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Early Childhood Specialists – 2 Full Time Temporary positions – Newark Office

SUMMARY

The Essex Pregnancy and Parenting Connection (EPPC) is responsible for working with local partners and families with developmental concerns and/or child welfare involvement to ensure positive service linkages that improve outcomes for vulnerable families of infants and young children.  EPPC is seeking to two full time, temporary Early Childhood Specialists (4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020) who have a strong background in early childhood development and an understanding of the parent-child relationship.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITES

  • Work closely with Early Childhood Systems of Care programs to help link families to the most appropriate and available services.
  • Provide developmental guidance and promote developmental screening (Ages and Stages Questionnaires) for families and make referrals as needed to services.
  • Strengthen and align the local-level infrastructure to ensure coordination and collaboration in delivering effective community-based services for the infants, children, parents, and families identified through intake. Work collaboratively across NJ DCP&P and county-level Central Intake, and with community systems partners (including parents/families).
  • Complete required documentation Submit monthly/quarterly progress reports addressing process and outcome indicators that will help determine strengths and areas needing improvement.
  • Maintain confidentiality of client data.
  • Participate in DCF quality improvement and evaluation activities.
  • Represent EPPC during grant-related meetings and participate as a regular member of EPPC and PCA-NJ in agency activities.
  • Assist with other early childhood activities and other duties as assigned by supervisor

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in maternal-child health (MCH), infant/early childhood mental health, parent/family support, and/or related fields and settings.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop trusting relationships with families and partners.
  • Ability to translate complex MCH and early childhood concepts into parent-friendly language.
  • Awareness of cultural diversity and its impact on planning and provision of services.
  • Excellence in written and oral communication.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to problem-solve.
  • Full understanding of the roles of core MCH and early childhood partners.
  • Infant Mental Health Endorsed (IMH-E) or pursuing a plus
  • Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.

OTHER CONDITIONS: Routine travel within Essex County and occasional travel within New Jersey will be necessary.

 TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position, why you are a strong candidate for consideration, and salary history and/or expectations to [email protected] In the subject line be sure to include “Early Childhood Specialist”.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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