Children’s Home & Aid invites you to join our team of mission-driven staff who share a common vision: an equitable world where all children and families thrive in strong communities. As a leading child and family service agency with more than 20 locations across Illinois, our mission is to advance the well-being of children by investing in families to disrupt the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social and economic inequality.
Our full-time staff receive competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including a paid leave accrual rate that starts at two weeks annually and grows to more than five weeks of paid time off each year. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for fostering an inclusive work culture where we can be our authentic selves, where we create and have equitable opportunities, and where our voices are supported and encouraged.
The Healthy Families Home Visitor is a critical member of the agency’s prevention and family support programs, providing comprehensive, long-term home-visiting services within a strength-based, family-centered model to high risk expectant parents and families with young children. As a Home Visitor, you will assess the strengths and needs of children and families, partner with parents to establish family and child development goals, and support families in expanding their support systems, including providing parenting support and facilitating parent support groups.
Staff are be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit proof of their vaccination status before their start date unless they have an agency approved medical or religious exemption. Staff with an exemption will need to provide proof of weekly testing. For more information about our COVID-19 safety practices, please click here.
What you’ll do:
- Meet regularly with expectant parents and families with young children (birth – 5) in their homes to complete assessments, develop goals, and provide services aligned with the strengths and needs of the child and family.
- Provide observations of parent-child interactions, including assessing for effective communication and empathic responses, and engage parents in reflective dialogue on the developing parent-child relationship.
- Assist parents in forming community connections aligned with service goals, including referral and linkage with providers of early intervention, mental health, health care, and other supportive services.
- Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with key community providers.
Who you are:
- You have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Child Development, or a closely related field.
- You have at least one year of experience working with families with children under the age of 5.
- You are adept at communicating effectively – both in writing and verbally. (The ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish highly desirable.)
- You have expertise in child development and parent-child relationships, and the ability to relate to families from a strengths-based, family-centered service model, even in an apparently chaotic family environment.
- You have a strong belief in and comfort advocating for the nurturing, non-violent discipline of children.
- You are able to attend in-person family visits and meetings in DeKalb County, IL, and you have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and a reliable vehicle.
- You enjoy working autonomously but also value working with a team to reach shared goals.
- You collaborate effectively and enjoy developing relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
- You value data and rely on it to drive meaningful change and improved outcomes.
Location: Hybrid (remote/in office); provide in-person, home- and community-based services in DeKalb County, with the opportunity to work from our DeKalb office or your preferred remote location between meetings and events.
Schedule: Full-time, hourly; general business hours with some flexibility required for evening family visits and special projects
Salary: Range starts at $33,000, offers are commensurate with experience and bilingual candidates may receive additional financial compensation.
Noncash benefits: Medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off plus 11 paid holidays, supplemental insurance options, 401(k) with match (more benefits details here)
- 1 year(s): Experience working with families with young children.
- Bachelors or better in Social Work or related field
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
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