Strong Start seeks a full-time Bilingual Parent Educator. Strong Start is a community education program that offers support services to help strengthen families that live in Travis or Williamson County. The Strong Start program aims at increasing the knowledge and awareness of child development, encouraging positive discipline techniques, by using evidence based curriculum (Triple P or Nurturing Parenting) to address the challenges the family is facing directly in their home. This Parent Educator is responsible for the delivery of prevention services to eligible families in the greater Austin community, and will also provide services to eligible children, via the Children Support Services.
- SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
About this position:
- We need you to fill the role of Bilingual Parent Educator. This is a FULL TIME, EXEMPT position at our Rathgeber Village Campus. Although your office would be located there, you will be on the road most of the time, visiting families in their homes and out in the community. The salary for this position is $40,080 - $41,600, dependent on experience. A bilingual stipend is included in this range.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, all in-person client interaction has been suspended temporarily, with parent education sessions completed virtually.
- Assist caregivers in identifying strength-based parenting goals to meet needs and overcome barriers of parenting.
- Implement assessment tools with caregivers and children to identify strengths and challenges to better assist in achieving parenting and family goals.
- Provide individual parent education during home visits and/or group-based parent education classes using an evidence-based curriculum. Provide one-on-one and/or group therapeutic social emotional learning to eligible children.
- Connecting clients with various outside agencies, community resources and services when needed.
- Make sound decisions that help the client progress towards self-identified goals, while ensuring the safety of everyone, including reporting all concerns of alleged or validated child abuse and/or neglect to the Program Manager, and possibly to the CPS Child Abuse Hotline.
- Maintain accountability through weekly supervision with her/his supervisor which ensures the Parent Educator is maintaining client files, using measurements for client success, keeping up with data entry and assessing outcomes/outputs.
- Display a high level of resiliency by adapting to necessary changes or unforeseen circumstances in programming and helping clients remain on track with personal goals in times of crisis and setbacks.
- Effectively consult and collaborate with various community entities and SAFE professionals to provide holistic services to the client as a team.
- Attend trainings, workshops, and conferences for professional development.
- Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood development, social work, or a related field. MA degree in social work, counseling, therapy, or a related field preferred.
- Have 2 years of experience working with vulnerable or at-risk families, including direct work with children.
- Must be able to clearly and accurately communicate to convey information using both the Spanish and English language, verbally and in writing.
- Is knowledgeable of healthy childhood development, the impact of abuse/neglect/trauma on development, and the signs/symptoms of abuse and neglect.
- Have valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and insurance as a driver.
- Is available to provide parent education sessions on evenings and/or weekends (as needed).
- Is knowledgeable of various community resources and services that may benefit families served and is able to effectively collaborate with various entities for the benefit of the client.
- Is able to establish and maintain professional boundaries while providing supportive services.
- Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
- Being able to clearly and accurately communicate to convey information using both the Spanish and English language, verbally and in writing, preferred.
About our benefits:
- Full-time employees receive employer paid health insurance, short-term disability, and life insurance. *
- Optional dental, vision and pet insurance. *
- 403(b) retirement plan with an employer match, and 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 3 Personal Holidays, 7 Paid holidays, and more*
- We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.
- All SAFE employees are eligible to enroll their children in our Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Program (ages 3 months to 5 years, space permitting).
*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc.