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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge

NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: August 31, 2021
OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Human Service Programs
Job Title: Family Support Worker, Baby University
Job Code: A806-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 19.5 hours; weekend and evening hours required

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Baby University (Baby U) is an intensive family support program of the Center for Families. It serves Cambridge families with at least one child under the age of 4, with priority given to families living in public or subsidized housing. Through a strengths-based, racial equity lens, Baby U supports families by providing evidence-based parent education, access to local resources and supports, and opportunities to develop community. Parents who complete the program are invited to join the Baby U Alumni Association. The Association offers workshops, discussion groups, family fun events, and one on one services that provide ongoing support and maintain connections between staff and families until their youngest child successfully completes Kindergarten.

The Center for Families values diverse, flexible, creative teamwork-oriented staff members who are committed to serving all families, especially those traditionally under-served. The Department of Human Service Programs is committed to the elimination of racism within our department.

Recruitment

  • With other staff, create, distribute recruitment, and outreach material and recruit families to attend Core Program. Attend outreach events, including housing development door to doors in service areas as needed. With other staff maintain up to date and accurate recruitment binder and assist with recruitment data entry.
  • With other staff, create and organize recruitment spreadsheets for tracking.
  • Schedule home visits with interested families to introduce them to the program and to formally sign-up for the program. Confirm enrollment with families.

 Core and Alumni Program

  • Provide input into the development of workshop and playgroup curricula for the Core Program. Attend trainings to learn and prepare curriculum materials.
  • Facilitate, with other Baby U staff, 15 Saturday parent education workshops and playgroups during the Core Program. Co-plan and facilitate Graduation ceremony
  • Conduct home visits to Core Program and Alumni Association families. Complete and submit home visit notes weekly. Complete family summary report for each Core Program family yearly. Participate in weekly team and consultation meetings and provide ongoing regular updates to the Baby U Family Services Coordinator on all families experiencing crisis.
  • In collaboration with other Baby U staff, plan and facilitate Baby U Alumni Association events including Parent Advisory group.
  • Become familiar with available community resources for children and families.
  • Act as Liaison to specific community resources.
  • With Baby U Program Coordinator, oversee evaluation process including data collection, data entry and analysis.
  • In collaboration with the finance committee process program grants.
  • Provide oversight and assist with upkeep and maintenance of Baby U shared drive.
  • Complete administrative duties as necessary.
  • Complete all other duties that may be necessary.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree in child development or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Minimum of three years' experience working with diverse populations of young children and families required
  • Strong experience with group facilitation
  • Experience with family support, parent education, early childhood education and community outreach
  • Familiarity with family support principles and early education preferred
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse.Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. The noise level is moderately to very loud. It includes classroom, outdoor playgrounds, and occasional field trips.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, walk, and hear. The employee is occasionally required to run, during play or responding to an emergency.  Employees are frequently required to engage with children on the floor and at their eye level.  Employees are frequently required to use their hands and arms to handle and manipulate objects as well as reach. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move a child. Vision abilities are required for supervision of children.

RATE: $21.83-$29.25 per hour

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit both your resume and cover letter via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Review of resumes is ongoing.  Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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