Friends Center is an early childhood education center providing year-round, full-time care for children ages 3 months to 5 years. We offer a child-centered, hands-on learning experience in a safe and nurturing environment. At the Center, children learn through creative play and a wide range of developmentally-appropriate activities. We are a non-sectarian organization whose value-based curriculum is guided and enhanced by its foundations in the Quaker principles of community, equality, peace, simplicity, truth and stewardship. As a cooperative organization, parents and teachers at the Center work together to create a diverse and supportive community. Our mission is: educate children, empower families, inspire teachers, engage community, embrace diversity.
Position Summary: Friends Center for Children is looking for Social Worker who will partner with parents to enhance their child’s physical, social, emotional and educational development. The social worker will support parents in building positive, caregiving relationships with their children while honoring each family’s home culture, language and self-identified needs. A Friends Center Emotional Well-Being Coordinator will provide educational and support services to enrolled families with children and Staff members with the support of a Supervising LCSW and the Administrative Team.
Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: FTE - Non-Exempt
Salary Range: $40,000 - 60,000 dependent upon qualifications
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Purpose: To promote the mission of Friends Center by providing professional mental health support to children, families and staff members, with outreach to the community.
1. Operate within an Emotional Well-Being team structure with EWB program coordinator and
● Participate in 1 hour of supervision weekly
● Participate in 5 hours of team meetings weekly
2. Support children and families
● Identify needs and resources
● Provide 1-1 support to children
● Counsel parents seeking parenting skills, employment, education, housing, food security, transportation, awareness of trauma, stressors & resources
● Collaborate to build school-family connections; make home visits
● Organize opportunities for parent education
3. Support classroom teachers and milieu
● Consult with teachers to individualize the program to accommodate children’s needs
● Guide trauma-informed assessments of behavior and the choice of interventions
● Support developmentally appropriate expectations and structure in the classroom
● Model interpersonal skill-building and emotional regulation techniques
● Collaborate re: methods of supporting emotional intelligence and social skills
● Provide well-being information, short-term counseling and referrals for staff members
● Support Professional Growth Plans in the area of emotional well-being.
● Oversee Staff Support Program
4. Outreach to the community
● Develop wrap-around referrals for children, families and staff
● Support the development of new resources as needed
● Supervise social work and human service interns
● Promote balancing the well-being of the individuals and the institution
● Provide human service outlook regarding policies and procedures
● Contribute to staff development and community messages re: cultural oppression, bias, peaceful play, safety protocols, staff cooperation and climate, ethics, relationship building/repairing, team-building, emotional intelligence, diversity, Quaker foundations and practices.
● Foster safety awareness and practices
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and must possess the following minimum qualifications:
Education: Masters in Social Work
● 6 years of post-master’s experience preferred
● Fluency in English and Spanish preferred
● Knowledge of child development, parenting and family systems
● Clinical experience with children/families
● Supervisory experience
● Practice in an educational milieu preferred
Skills and abilities:
● Strong interpersonal skills and excellent organizational and time management skills
● Demonstrate an understanding of team approach and communication
● Contribute to a positive atmosphere and demonstrate positive interactions with patients/families and colleagues
● Develop and utilize community resources
● Develop content for staff training/professional development
● Track behavior, develop individual plans, and document observations
● Link with clinicians for wrap around care
● Provide parenting education opportunities
● Supervise interns
● Support classroom by modeling, 1-1 care for children in need,
● 2 Gen work: supports parents with housing, transportation, food insecurity, services, etc.
● Counsel parents and staff
● Foster social emotional learning (RULER)
● Vision and hearing within normal range so as to be able to provide sight and sound supervision.
● Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs.
● Travelling up/down flight of stairs, standing and sitting for long durations, typing for continuous hours on a computer keyboard, and reading information on a computer