Parent Coordinator, Family Shelters (Ready Set GO!)

Full Time

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City. CAMBA serves more than 65,000 individuals and families each year, citywide, including almost 13,000 youth. Our 180+ programs in over 100 locations improve the lives of a diverse cross section of New Yorkers. From homelessness prevention in Staten Island to supportive housing in the Bronx; from employment training in Manhattan to after school programs and college access in Brooklyn; from family shelter and support in Queens to increasing affordable housing across the city, CAMBA provides holistic services to help struggling New Yorkers stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) engages and enables parents with children ages 0-3 in active learning to keep their children on track in the years leading up to formal schooling.   Through a private grant, CAMBA is able to provide parents and children with educational resources including children’s books, development toys and blocks for early learning.  Resources for new mothers include breastfeeding support, breast pumps, bras and nursing pillows.  Providing these necessary items builds confidence and helps engage new parents in RSG activities. These include weekly ‘Circles of Support’ that are intimate group meetings of Moms and their babies which includes educating mothers on early learning and the importance of playtime that will keep their children on track. These sessions reduce stress within the family by providing a time for laughter and joy which carries beyond the session time.  Participants have noted the value of meeting other parents and children interacting with other children, and the overall support it has provided during difficult circumstances. The program’s focus is ensuring parents feel and express the joy of parenting which is indicative of successful parenting, and is especially critical for those parents having mental health or other challenges. Our goal is to give parents these tools and experiences while they are living in shelter, so they continue good parenting practices once they have moved to permanent housing. The end goal is to ensure children meet milestones for language development and build the foundation for both home and school learning.

Position: Parent Coordinator

Reports To: Senior Vice President

Location: Landing Family Shelter (94-00 Ditmars Blvd Queens, NY 11369)

                   Kings Inn Family Shelter (87-02 23rd Ave., Queens, NY 11369)

What The Parent Coordinator Does:

  • Help parents with the subsidy needed & availability of local daycare service, and/or educate parents on Head Start/Early Head Start.
  • Ensure parents are aware of and planning to enroll their children in pre-K.
  • Ensure all parents are aware of WIC and enrolled if eligible.
  • Support the internal DARE (Data Analysis Research & Evaluation) team on tracking immunizations, pediatrician and well-baby visits.
  • Plan and facilitate educational presentations regarding maternal health, parenting, child health and development.
  • In collaboration with the social service team, conduct screenings, assist in the preparation of independent living plans, including short-term and long-term participant goals.
  • Evaluate families with the greatest challenges results to identify additional resources needed for parenting success.
  • Provide all required information for weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual reports.
  • For families who need additional but not intensive support, create recommendations/tools to be shared with staff during scheduled training sessions.
  • Consult with others both inside and outside of CAMBA to determine causes of participant problems and effective solutions.
  • Provide group counseling services to assist clients and their families to achieve healthy relationships, emotional stability, personal development and/or adjustment.
  • Monitor clients’ progress toward their goals via regularly scheduled telephone contact and/or face-to-face home and office visits, and document via progress notes.
  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate social/peer support events, including group facilitation for clients.
  • May act as client liaison/client advocate with outside organizations regarding such matters as parenting strategies.
  • May prepare marketing materials for the program.
  • May prescreen clients over the telephone for eligibility and may schedule intake appointments.
  • May assist clients in completing applications for benefits and entitlements and may process applications on clients’ behalf.

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.) and/or equivalent experience.

Other Requirements:

  • Must obtain State Central Registry (SCR) clearance, The Register of Substantiated Category One Cases of Abuse or Neglect aka Staff Exclusion List (SEL) clearance and Criminal history information checks via fingerprinting with New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services prior to start of employment.
  • Ability to maintain clearances throughout the duration of employment.
  • Must be bi-lingual in Spanish

Compensation: $50,000-$55,000 annually
When salary ranges are listed, the range would represent the low and high end for the applicable position & program. The salary offered would be based on various factors unique to each program and candidate. This includes but is not limited to experience, education, budget and/or program size, internal equity, skills and other factors that may be required for the position and organization.

Status: Full-time (35 hours per week)
Benefits
: CAMBA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, paid time off (vacation, personal, and sick time), and paid holidays.

CAMBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation.

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