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Early Childhood Specialist – Newark

The Essex Pregnancy and Parenting Connection program of Prevent Child Abuse NJ (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 an Early Childhood Specialist with 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 preferred

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

Location: Newark, NJ

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/expectations to [email protected] .  Be sure to include “Early Childhood Specialist” in the subject line.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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