Position/Title: Bilingual Parent Educator (English/Spanish)
Position Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Reports To: Program Manager
Growing Home is dedicated to creating a thriving and equitable north metro Denver one family at a time. Our participant-centered approach to strengthening families, nurturing children and connecting community fills a critical gap for families and children who are experiencing immediate and long-term barriers to stability and success. Through evidenced-based programs, we improve outcomes for children, their parents, and their community. Our model makes us a leader in the two-generation approach to poverty alleviation and community equity.
Mission: To guide children and their families on the path to a brighter future.
Vision: We envision our community working together so that all children and their families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Core Values: Respect, Effectiveness, Learning, Collaborative Leadership, Professionalism and Inclusiveness.
Position Description: A certified Parent Educator implements the Parents as Teachers (PAT) model, emphasizing parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being in their work with families. Utilizing the PAT Foundational Curriculum in culturally sensitive ways, the Parent Educator partners, facilitates and reflects with families. This is accomplished by providing education in the form of personal visits, group meetings, screening, and linkages to a network of resources for parents and children.
- Attend Foundational and Model Implementation training for certification for kids 0-3
- Attend Foundational 2 certification for kids age 3-5
- Provide parent education through regular personal visits implementing the Parents as Teachers Foundational 1 and 2 Curriculum
- Assess family’s needs and provide developmentally appropriate information, guidance and support to parents
- Work with the PAT team to organize monthly Discovery Time Group Activities
- Represent the Parents as Teachers program at various community events supporting families and/or young children
- Coordinate services with other Growing Home and community programs offering resources to parents and their young children
- Engage in recruitment activities (as applicable)
- Plan, provide and document personal visits focused on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being
- Use the PAT Foundational curriculum to share research-based information with families
- Provide referrals to Discovery Time (group socialization) to give families an opportunity to build social connections with each other, engage in parent-child interaction activities, and increase their knowledge of ways to support children’s development
- Work with the PAT team to help plan, coordinate, and facilitate Discovery Time (group socialization)
- Maintain and submit in a timely way all required family and program documentation to meet program fidelity requirements
- Organize supplies and materials needed to complete home visits, etc.
- Participate in at least 2 hours of reflective supervision monthly and at least 2 hours of staff meetings monthly
- Obtain competency-based professional development and renew parent educator certification annually
- Participate in continuous quality improvement
- Attend monthly staff and team meetings
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, social work, psychology, or a related field is preferred but may be substituted with five years of supervised employment working directly with young children and families
- Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in English and Spanish required
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills (e.g., nonjudgmental, objective, reflective, empathic, patient, tactful)
- Ability to establish rapport with families and empower them by building on their strengths
- Strong organizational and record keeping skills
- Ability to work independently and be self-motivated (work is often away from the office)
- Computer skills; including web browsing, e-mail, Internet, and word-processing
- Ability to complete the Parents as Teachers Foundational and Model Implementation Trainings before delivering PAT services
- Familiarity with issues surrounding family poverty
- Commitment to working with diverse people and families
- Provide services in a culturally appropriate/sensitive manner
- Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
- Demonstrate ability to work as an effective team member
- Maintain current certification as a Parent Educator by completing the required professional development hours for years of service
- Valid Colorado Driver’s License and proof of valid vehicle insurance
Salary and Benefits:
- $17.79 per hour, full-time, non-exempt
- Health and life insurance
- Employee wellness program
- Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays
- Optional 403(b) plan with 5% match after 12 months
- Positive, friendly workplace culture
- Growing organization; ongoing opportunities for professional growth and development
- Unlimited coffee and delicious snacks provided
Start Date: Immediate
Please send a resume, cover letter to email@example.com with Bilingual Parent Educator (English/Spanish) in the subject line.