Family Worker

    • Job Tracking ID: 85434-343680
    • Job Location: Newark, NJ
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 27, 2022
    • Years of Experience: 3+
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

New Community Corporation in Newark, New Jersey is one of the largest and most comprehensive community development agencies in the country; New Community’s success rests on its comprehensive approach to community development. It is active in housing, health care, education, job training, childcare and economic development. It has provided training to community development professionals from around the country and the world, having hosted representatives from more than 20 countries throughout the years. The goal of New Community is to help community residents improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.

Within the framework of the New Community Corporation’s Early Learning Centers’ Program’s purpose and philosophy, the Family Worker is responsible for coordinating services for children and families in compliance with standards set by the school district. A primary responsibility of the Family Worker is to connect the parents and the community with the Early Childhood Program (i.e., the child care center).

  • Establish a healthy positive relationships with parents and children, and serving as liaison between the Early Childhood Program and the home
  • Schedule initial home visit with parents to begin process of establishing positive working relationship
  • Conduct a minimum of 3 home visits annually with a maximum of 12 visits annually with each family to teach the Parents-as-Teachers curriculum to parents
  • Provide monthly parent support groups
  • Maintain regular contact with teachers and supervisor about child’s activities in the program
  • Share pertinent information with parents, teachers and supervisor ensuring confidentiality rights of parents are respected
  • Knowledgeable of community resources and being able to help families make linkages to needed social services (i.e. health services, Kid Care, Family Care, health education, social services, educational, legal, housing and counseling).
  • Complete Social Service Assessment to identify needs of program children and their families
  • Identify needs as expressed by the family, make appropriate referrals, complete necessary paperwork, and provide transportation, if available, and follow-up for assurance of services
  • Assist all families in enrolling in Kid Care/Family Care and utilizing existing coordinated services such as the Children’s System of Care
  • Coordinate and integrate support services for children and their parents
  • Prepare and distribute community resource list
  • Follow up with all referrals to ensure linkage
  • Conduct post referral evaluation
  • Develop a working relationship with program staff on developing programs that promote healthy child development and increase parental involvement; establish, coordinate and support parent participation in program Parent Committee
  • Coordinate and support parent participation in program parent activities
  • Attend parent meetings with parents and assist other center staff in meeting activities and planning
  • Help provide information and training to parent volunteers
  • Provide case management services to families served by the program
  • Collect current information for application process including proof of residency, proof of income, immunization records and health forms, as required by DYFS Licensing requirements, prior to program admission
  • Maintain current working list of emergency numbers of children.
  • Responsible for directing sick care of child until child can go home in the absence of the Nurse
  • Submit written monthly reports on enrolled children’s attendance.
  • Insures safe, secure and enriching experience for the children by offering supportive guidance to teaching staff
  • Serve as a resource for teaching staff by providing information about community opportunities for the staff, the children and their families.
  • Review with the parents and guardians the policies and procedures in orienting the parents to the functions of this program.
  • Attend and participates in parent/teacher conferences when requested by the Director, Educational Supervisor, the teacher or the parents.
  • Attend and participates in group conferences conducted by the Center and uses the opportunity for further professional growth.
  • Work within the structure of the agency in carrying out its functions, policies and practices as established by the Director and the Board of Directors.

Experience and Skills:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent, Bachelor preferred.
  • High School or GED with at least 3 years’ experience in child care or social service setting working with children and families