Home Visitor, SPIRIT

SUMMARY: The Home Visitor works with children and families in the home and in the community to promote positive parenting, prevent child abuse and neglect, and facilitate optimal child development. Using a bio-psycho-social approach, the Home Visitor works to reduce vulnerabilities and promote protective factors in the child, the family and the community. The Home Visitor partners with families to meet their goals and provides case management to help the family access natural supports and resources. The Home Visitor provides written documentation of all client, family and case management contacts, and meets “best practices” documentation standards in writing of notes. This is a full time position, including required paid, on-call hours and deeply embedded in the County of Santa Barbara Behavior Health Program as part of their SPIRIT program. SPIRIT is a facilitated team-based model designed to integrate natural and professional supports to increase permanency and stability for children in their homes. This position is a partner in a team that also includes a County facilitator and parent partner. In the County system, this position is referred to as a Child and Family Specialist.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Completes screening and assessment with clients to assess their strengths and needs.
  • Coordinates with other agencies and affiliates when appropriate to help family with concrete needs and other support.
  • Provides regularly scheduled home visits to work towards treatment.
  • Works well as a member of a team
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information.
  • Maintains cooperative working relationships with parents, families, and clients.
  • Maintains required productivity levels
  • Writes progress notes and completes assessments in a timely manner
  • Attends trainings and conferences as needed or required by program manager
  • Participates in community education and outreach
  • Attends CALM agency staff meetings and weekly team meetings
  • Other duties as assigned that pertain to the position

Additional Duties as part of the SPIRIT Program:

  • Supports the child to improve functioning.
  • Focuses on strengths and builds skills to improve behaviors.
  • Works primarily with youth ages 5 – 21 and provides rehabilitation or therapy.

 COMPETENCIES:

  • Clinical Skills – Using a strength-based approach, builds rapport with clients and family members to support them in improving their mental health and meeting their goals; refers clients to ancillary services, as needed. Client care range shall be 50 – 60%, pro-rated on amount of time designated for client care. Documentation to be completed within 72 hours. Task list not to exceed 5 pending tasks due.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others with tact; reacts well under pressure, treats others with respect and consideration; keeps commitments and accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments; works with integrity and upholds CALM values.
  • Communication Skills – Speaks and writes clearly and informatively; listens to others; works to resolve conflicts and maintains confidentiality; able to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, participants, partner agencies and the community.
  • Initiative – Self-starter; requires minimal supervision; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; is a solution seeker; takes independent actions; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult situations; responds promptly to others’ needs; solicits feedback; promptly responds to requests for service and assistance.
  • Dependability – Can be relied on to meet schedules and deadlines; responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; displays a strong personal commitment to completing projects.
  • Planning & Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; manages competing priorities; uses time efficiently; sets goals and objectives; organizes other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans and takes responsibility for implementing them.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • BA Degree in related field from an accredited university or college preferred with one year experience, or Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited university or college with 2 – 3 years related work experience.
  • Must have some previous experience in the social services sector and/or early childhood education experience.
  • Previous experience working in the nonprofit sector highly desirable.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent verbal/written communication, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Able to work in busy environment, under pressure, without compromising accuracy, attention to detail or courtesy to staff and others.
  • Able to prioritize competing responsibilities, with effective time management skills.
  • Able to demonstrate mature judgment, initiative and critical thinking.
  • Leadership strength, strong interpersonal skills, willing team member and supportive colleague.
  • Flexibility, organization and can-do attitude
  • Must have respect for confidentiality; ability to work with discretion and integrity.
  • Strong computer proficiency, including Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) desired, but not required.
  • Able to work collaboratively and get along well with others.
  • Must have valid CA drivers’ license, clean DMV, and criminal record clearance from DOJ.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to:

  • Stand, walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Drive from one location to another
  • Lift and /or move up to 25 lbs.

HOURS of EMPLOYMENT:

This is a full time position. A 40 hour work week schedule will be established on consultation with the supervisor, evening and weekend hours may apply. The normal work week is Monday – Friday. Normal hours of work will be established between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Salary is depends on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick time, and a 403(b) matching retirement program.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

CALM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE DUTIES OF THIS POSITION AT ANY TIME.

CALM provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, or any other protected classification.

Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume with the title of the position in the subject line of the email to: HR@calm4kids.org

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