• Greater Bergen Community Action

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Family Worker - Home Visitor

Title: Family Worker - Home Visitor

Reports to: Associate Director of Education & Associate Director of Family Services

FLSA: Exempt


Position Summary:

The Home Visitor serves as the lead person in the home based program. The home visitor is responsible for providing all services to the family and as a liaison between all other departments and the home based child/family. The home visitor is responsible for introducing, arranging and/or providing Head Start services.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Learns and adheres to the philosophy and mandates of Head Start and Early Head Start as outlined in the Performance Standards and the Policies and Procedures of the Greater Bergen Community Action

  • Understands how children develop and learn in a variety of contexts and provides opportunities that support their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development

  • Provides 1 home visit per week with each family each visit lasting no less than 1 ½ hours with a minimum of 32 visits per 12 months

  • Provides 2 group socialization activities per month with a minimum of 16 per year

  • Assists parents in making use of the home as the child’s primary learning environment

  • Provides learning opportunities to enhance child’s growth and development

  • Prepares weekly lesson plans in advance in preparation for Home Visits/Home Based Option services

  • Builds upon the principles of adult learning to assist, encourage and support parents as they foster growth and development of their children

  • Conducts Home Visits over the course of the month that must contain elements of all Head Start program components

  • Participates in the ASQ-3 and/or any other assessment tool required by the agency and/or any other regulatory body

  • Meets with supervisors to discuss progress, observations, program planning, professional development, and plans for specific training as needed

  • Maintains current and accurate records as required by the program and for insuring confidentiality

  • Maintains written and oral weekly contacts with families, all contacts to be well documented in appropriate files for families enrolled in home based option

  • Attends pre-service and all staff meetings as well as any other additional meetings deemed appropriate and necessary by supervisor and/or any other member of the administrative team

  • Participates in the implementation of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) if requested

  • Establishes and maintains a harmonious relationship with fellow staff and parents

  • Communicates clearly and concisely in English, both orally and written

  • Operates a computer and other standard office equipment to meet the demands of the position

  • Is punctual and adheres to the work schedule assigned

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with management, clients, representatives of community organizations and other staff members

  • Maintains continual collaboration and communication, both formally and informally, with clients’ assigned family worker

  • Assumes and performs any other additional assignment as directed by the supervisor and/or administration in order to ensure the effective servicing of the families in our care

  • Knows and understands how education research and other methods of inquiry can be used for continuous learning, self-assessment and development

  • In the event of an emergency situation, the Family Worker is to notify the Social Service Specialist immediately. If the Social Service Specialist is not available, the Family Worker is to notify the Associate Director of Family Services

  • Responsible for the overall safety of each child in the GBCA HS/EHS program

  • According to the New Jersey mandated reporting guidelines, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR). If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873)


Qualifications:

1. Infant/toddler CDA credential

2. Valid New Jersey Driver’s License preferred

3. Must have own vehicle to provide home-based services


Knowledge of:

1. Principles and practices involving the implementation of developmentally appropriate methods and practices;

2. Applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to preschools and child care;

3. Cultural, and socio-economic issues relevant to providing appropriate services to special population groups;

4. How student learning is influenced by individual experiences, talents and prior learning, as well as language, culture, family and community values

5. Characteristics, uses, advantages, and limitations of different types of assessments (criterion-references and norm-references instruments, traditional standardized and performance-based tests, observation systems and assessments of student work) for evaluating how students learn, what they know and are able to do, and what kinds of experiences will support their further growth and development;

6. Writing filing and maintains concise and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials.



Physical & Mental Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand or bend; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone, use hands to find, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms to lift up to fifty pounds. Specific vision

abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will also work outdoors with children during some part of the day during each season.


Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skill; read and interpret date, information, and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; perform work on multiple, concurrent tasks and constant interruptions; and interact with management, staff, clients, state representatives, and other encountered in the course of work.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee may have occasional contact with abusive and/or physically violent clients. If the employee works in a typical office condition, the noise level is generally quiet. If the employee works in a classroom setting, the noise level, at times, will be above a standard noise level.





AAP/EEO Statement

Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



To Apply Contact: GBCA Inc., Human Resources 392 Main St. Hackensack, NJ 07601 or

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE

and Email along with resume to humanresources@greaterbergen.org or Fax to (201) 342-9339


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons.

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