Job Title: Child/Parent Specialist
Center Name and Location: The Women's Safe House (Confidential Location, City of St. Louis, MO)
Job Information: The mission of The Women’s Safe House is to provide safe shelter and transitional living services to battered women and their dependent children and to empower women to make informed choices about their futures.
The Child/Parent Specialist is responsible for providing quality, comprehensive support and services to children and youth residing in The Women’s Safe House shelter. The Child/Parent Specialist is also responsible for assisting members of the case management team and parents in meeting the needs of their children and enhancing parent’s role as the primary influence on their children’s overall health, safety and well-being.
Description of Duties:
• Provides personal support/respite care for mothers during designated hours and extended hours when needed to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect.
• Conducts child Orientations and Intakes.
• Documents observations and notes on each child’s progress as needed.
• Facilities children’s groups during pre-determined curriculum and collects outcome data as assigned.
• Supports implementing a structured program for children residing in the shelter.
• Works with all TWSH staff, as assigned, in accordance with the “The Women’s Safe House (TWSH) Provision of Services Flow Chart” which will assist victims/survivors at the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness.
• Serves as a primary for ensuring the environment remains emotionally and physically safe; this includes but is not limited to rotating developmentally appropriate toys and activities to meet the needs of the children in the Children’s Residential Program, routinely sterilizing toys and surfaces, etc.
• Answers the Crisis Intervention Hotline during lunch, meetings, etc., as assigned.
• Accurately tracks work hours and compiles/completes time-keeping records and reports as required.
• Provides other duties as assigned related to supporting battered women and their dependent children in a trauma-informed manner.
Requirements and Skills:
• Bachelor’s Degree in education, Early Childhood Development, and/or relevant experience.
• Experience in working with domestic violence and at-risk populations.
• Must adhere to TWSH policies, procedures, and standards including, but not limited to, confidentiality assisting victims of crime and similar practices.
• An ongoing commitment to providing trauma-informed services to Crisis Intervention Hotline callers, program participants and others.
• Respect for diversity.
• Ability to respond to crisis and network with other service providers.
• A deep appreciation and understanding of the issues of trauma and domestic violence.
• High level of empathy, flexibility and comfort providing support and advocacy to people experiencing domestic violence.
• Willingness and ability to convey warmth, compassion, respect and non judgment to people experiencing domestic violence.
• A commitment to answer the Crisis Intervention Hotline, on average, two hours per week.
• Must have own reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
• Ability to adhere to safety policies, procedures and practices including, but not limited to wearing rubber sole shoes when lifting and carrying items.
How to submit a resume: This is a part-time, nonexempt position at 30-32 hours per week that requires some evening and weekend hours. Please submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org; no phone calls, please.