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Family Support and Connections Specialist

El Programa Hispano Católico, Gresham, OR, USA 97030

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Close Date: 01/24/2018

El Programa Hispano Catolico: Community Strengthening Programs

Family Support and Connections Specialist

Part- Time Position (26 hours a week) Non-exempt

Funding guaranteed for one year

Reports to: Community Strengthening Programs Director


Family Support and Connections (FS&C) programs through DHS Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are intended to prevent the need for future child welfare services and to assist Clients in moving towards holistic family stabilization using a comprehensive array of life skills, parenting training, and support services.

FS&C programs are intended to promote nurturing and attachment. Outcomes or indicators associated with nurturing and attachment include parenting behaviors that ensure a child's basic needs for safety, health, learning and socialization are consistently met, and positive, responsive parenting interactions with their children that are likely to lead to secure attachment and bonding. This position is stationed in and receives referrals from DHS Branch Offices in District 16 (Washington County). This position is stationed with DHS in Washington County and will require monthly travel to Gresham EPHC site for agency meetings.


Assist with Implementing an effective outreach and referral system including assisting with outreach efforts to families.
Make initial contact with referred families within two (2) business days of receiving a referral; and make a secondary face-to-face appointment within one (1) week of the referral.
Utilize DHS approved Client forms.
Complete a written strength-based Family Assessments with Clients.
Create and implement Family Plans in collaboration with Clients and DHS.
Provide Family Services and Home Visits to assigned families as described below.
Complete and collection the Protective Factor Survey and Family Satisfaction Survey for each family served by EPHC.
Enter client information into the DHS PFS database.
Assist in collecting evaluation plan outcomes monthly.
Identify Clients who need Emergency Services and Flexible Funds based on DHS eligibility criteria, and refer to the IRCO Program Coordinator to process payments.
Organize and maintain records and documentation per agency and contractual requirements in a confidential manner.
Enter client data and case notes in agency database.
Participate in program and agency meetings.

Adherence to El Programa Hispano Catolico policies and procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Detailed Description of Services:

Prevention for At Risk Families

FS&C includes activities that work with the community and families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Examples include home visiting programs for new parents, diversion programs for at-risk families, and parent support groups. FS&C will provide primary and prevention services.

Primary Prevention

Primary prevention consists of activities that are targeted toward the community at large. These activities are meant to impact families prior to any allegations of abuse and neglect. Primary prevention services include public education activities, parent education classes that are open to anyone in the community, and family support programs. Primary prevention can measure knowledge and attitude changes (not necessarily behavioral) when attempting to impact something before it happens, an unknown variable.

Secondary Prevention

Secondary prevention consists of activities targeted to families that have one or more risk factors including families with substance abuse, teen parents, parents of special need children, single parents, and low-income families. Secondary prevention services include parent education classes targeted for high-risk parents, respite care for parents of a child with a disability, or home visiting programs for new parents


Must be bilingual (Spanish/English) and bi-culturally competent.
Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing in Spanish and English.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
Experience and knowledge working with a broad range of issues affecting Latinos/Communities of Color in the community.
Experience in facilitating parent education classes.
Experience with community networking and organizing.
Demonstrated experience in facilitating and delivering trainings and presentations.
Intermediate proficiency in all programs of Microsoft Office; experience with data entry.
Demonstrate judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential matters.
Must be able to organize and prioritize work, be proactive, take initiative, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner. High attention to detail required.
Willingness to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities.
Strong analytical and strategic problem-solving skills.
Ability to work well in team setting, as well as independently; be flexible and adapt well to different dynamics in a fast paced work environment.
Ability to support organizational and program specific mission and goals.
Ability to lift 40 pounds.
Must have driver's license, ability to obtain automobile insurance at levels required by agency (100/300/100).
Satisfactory results from civil, criminal and motor vehicle background check required.

COMPENSATION: Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Competitive benefits package, including: 100% employer paid health insurance (employee portion), disability, life insurance, paid time off, 12 paid holidays, retirement plan and more.

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter at:


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