Part of the nationwide Healthy Families America initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America, Healthy Families of Northern Virginia Family Service offers comprehensive support and guidance, through home visitation, to new and expectants parents. The mission of Healthy Families is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. The Family Support Specialist (FSS) initiates and maintains regular contact with families, primarily in their homes; establishes trusting relationships with families and assists in strengthening parent-child relationships. All NVFS employees are expected to demonstrate the organizational values and sensitivity to the diversity of the organization’s client base.
Essential Job Duties:
- Conduct client home visits on a regularly assigned schedule with the goal of establishing a trusting relationship in accordance with Healthy Families America Best Practice Standards.
- Prepare appropriate activities for home visit using approved evidence-based curriculum and other supplemental materials.
- Prepare appropriate activities and facilitate group socialization experiences and field trips for families.
- Provide appropriate parenting modeling, education, and other supportive services as outlined in the Healthy Families America Best Practice Standards.
- Conduct developmental screening and evaluations using such instruments as ASQ-3, ASQ-SE-2, and HOME with families.
- Make referrals to other services as needed and work with other community providers to provide collaborative services to clients.
- As needed, use bilingual skills to facilitate communication between participant families and other program staff, providers, and/or partners.
- Prepare documentation and maintain client files in accordance with program requirements and NVFS guidelines.
- Enter data for record keeping and reporting to meet federal/state/program guidelines.
- Participate in regular supervision with Program Supervisor, providing regular updates and preparing case presentations.
- Maintain current own level of knowledge on program software and other information on early childhood programs.
Qualification and Additional Requirements:
- High School graduate or GED; college coursework preferred.
- Infant Mental Health endorsement preferred.
- Experience working with or providing services to children (aged 0-3 years) and families.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; demonstrated ability to enter and retrieve data using computer systems, systems applications, and other office equipment.
- Must be able to lift up to 10 lbs.
- Must be comfortable with undesirable home conditions and being around pets/animals/other items in homes.
- Successful completion of background checks required upon hire.
- Valid U.S. driver's license.
- Within a 37.5 hour workweek, needs to have the flexibility to make evening and/or early morning home visits two days per week in order to accommodate clients’ schedules.
Working at Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) means doing work that matters every day because of the difference you will make in the lives of children and families in Northern Virginia. NVFS’ breadth, depth and scope of services offer the resources and support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential and fully contributes to a thriving community. NVFS is a private, non-profit human service organization 400 employees, 6,000+ volunteers, and various offices located throughout Northern Virginia. Serving nearly 35,000 children and families, our program areas include housing and emergency services; nutritional, physical, and mental health services; early childhood education, foster care and child placement services; family reunification, youth intervention and prevention services; job training and entrepreneurship programs services; and legal services. Our employees are the heart of the organization, and we pride ourselves in the diversity of backgrounds and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers.
This description is intended to describe the essential job functions and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a person so classified.
Northern Virginia Family Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant.
How to apply
The Hiring Manager will contact you directly if your qualifications and experience appear to be a suitable match and you are selected for an interview. If you do not see a position that is right for you at this time, we hope you will revisit us to learn about future opportunities.