FAMILY SUPPORT SPECIALIST
IN-HOME SERVICES PROGRAM - FAMILY PRESERVATION / REUNIFICATION
Southwest Human Development and the In-Home Services program are pleased to offer employment opportunities for Family Support Specialists. We are actively seeking bachelor’s level candidates with a passion for helping children and families (bilingual preferred) to become part of our team.
Our In-Home Services program provides intensive, supportive services for families referred by the Department of Child Safety due to allegations of child abuse or neglect. Our goals are to preserve and reunify families and keep children safely in the home with their families whenever possible. Each family is assigned a team consisting of a Family Counselor (therapist) and Family Support Specialist who work closely together to address families’ needs, visiting families several times per week in their homes. Services are provided throughout Maricopa County.
Together, the team provides nurturing parenting skills training and child development education with an emphasis on bonding and attachment, home and life management skills, and linkage to community resources while continually assessing for safety. Our Family Support Specialists focus on parenting and resource development, while our therapist provides individual, couple, child or family therapy to address a wide variety of issues which impact child and family well-being - including trauma, substance use, mental health, parent-child relationships, coping skills, communication skills, etc. Family Support Specialists also complete comprehensive assessments, develop service plans, write weekly reports, use evidence-based parenting interventions as well as assist in care coordination and aftercare planning. Services are brief (up to 120 days) and are, therefore, intensive.
Position Qualification Requirements:
-Bachelor’s degree - Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Education, Child Development, related human services field
-Preferred experience - working with children (all ages) and families in the child welfare system; working in home visiting programs, working with economically disadvantaged and culturally-diverse populations.
-Must have some knowledge of child development, parenting education, family dynamics and community resources.
-Must work well within a team, including multidisciplinary teamwork (child welfare, mental health, nursing/medical, juvenile/adult justice system); must possess excellent organizational skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.); must have flexibility in scheduling (some evening and weekend work required depending on clients’ schedules).
-Valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card without restrictions preferred - OR - must qualify for a valid Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.
-Must have reliable transportation for conducting home visits throughout Maricopa County; must have valid driver’s license with no revocation or suspension of license within the last three years.
The position is offered full-time with an excellent benefits package as noted below. Southwest Human Development is an equal opportunity employer.
Employee Assistance Program
Flexible Spending Account
401(k) Retirement Plan
Paid Sick Time
Ongoing Professional Development and Training