Healthy Families Home Visiting Program Specialist

Healthy Families Home Visiting Program Specialist

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

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 Massachusetts Home Visiting Program Specialist position to join our team and help make a difference for children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Home Visiting Program Specialist (HVPS) will provide program and contract management and program development support to Healthy Families (HF) program sites, serve as a liaison to the programs to Children’s Trust and act 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 HFM team members and participates in program activities with state, federal, and private agencies. The HVPS reports to the Assistant Director of Home Visiting.

Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  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

2.  Provides supervision to Children’s Trust interns, as applicable

3.  Assists, as needed, the Healthy Families Resource Specialists in providing support to supervisors and coordinators

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

  • Providing information on regional issues and effects 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

5.  Provides outreach and support to HF program sites to community agencies and regional offices of state agencies

6.  Works collaboratively to support HFM and home visiting implementation with state and private organizations

7.  Performs other duties as needed


Preferred Qualifications: 
  • 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
  • Experience or knowledge of early childhood
  • 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 types and uses of general office equipment
  • Knowledge of the methods used in the preparation of charts, graphs and tables
  • Knowledge of the methods of general report writing
  • Ability to understand, explain and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
  • 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 to with established procedures
  • Ability to determine proper format and procedure for assembling items of information.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables.
  • Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequences.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and communicate effectively in oral expression
  • Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
  • Ability to speak publicly to audiences of various sizes
  • 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 disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.
  • Ability to establish rapport with others
  • 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

Questions regarding this posting may be directed to Jillian Auerbach in Human Resources at jillian.g.auerbach@mass.gov.

How to apply:

Please apply at the MassCareers Job Opportunities website.