Community Worker FRC (2019-75 & 2019-76)
Company: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Location: San Jose, CA
Status: Full Time (2 positions)
Overview Franklin McKinley Children’s Initiative (FMCI):
The Franklin McKinley Children’s Initiative (FMCI) is a collaboration of community members, service providers and stakeholders in government and education in the Santee neighborhood in East San Jose, CA. The mission of FMCI is to transform community awareness and generate the political will to create systems changes that enable families and service providers to affect the change necessary to see Santee thrive.
With the vision of an environment where families are supported in becoming self-sufficient, where they can thrive in safe neighborhoods and where all children graduate from high school prepared for college or career, FMCI relies on this strong network of academic, safety, and economic development partners dedicated to supporting at-risk children and their families.
The mission of FMCI is to transform community awareness and generate the political will to create systems changes that enable families and service providers to achieve its vision of preparing youth for college/career through the development of an educational pipeline. Every FMCI child graduates High School ready for College and Career. A mission is to develop a community partnership that supports children from cradle to career through; 1) Community Schools; 2) Safe and Strong Neighborhoods; and 3) Economic Development.
OVERVIEW Of FIRST5 SANTA CLARA COUNTY (FIRST 5):
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County (FIRST 5) is a local public agency governed by nine Commissioners, individuals representing county government, public health, social services, education, and early care and education. The Commissioners are charged with upholding the intent of Proposition 10 and administering the funds to support and promote programs and services for children prenatal through age 5 and their families. Vision: FIRST 5 Santa Clara County will be a catalyst for ensuring that the developmental needs of children prenatal through age 5 are a priority in all sectors of the community. Mission: FIRST 5 Santa Clara County supports the healthy development of children prenatal through age 5 and enriches the lives of their families and communities. Core Values: Collaboration – We work cooperatively with established systems, services, and the community on common goals to maximize effectiveness for children and families. Innovation – We apply what has been proven to work elsewhere to find fresh solutions to the specific needs of our community. Excellence – We seek to attain the highest quality outcomes, measured against established evidence-based models and best practices and the most credible current research. Accountability – We are responsible and results-driven with the resources the public entrusts to us. Respect – We embrace input and assistance from all facets of the community so we can span all cultures and languages to help every child and family.
FMCI and FRC Initiative Community Workers Lead will provide promotion, prevention and intervention information, resources, and support to families and children through a range of activities focused on school readiness, health, and literacy. The following are examples of activities: Coffee talks, workshops, neighborhood association meetings, facilitating parenting classes and various workshops, brief home visits, fairs, etc. The CW Lead will work to meet deliverables in various Family Wellness and FMCI contracts and grants along with First 5 funded FRC Initiative’s programs. Community Worker Lead will coordinate and lead Community Worker (CW) and Family Resource Center (FRC) activities, set up schedules for FRC programs, organize trainings as needed for CW’s on as needed basis and will be assist the Program manager in day to day functioning of the FRC.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Work collaboratively with Franklin McKinley School and Daniel Lairon Elementary School administrators and staff, and partners in the surrounding community to inform, outreach and engage families and their children in FRC and Franklin McKinley Children’s Initiative programs and services for children prenatal-8.
2. Collaborate with FIRST 5 FRC grantees at Educare and J. Dahl, Los Arboles, and school administrators and staff, and partners within the Franklin McKinley School District to ensure an integrated approach to engaging families and their children in FIRST 5 System of Care, FRC, and school district programs and services.
3. Take the lead to partner with other organizations, agencies and entities (i.e., faith-based, schools, parent groups) to increase the capacity and knowledge of the entire community on the importance of the First 5 years.
4. Organize the information about FRC programs, First 5 and FMCI to be provided as information and resources in the community and ensure that this information is culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate;
5. Deliver and facilitate classes following different curriculums as required by the contracts.
6. Help parents and caregivers identify gaps, barriers, and/or issues that interfere with children’s healthy development.
7. Collect the evaluation and data. Complete data entry of programs on regular basis.
8. Provide outreach, engagement and education activities on weekdays, evenings and weekends as needed.
9. Provide outreach, engagement and education activities door-door, in-home, at information tables/booths, small and large group presentations, informative announcements, and one on one interactions with community members at informal community gatherings (i.e parks, schools, home based day cares, parent meeting, faith-based events), and formal organized health/resource fairs.
10. Willing and able to work with school officials and admin staff to coordinate space and other resources to facilitate series of workshops etc.
11. Participate in required trainings and attend monthly/ weekly team meetings and quarterly trainings, as appropriate.
12. Develop an outreach, engagement and education calendar of scheduled activities.
13. Maintain on-going data collection and reporting forms for all scheduled activities. Make sure all CWs stay on task and are current with all data entry.
14. Provide weekly reports to Program Manager on duties as assigned in work plan or agreed upon verbally.
15. Schedule activities calendar on monthly basis and ensure smooth functioning of the FRC.
16. Complete and submit required data collection and report forms monthly to Program Manager.
17. Attend Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County trainings, meetings, and events as required.
18. Follow directions from Program manager in completing duties as assigned verbally or in the work plan.
19. Work one or more evening from November – June- facilitating children and youth programs for Celebrating Families Program.
20. Complete all other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Must possess or working towards a BA or an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent; Experience in social services in community settings with families preferred and experience working previously with First 5 LTI project a plus.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
• Full English language competent. Usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation
• Ability to work with diverse workgroups and serve families with diverse economic, social, racial, and cultural backgrounds
• Knowledgeable about local community resources
• Ability to establish and maintain personal and programmatic boundaries while providing supportive services
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to individuals who may not share basic commonality, including value systems and behavior norms
• Experience in working with culturally diverse communities and families
• Demonstrate good writing and organizational skill
• Maintain a professional, confidential work environment
• Knowledge of child development and behavior
• Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and multi-task
• Serve effectively as a member of a team internally and externally
• Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
• Serve closely with community members from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds, with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate
• Be flexible, proactive, adaptable and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment
• Be professional, trustworthy, respectful of others, and display a positive attitude
• Knowledge of modern office methods and practices, including filing systems, business, correspondence, presentations and report writing
• Knowledge of the Internet, computer programs, e.g., Microsoft Word, Outlook, Power Point, Excel, etc.
• Fast paced, diverse and dynamic environment
• The service is sometimes physical, requiring setting up for events which may require transporting or lifting cumbersome materials, e.g., easels, flip charts, refreshments, brochures, chairs, tables, etc. Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
• Must be able to report to service site on a regular and reliable basis. Maintain different data bases based on program’s need.
• Must be able to work a flexible schedule, which includes day, evening, weekend, and holiday hours, as appropriate, to coordinate and provide services and activities for families during non-traditional hours. Programs run 7 days a week at times.
• Able to travel between sites and to attend offsite events throughout the county, as appropriate
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, REGISTRATIONS:
• Must possess a valid California Driver’s license, reliable transportation and current auto insurance
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
• Clearance of fingerprint background check
• Must have valid TB screening
• Bilingual language capacity in Spanish/English language a plus
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.
Catholic Charities is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons seeking employment are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.