office equipment such as a PC/terminal, electronic calculator, copy machine, and multi-line phone system is required. The ability to move over uneven surfaces and exhibit sensitivity while in clients' homes is essential. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are essential.
40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with occasional evenings.
Salary range: Beginning salary is $3294 - $3701 per month for 40 hours per week, with incremental increases to $4286 per month plus a full state benefits package, which includes tuition waivers for college classes, medical, dental, retirement options and more. Vacation and leave package includes 12 sick days per year, 10 scheduled holidays, 1 personal holiday, 2 personal leave days, and 14 vacation days per year (incremental increases to 24 vacation days per year).
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:
All applicants must apply online. No paper submissions or emailed materials will be accepted. Your online application must include the following documents in order to be complete:
- Responses to supplemental questions (part of the online application). (These questions reflect the required and desired qualifications and are used in the screening process. Please provide thorough responses.
- Current resume.
- Names and contact information for three references.
- For veterans' preference, please scan and attach your DD214, Member-4 Form.
- Complete, sign, and submit Declaration Regarding Sexual Misconduct
EEO/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENT:
Edmonds Community College is an equal opportunity employer and assures equality of treatment in educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (gender), disability, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may call 425-640-1470 and accommodations will be made to the extent reasonably possible. The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities.