Company Description: Berkshire County Head Start is a non-profit organization that provides early childhood education and care. Our organization offers a half-day pre-school program in 6 sites throughout Berkshire County. In North Adams, Pittsfield and Great Barrington we also provide full-day child care services for families while they work, go to school, or look for employment.
Additional Business Name: Berkshire County Head Start
Home Based Visitor
To Commensurate With Experience
The Home Visitor provides weekly services to families in their natural environment, as well as group socialization classes onsite to create community connections for both parents and children. One of the main objectives is to help families develop and reach realistic and achievable long- and short-term goals, engaging them in assessing their needs and strengths, and supporting them in taking actions to reach their goals.
This position is responsible for evaluating and monitoring children under the age of three to identify educational needs. The Home Visitor develops an educational program and provides weekly visits with activities to achieve quantifiable results in the child's development.
The Home Visitor is trained to deliver the Growing Great Kids curriculum and applies a strength-based approach to cultivating nurturing parent-child relationships and supporting healthy childhood development. This position is also trained in the Strengthening Families model, designed to help prevent child abuse and neglect, as well as support optimal healthy growth and development in children.
The position independently manages a caseload, communicating and scheduling appointments directly with families, and is responsible for providing transportation to and from appointments
The Home Visitor also works with other staff in providing and facilitating family engagement activities and community events.
Effective Home Visiting
• Schedules weekly home visits to engage families as full partners in their own and their children’s development and learning
• Individualizes approaches to working with families by drawing on a sound understanding of family development issues and the unique needs of each family
• Builds families’ and children’s self-esteem by drawing on cultural strengths (e.g., family-child bond, extended family, health and nutrition practices) to influence child-rearing skills and to foster positive family interactions
• Helps children develop emerging skills and practice existing ones by providing families with current information about how children learn and equipping parents with the tools and know-how to foster their children’s development and learning
• Supports families in fostering safe, healthy, and nurturing home environments by demonstrating and applying knowledge of the issues they face (e.g., housing, employment, access to services)
• Advocates for and secures community services and resources by maintaining constructive communication with a range of organizations and community service professionals
• Helps families advocate for themselves and their children with schools, community agencies, and systems by providing them with current and accurate lists of available resources and services and building their ability to articulate their needs
• Helps families access and follow up on treatment, support, and intervention programs by explaining screening and assessment results that require follow-up, initiating referrals, supporting the family in scheduling appointments, and following up to determine results
• Works with other community professionals serving the family by involving them and the family in developing a meaningful plan for advancing their goals, by sharing family information (with written consent) with other service providers, and by identifying resources to support the plan’s implementation
• Follows up on the effectiveness of family referrals to community resources.
Family Education and Involvement
• Plans and offers productive socialization experiences for children and their families by employing appropriate curriculum, schedules, and routines in collaboration with the family
• Supports families in pursuing their interests and goals by encouraging them to enhance their own and their children’s learning through multiple opportunities in the program and greater community
• Encourages families’ involvement in program decision making by informing them about various groups (e.g., policy group, service area advisory committees), extending personal invitations to meetings, arranging necessary transportation, and debriefing with families after meetings
Observation, Analysis, and Documentation
• Engages in a process of goal-setting and the development of Individual Family Partnership Agreements.
• Tracks family’s progress in accomplishing the goals developed in partnership with them by reviewing goals with the family and documenting achievements. Maintains accurate and complete records in accordance with all federal, state, and local requirements.
• Monitors children’s progress per the goals developed by self and other staff and specialists, including those in IFSPs/IEPs, by observing and documenting children’s play, conversations, and work samples at home and during socializations and through conversations with families
• Communicates regularly with the FCE Manager regarding family goals and progress; submits required reports to the FCE Manager.
• Assist with screenings and other child assessments as needed and communicate with families regarding results and any needed follow up services.
• Contributes to program reports to local, state, and federal officials and funders by entering and providing accurate data related to role and responsibilities
• Applies program policies in work with families and the community by being knowledgeable of the program’s documents and policies and by knowing from whom and when to seek guidance on policy clarifications
• Ensures family confidentiality by limiting conversations about families and access to their records to those directly involved in providing services to them
• Supports program improvement efforts by contributing information to the program’s planning, evaluation, self-assessment, and other program development efforts
• Advances program practice by promoting a positive working environment and working and collaborating other staff to understand and support the adoption of best practices for children and their families
Training & Professional Development
• Establishes and maintains external professional relationships by participating as a member of community, state, and/or national professional organizations.
• Attends regular training and professional development events to maintain knowledge of subject matter expertise as defined by individual professional development plan.
• Attends 4 “all staff trainings” and other trainings as assigned by the FCE Manager
Knowledge & Skills
• Has expert knowledge of and Strengthening Families Framework and can apply the five protective factors in developing and implementing family plans.
• Maintains knowledge of research-based interventions that support family well-being.
• Has knowledge of human development, especially the social-emotional development of children and adults.
• Demonstrates family advocacy, particularly as it relates to ensuring that community resources are aligned and available to meet the needs of families.
• Has a working knowledge or can easily learn required databases and systems
• Is proficient in the most current Microsoft Office Suite programs.
*Reliability: Is utterly reliable, always delivering on promises and maintaining the highest standards of quality
*Integrity: Demonstrates highest standards of integrity, honesty and openness
*Enthusiasm & Engagement: Is fully engaged with the organization's values and goals. Is an enthusiastic ambassador for the organization in areas of influence.
*Teamwork/Building: Participates in team activities that promote effective peer and work relationships. Contributes to a culture of accountability and teamwork with co-workers and leadership.
*BC’s Core Values
Organizational Relations: The degree to which the employee collaboratively works with other internal departments, agencies, and/or outside organizations. The level of response to internal and external requests.
Job Knowledge: The depth and breadth of know-how to perform essential duties and functions of the job. The level of compliance with degree, certification, and training requirements. Understanding of how individual job performance furthers organizational objectives. Willingness to update and expand skills, knowledge, and training.
Community Relations: The level of focus and professional service provided to clients and community partners. The productive relationship with community groups, outside representatives, and businesses within the early education/family advocacy environment. The ability to diffuse problems and maintain a positive image of the organization.
Reporting The accuracy and timeliness of records, documents, and reporting. The ability to create, complete, correct, and maintain detailed records. Compliance with established reporting policies and deadlines.
Interpersonal Relationships: Develops and maintains strong, genuine, trusting relationships with a wide range of diverse groups including families, coworkers, community partners and board/council members.
Communication: The ability to effectively communicate with others, both verbally and in writing; the ability to listen and effectively respond. The use of proper written and grammatical skills, and the meaningful application of relevant computer technology.
Tasks involve highly active physical effort: must be able to twist, kneel, stoop, sit on the floor, bend, and sit at a child’s eye level and safely lift up to 50 lbs. Tasks require dexterity in the use of fingers and limbs. Tasks may involve extended periods of time sitting at a workstation and utilizing a keyboard. Must be able to participate and actively supervise children (walking, running, jumping, hopping, kneeling, and bending), as well as assist with the loading and unloading of buses (helping children buckle/unbuckle car seats, manage the stairs).
The majority of tasks require manual dexterity. Tasks require visual and hearing acuity. Tasks may involve identifying and distinguishing colors. Tasks require oral communications ability.
Berkshire County Head Start is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.
Berkshire County Head Start is committed to hiring and providing continued employment to qualified candidates and employees and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. An individual with a disability is qualified if he or she satisfies the skills, experience, and other job-related requirements for a position; and can perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between Berkshire County Head Start and the employee and is subject to change by Berkshire County Head Start as the needs of the organization and requirements of the job change.
Bachelors’ Degree from an *accredited institution in Social Work, Psychology, or a related field.
Minimum of (3) years’ experience in a role in a family services environment
Licenses or other required Certifications
Credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field
Certified to teach Growing Great Kids curriculum
Valid Massachusetts driver’s license and vehicle insurance
Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or a related field. Bilingual in English/Spanish.
A combination of the following education and experience may be substituted for the requirements:
Master’s Degree and one (1) year experience in a role in a family services environment.
*Listed in the US Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs