Mountain Resource Center - Family Educator Position

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Posted: 11/22/2022

Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt 

Hours: 20 hours per week 
Rate: $20.00 per hour 

Vision: Inspiring Hope, Resilience & Independence. Mission: We strengthen our community with services that empower people.

Scope: Mountain Resource Center is a community-based non-profit organization that provides accessible health and human services to families living in Conifer, Evergreen, Bailey and surrounding communities in order to foster more self-reliant and healthier lives.

Position Summary: As part of the Early Childhood Family Education department a family educator will be involved in teaching and facilitating family-centered classes that emphasis the five protective factors, Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parent and Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need and Children’s Social and Emotional Development. Our classes, Outdoor Adventure (OA), Circle of Parents (COP) and Incredible Years (IY) offer all family members learning opportunities in a supportive environment. Children in our early childhood classes range from infant to 6 years old in all our programming, including OA, COP and IY, staff interacts with both parents and children. Early education curriculum is set by the family education team. This provides nurturing and age-appropriate curriculum that includes, but is not limited to, mindfulness, nature activities, music, art and more. Circle of Parents is a support group meeting weekly facilitated by a family educator. We strive to develop protective factors by discussing the successes and challenges of raising children. An Incredible Years Educator implements the IY model, emphasizing parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being in their work with families. Utilizing the IY Foundational Curriculum in culturally sensitive ways, the family educator partners, facilitates, and reflects with families, in an in-person group setting. As a Family Educator at Mountain Resource Center, this position provides an opportunity to support a family through all programs. Educators work as a team to support parents and help children achieve the readiness skills for either a more formal preschool experience or kindergarten.

Essential Functions:
  • The family educator will complete the Incredible Years Foundational and Circle of Parents Training as part of Orientation Process (all training paid for by MRC).
  • Teach IY, OA and COP classes, which includes lesson planning, classroom set-up, and parent/child evaluations and assessments.
  • Facilitate parent education and discussion groups.
  • Develop, monitor, and review goals of IY Families.
  • Use the IY Foundational curriculum to share research-based information with families.
  • Provide group connections to give families an opportunity to build social connections with each other, engage in parent-child interaction activities, and increase their knowledge of ways to support children’s development.
  •  Maintain data entry of all necessary information on families served in Salesforce database.
  • Provide support to families through case management, including SNAP application assistance, updating, and administering the Colorado Family Support Assessment (CFSA). Providing families with referrals for MRC programming and partner agencies.
  • Provide referrals to partner organizations in the community. Including, but not limited to, medical, dental, mental health services, and/or other educational programs that serve families. • Stay current with relevant community resources.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of clients’ information.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Remain current on IY parent educator training as needed.
  • Participate in continuous quality improvement.
  • Maintain and submit, in a timely way, all required family and program documentation.
  • Organize and inventory supplies/materials, etc.
  • Participate in staff meetings with Family Educator Lead weekly.
  • Partner with other departments in providing agency wide programs.
  • Support agency outreach programs and collaborate to market early childhood programs. 
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Accountabilities-
The Family Educator demonstrates the following:
  • Dedication to working with 0-6 aged children and their parents.
  • Ability to facilitate group discussions.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Creativity and flexibility.
  • Ability to follow through with assigned duties.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to multi-task, problem solve and work in a team.
  • Willingness to accept feedback and adapt accordingly.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Participation as an MRC team player by attending staff meetings and other organizational events and willingness to share knowledge and skills with others.
  • A professional, positive, and polite attitude and relationship with other MRC employees, volunteers, clients, and customers.
  • Understanding and agreement to follow all policies, procedures & protocols as set forth in the MRC Employee Handbook, MRC Employment Policies Manual and other directives.
  • Conformance to a drug-free workplace, not be under the influence of alcohol and/or other illicit drugs of abuse.
  • Firm boundaries, strong organization skills, and attention to detail Minimum Qualifications and Expectations.
  • Preferred Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, social work, health, psychology, or related field is recommended (or equivalent degree outside of the US), or two-year degree or 60 college hours in early childhood or a related field with a minimum of two years’ previous supervised work experience with young children and/or parents.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills (e.g., nonjudgmental, objective, reflective, empathic, patient, tactful).
  •  Ability to establish rapport with families and empower them by building on their strengths.
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated (often in the field).
  • Computer skills; including web browsing, email, internet, and word-processing.
  • Proof and maintenance of proper legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or willingness to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Offer contingent on successful completion of background check.
Compensation/Benefits:
  • Generous Paid Time Off after 90 days of employment.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Short-term and long-term disability.
  • Life insurance benefits.
  • 401k with match
How to Apply: Submit cover letter and resumes to the Chris Johnson at chris@mrcco.org. No phone calls, please

Position Type: Part-Time

Salary Range: Hourly