UMOM New Day Centers
  • 15-May-2020 to 2020-07-14 (MST)
  • Child Services
  • $36,000-$40,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

ABOUT UMOM NEW DAY CENTERS

Founded in 1964, UMOM is Arizona's largest provider of services for families experiencing homelessness. Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness using innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual. With an annual operating budget of $22 million dollars, UMOM provides shelter, housing, and supportive services to youth, families, and individuals experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. UMOM serves just over 12,000 unique individuals across all our services annually, including those families receiving support at the Family Housing Hub.

We would not be able to make a difference in our community through our homeless services without our amazing team. We value our employees' time and hard work, which is why we offer competitive pay and exceptional benefits, including medical, dental, vision, a matching 401k plan, company-paid life insurance, an employee assistance program (EAP), health savings accounts, and a health and wellness plan. We also offer 11 paid holidays and PTO accrual from day one. Most importantly, you'll have the opportunity to work with the most passionate team around!

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Children Services Specialist (CSS) is responsible for assisting with meeting the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness in shelter by connecting them with childcare providers, supporting school enrollment/attendance, applying for childcare subsidies, and coordinating exit planning. The CSS will support case managers by providing educational resources including maintaining strong working relationships with school districts, childcare providers, DES, and after-school programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as an ambassador of UMOM's children services strategy by supporting the regular implementation of educational services by program case managers. This includes training and supporting case managers to establish a comprehensive education/childcare plan for each child in the household as part of the family's overall case plan.
  • Meet with all new parents to discuss the educational/developmental needs of their children.
  • Help facilitate parents in completing their DES childcare subsidy applications, and enrollment paperwork.
  • Assist parents with enrolling their children in school or childcare centers.
  • Attend childcare tours with parents to assist in finding the most appropriate match.
  • Complete enrollment visits and appropriate paperwork for new children enrolling in the after-school program.
  • Organize transportation needs of children to ensure school stability in accordance with McKinney-Vento Act.
  • Attend IFSP, Child Study Team, and IEP/504 meetings when appropriate with parents as a support.
  • Identify children in need of intervention by completing developmental assessments and help coordinate, in consultation with case management staff, appropriate community resources referrals.
  • Develop positive and professional relationships with school district staff to ensure that open lines of communication are maintained and provide technical assistance and/or training when asked as it relates to homeless children.
  • Monitor school attendance when necessary and address any chronic attendance issues in partnership with student, parents and case management.
  • Attend weekly case management staffing as it pertains to educational needs of children.

WORK SCHEDULE

Exempt 1: The typical schedule for this position is Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, and is subject to the discretion of the position supervisor.

Exempt 2: The typical schedule for this position is Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, with occasional nights and weekends, depending on the needs of our clients.

QUALIFICATION AND COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS

Experience and Education

  • Bachelor's degree required, ideally in a related field.
  • Minimum 1-year experience working in a licensed childcare facility and/or school district required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional night and weekend shifts as needed.
  • Spanish bilingual preferred.
  • Knowledge of community resources and understanding of education and childcare system is preferred.
  • Knowledge of non-profit sector; experience working with underserved or disadvantaged populations is a plus.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships within a fast-paced, collaborative setting that values diverse opinions; enthusiasm for helping drive change as UMOM becomes a more data-driven organization.

Computer Skills

  • Basic computer literacy required, including, proficient in Windows operating system, Microsoft Outlook, web navigation, typing and text editing, and the ability to learn new software navigation.

 Compliance

  • Valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card or the ability to obtain one
  • Valid AZ driver's license and a driving record that falls within UMOM's policy
  • Vehicle insurance in accordance with UMOM driving policy

ADDITIONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • High level of attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Ability to exercise excellent independent judgment and ownership of decisions
  • Ability to work independently and self-manage to achieve goals while being a strong team player
  • Ability to organize, meet deadlines and prioritize appropriately
  • Willingness to embrace and actively support UMOM's core values

READY TO JOIN OUR TEAM?

If you feel that you would be right for this position, please fill out our 3-minute, mobile-friendly application so that we can review your information. We will contact you to fill out the full application if we are interested in moving forward. We look forward to meeting you!

UMOM restores hope and rebuilds lives by providing shelter, services and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness. Come and join the UMOM team and together we can achieve our mission to end homelessness.

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