Family Support Specialist (Part Time)

IRCO - Portland, OR (30+ days ago)3.8


IRCO is seeking a Healthy Families Family Support Specialist to match the needs of the priorities set forth by Early
Learning Division. This position will provide parental support and education through the early years of the child’s life
so children will grow up to be emotionally secure and safe, healthy, and more school-ready. Provide parenting skills,
child development monitoring, early learning activities, and linkages to community resources.

Home Visits (53%):

• Apply working knowledge of parent-child interaction, child development, and the dynamics of child
abuse/neglect to help families improve parenting skills, reduce stress, meet family needs

• Teach and model problem-solving and coping skills by providing support and education and/or by referring
them to appropriate community agencies

• Assist parents in making and attending medical and social service agency appointments
• Teach, model and encourage appropriate parent-child activities, often involving floor play
• Perform regular developmental assessments (including mild, age-appropriate interactive floor activities)
• Assist clients with applications for other programs/resources, such as medical or financial assistance

HV Preparation, Follow-up, Documentation, and Travel (35%):

• Establish case plans with goals, objectives, and activities to meet individual families’ needs
• Prepare curriculum, activities, referrals, etc. for next home visit
• Record weekly client observations, activities, and demographic data as required
• Act as a liaison and advocate between families and other community agencies
• Complete monthly reports; complete and submit data as requested

Supervision and Training (12%):

• Participate in 1.5-2 hours per week of reflective supervision with Supervisor
• Attend regular staff meetings, team meetings, trainings, and other meetings as required
• Special projects as assigned by Healthy Families Supervisor or Children Services Department Manager
• Maintain regular communications with program and agency staff
• Attend community meetings/events as program representative, as requested

QUALIFICATIONS:

• High School Diploma/GED required, Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Early Childhood Education
preferred

• Knowledge of parenting education and assessment, infant and child development, nutrition, preventive
health care, home visit techniques, and community resources and partners

• An ability to engage with challenging families, build trust and use strength-based approach
• Acceptance of individual differences
• Open to reflective practice (i.e. have capacity for introspection, communicate awareness of self in relation

to others, recognize value of supervision, etc.)
• Project a professional company image through in-person and phone interactions
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs
• Experience in working with or providing services to children and families
• An ability to establish trusting relationships
• Experience and willingness to work with the culturally diverse populations
• Infant mental health endorsement preferred

Physical Demands of Position:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly
required to be able to:

• Talk, hear, stand, walk, and reach
• Type, sitting or standing behind a computer, for several hours at a time
• Lift materials/equipment weighing up to 30 pounds
• Operate general office equipment
• Use laptop, cell phone and/or other mobile device to exchange information within travel areas

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications are accessible on the IRCO website, www.irco.org or IRCO’s main office, 10301 NE Glisan,
Portland, OR 97220, 503-234-1541. Attach resume and cover letter to IRCO application form. This position
requires the completion of an IRCO application. Materials submitted without a completed application are
considered incomplete and will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications received, we will
not be able to contact each applicant. We may not be able to return calls regarding the status of your
application. If selected for an interview, we will contact you by telephone.

ABOUT IRCO:
The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a non-profit organization established in 1976
to serve immigrants, refugees, and the broader community in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to promote the
integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive
multiethnic society. Find out more at www.irco.org.

IRCO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER