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healthy families program specialist

Healthy Families Program Specialist   

The Home Visiting Program Specialist (HVPS) will provide program management, program development support, and contract management to Healthy Families (HF) program sites. This position also serves as liaison to the programs from the Children’s Trust and acts as a conduit for general information requests as well as HF-specific issues and concerns. The HVPS provides program development information as part of the HF Implementation Team, works collaboratively with all Healthy Families Massachusetts (HFM) team members, and participates in program activities with state and private agencies. The HVPS reports to the Director of Home Visiting


  • Provides program implementation support to sites
  • Serves as a liaison to the programs for the Children’s Trust, and acts as a conduit for general information requests, as well as HF-specific issues and concerns.
  • Provides program development information as part of the HF Implementation Team
  • Participates in program outreach activities
  • Provides supervision to a Home Visiting Program Manager and interns, as applicable


  • Provides program and contract management and program development support including:
  • Review and monitoring of program budgets and billing consistent with the program model, program contracts and procurement guidelines, including contract negotiation, and capital budget review
  • Monitoring of program performance consistent with the program model including off and on-site technical assistance for HF sites regarding program implementation
  • Planning and participation in site visits for review of program progress, including documentation review of all program records
  • Preparing and reviewing analysis of data for review of program implementation statewide
  • Provide support on the implementation ensuring programs to meet quality assurance standards
  • Plan, develop and deliver any other training and technical assistance for program sites to ensure knowledge and understanding at all levels of the program model
  • Provides supervision to a Home Visiting Program Manager and interns, as applicable
  • Assists, as needed, the Healthy Families Resource Specialists in providing support to supervisors and coordinators
  • Participates as a member of the HF Implementation Team including:
  • Providing information on regional issues and impacts on program implementation to ensure all issues are considered in program planning
  • Attending weekly team meetings and reporting on progress of sites to identify technical assistance needs and program challenges
  • Participates in development and review of policies and strategies for HF programs
  • Participates as appropriate in Evaluation Team meetings
  • Plans, develops and participates in Statewide Coordinator meetings and other forums
  • Provides outreach and support to HF program sites to community agencies and regional offices of state agencies
  • Works collaboratively to support HFM and home visiting implementation with state and private organizations
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications at Hire (knowledge, skills, abilities)

  • Experience in community-based, family support services; and/or long-term home visiting services. 
  • Experience in supervision within human services
  • Experience working with youth, young parents, or parents
  • Knowledge of Healthy Families America-model or other evidence-based  home visiting programs
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of office management
  • Knowledge of the methods used in the preparation of charts, graphs and tables and reports.
  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to understand, explain and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
  • Ability to gather information by examining records and documents and by questioning individuals.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluation; determining subordinates’ training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for and recommending or initiating disciplinary action.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement.
  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information

To apply, please visit MassCareers Job Opportunities.