Volunteers of America SW
  • 21-Nov-2017 to 20-Jan-2018 (PST)
  • El Centro, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

About us:

For nearly 120 years Volunteers of America has been the charity to step forward and help the most vulnerable in communities across the United States. Volunteers of America, Southwest inspires hope through its ministry of service by providing individuals and families with the tools they need to improve their quality of life. We operate twenty-eight human service programs in the areas of education and social development of young children, treatment and rehabilitation, housing, veterans and aging services. Each year, more than 13,000 lives are changed through our services. Our programs are located in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. To learn more visit us online at www.voa-swcal.org.

Job Opportunity:

Under supervision by the Home Base Coordinator, the Home Educator leads and shares responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing the care, development, and education of typically and atypically developing infants and toddlers (birth - age 3) with other staff for home based services. This position is accountable for implementing quality early education and care program and developing positive relationships with children, parents, and families.

 Job Qualifications:

  • An Associates Degree in early childhood development or a Child development associate permit that is appropriate to the ages of children being served in the Center, or a State awarded certificate that meets the criteria of the child development associate.
  • 0-3 years of relevant experience in a variety of areas including: direct care of children between birth and 3 years of age, parental involvement or participation, classroom management, curriculum and program planning and implementation for infants and toddlers, family support services, and assessment of individual children's development.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply independent judgment in situations involving children with parent and community involvement. Experience with families and staff from diverse cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds required. 
  • Ability to successfully pass fingerprints and criminal investigation screening. Must have valid driver's license and must meet insurance guidelines established by the Corporation. CPR/First Aid certified. Obtain a TB test and a health screening and meet all pre-hiring requirements as defined by contract specifications.
  • Must have the ability to read, comprehend, give and follow instructions. 
  • Must have ability to read, write and speak in English. Bilingual in Spanish helpful.
  • Must be computer literate and have experience with Microsoft Office products.

 Job Duties:

  • Visits and documents each home on caseload weekly for a minimum of 1 and hours to provide parents with resources and education on the care and development of their child.
  • Observes, assesses and documents in case files individual children's and parent-child dyad's development and interactions.
  • Completes plans using monthly goals and objectives, the agency's community assessment, and parent input and goals to meet the individual need of each child with considerations for his/her interest, abilities, disabilities, and individual style and pace of learning.
  • Provides, at a minimum, two group socialization activities per month for each child.
  • Plans for continuity of care through regular and consistent visiting schedules.
  • Maintains records on all families. Completes and submits reports in a timely fashion. Meets regularly with Program Supervisor to share relevant information.
  • Plans and develops, with parents, an individualized program for the family.
  • Encourages and supports parents' involvement and shared decision-making in carrying out their parenting goals and the goals of their individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  • Contacts parents in a timely fashion when unable to keep a home visit appointment. Make arrangements to make up canceled appointment.
  • Plans and conducts child education activities with the parents that meet the child's intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs.
  • Documents and reports all suspicions of domestic or child abuse, neglect, or child endangerment to Program Supervisor. Follows-up as required.
  • Works with the parents to strengthen the family's knowledge of child development, including assisting parents to understand how children grow and learn.
  • Promotes parent-child bonding and nurturing parent-child relationships through modeling developmentally and culturally appropriate interactions and communication.
  • Uses a variety of materials found in the home when conducting home visits.
  • Assists parents in strengthening the families' knowledge of health and nutrition.
  • Integrates health and nutrition education into the program.
  • Coordinates with other staff and parents, health screenings for family members and health information and referrals as needed.
  • Participates in meetings with experts in disabilities and health, and with other appropriate personnel, to plan and implement the IFSP.
  • Maintains a well-organized and clean work environment. Ensures the cleanliness of all educational supplies used with infants and toddlers on home visits.
  • Strives for continuous professional growth by participating in self-assessment and annual performance reviews, continuing education, attending appropriate work related trainings, and workshops asking for feedback on work performance, and reading job-related materials.
  • Maintains confidentiality in all communications, both written and verbal, about children, parents, staff, department, and agency at all times Establishes a climate of acceptance that supports and respects gender, each child's individual personality, physical characteristics and traits, culture, language and ethnic characteristics, family structure, developmental needs, and behaviors.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Please apply to our website at:   https://voaswcal.applicantpro.com

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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