The Family Development Specialist (FDS) will provide intensive in-home one-on-one services to specific identified individuals and families. The FDS will be responsible for a planned caseload as required by the program. Duties will include informal assessment of self-sufficiency needs and general family well-being. The FDS will assist participants in goal setting and providing individual assistance and guidance to participants that will enable them to become self-sufficient. The FDS will be part of the case management team which will meet monthly and provide to the team all pertinent information needed for progress assessment on family goals. The FDS will work closely with all of the Family Development staff and will serve as a liaison to all necessary local human service agencies to insure that the participant’s needs are met. This position is based out of our Marshalltown office but the individual in this role will be working in the Carroll area.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a social sciences or related field is required. Completion of the Family Development Certification within one year of employment is required.
- One year of experience in human services or any equivalent combination of experience and training is required.
- Relate to all participants in a caring, supportive and nonjudgmental manner.
- Responsible for providing program services to a fluid service delivery area.
- Take an active interest in each participant as an individual and deal respectfully with the participant’s thoughts, feelings and choices.
- Provide crisis intervention when required in situations that demand immediate attention.
- Act as a liaison with families, program and social services agencies, and schools in the counties they serve.
- Attend all monthly meetings of case management team.
- Complete necessary assessments with each participant. Consult with supervisor for evaluations. Re-evaluate assessments regularly to recognize progress with participant.
- With participant input, set both short-term and long-term goals with each family. Evaluate progress on goals at least monthly with participant. Recognize goal accomplishment in a positive manner.
- Identify with participant specific services, training needs, health needs and financial needs that the family must have to achieve goals. Advocate for and secure specialized services and resources needed for participant to address identified problem areas. Monitor participant’s progress and assess any barriers or problems that participant may encounter. Follow-through with participant’s input is essential.
- Provide parent education, materials, resources, and referrals to identified families.
- Responsible for all case records and files as required by the Supervisor.
- Attend all agency quarterly training and Community Youth and Family Development staff meetings.
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