healthy families resource specialist

healthy families resource specialist

The Children’s Trust is on a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. We give parents the tools and resources to build self-confidence and gain lifelong skills to ensure children grow up safe and healthy. Our proven programs reflect a fierce commitment to empowering families at the earliest stages and prove the vicious cycle of reoccurring abuse can be stopped.  We are seeking an individual for the Healthy Families Resource Specialist position to join our team and help make a difference for children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Healthy Families Resource Specialist will provide technical assistance and support to Healthy Families supervisors and coordinators, as part of the Healthy Families MA (HFM) Resource Specialist team, coordinating with others on the Healthy Families or Children’s Trust team, as needed. Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 Motor Vehicle Operator’s license is required.

Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  Provides support and technical assistance to supervisors and coordinators in at least two Healthy Families MA (HFM) regions:

  • Participates in the development of technical assistance materials for supervisors at HFM sites
  • Participates in developing agendas, presentations, and materials for HFM supervisors and coordinators, including HFM New Supervisor Orientation, Supervisor PDS Orientation, and Supervisors Intensive trainings
  • Develops and delivers technical assistance and support to supervisors in at least two HFM regions, including shadow supervision sessions and Supervisor Support Forums
  • Participates in management and activities of the HFM Supervision Think Tank
  • Actively participates in HFM Resource Specialists team meetings and functions
  • Coordinates activities with other HFM and Children’s Trust staff as needed

2.  Supports activities to build capacity in supervision and program coordination for home visiting programs in MA, including HFM and other evidence-based home visiting models

  • Participates in developing agendas, presentations, and materials for supervisors and coordinators, including Supervisor Network and Coordinator Support Forum

3.  Participates as a member of the HFM Implementation Team including:

  • Participating in planning and facilitation of HFM training and meeting sessions
  • Attending weekly HFM Implementation 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 HFM programs
  • Plans, develops, and participates in statewide Coordinator meetings and other forums
  • Reviews analysis of data of program implementation statewide, as needed

4.  Manages a slate of special projects

5.  Provides outreach and support to HFM program sites to community agencies and regional offices of state agencies, as needed

6.  Performs other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of Healthy Families America model or other evidence-based home visiting programs and principles of family support, reflective practice, and Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Experience in supervision within long-term, evidence-based home visiting services and/or human services
  • Experience in community based, family support services; and/or long-term home visiting services
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in community based, family support services; and/or 2 years in long-term home visiting services
  • One year of supervision within long-term, evidence-based home visiting services or human services required
  • Experience in or knowledge of early childhood development
  • Educational experience in the fields of human services, management, nursing, education, child development, social work, public health, public policy, or administration preferred.  
  • Knowledge of social determinants of health and theories of social justice
  • Ability to deliver training with fidelity to trainees with a diverse range of experience and education
  • Ability to manage multiple aspects of program implementation  
  • Ability to develop training curriculum and integration materials  
  • Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression
  • Ability to communicate bi-lingually a plus
  • Experience teaching and working with youth, young parents, or parents
  • Ability to engage tactfully with others
  • Ability to establish rapport with others
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others
  • Ability to understand, explain and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities  
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement
  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information
  • Ability to work independently needed
  • Knowledge of the methods of general report writing
  • Knowledge of the methods used in the preparation of charts, graphs and tables
  • Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations
  • Ability to gather information by examining records and documents and by questioning individuals
  • Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures
  • Ability to determine proper format and procedure for assembling items of information  
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Ability to supervise projects, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of people involved and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluation; determining individual training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating people to work effectively; including determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of office management
  • Knowledge of types and uses of general office equipment

How to apply:

Please apply at the MassCareers Job Opportunities website.