Employment Opportunities

Job Description: Part-Time Parent Educator

The Parent Educator will work closely with the PAT Supervisor to achieve the goals of Jasper County First Step’s Family Strengthening Program.  The purpose will be to improve the readiness of children and families within the county so that children will enter school ready to succeed.  The goals for this position will be to implement a Parents as Teachers Program with families whose children are at risk for school failure in Jasper County. 

Qualifications:  BA Degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Social Science or related field (minimum AA degree or equivalent experience).  Previous experience working with families and young children, 0-5 years old and an ability to speak English and Spanish is preferred.  Knowledge of parenting and child development as well as local health and human service systems within Jasper County is necessary. 

Desired Skills Needed for Parent Educator:

  • Good communication skills –oral and written
  • Good listening skills- knowledge of active listening would be helpful
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse populations
  • Broad knowledge of Social Services and Early Childhood Education to include specific understanding of developmentally appropriate practice and domains of development of children birth to age six
  • Become certified in PAT (Parents as Teachers Curriculum)
  • Become certified in KIPS (Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale)
  • Become certified in ACIRI (Adult-Child Interactive reading Inventory)
  • Knowledge of Computer Basics
  • Flexibility of work hours to attend evening and weekend events, meetings, training, etc.

Duties of the Parent Educator may include any or all of the following:

  • Screening/Assessing family applications or referrals for information needed/requirements for participation
  • Calling or visiting prospective applicants to clarify information and to explain requirements of First Steps 
  • Write Individual Family Support Plans to include family goals and goals for children with participating families and update every six months
  • Develop timelines with participants to complete goals for families
  • Assist families with training needs/parenting meetings
  • Coach participants to maximize the possibility of success for each goal on the IFSP
  • Follow-up with documentation of ongoing monitoring of plan and revision of plans as deemed necessary
  • Report to PAT Supervisor the compilation of quarterly report data to send to the State First Step office
  • Research and locate resources to help staff and selected participants meet their goals
  • Plan and provide training events for Parents as required by PAT 
  • Screen children for developmental delays
  • Assist PAT Supervisor and other office personnel in general office duties such as purchasing supplies, preparing mail-outs, cleaning office, etc.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to dhylton@jasperfirststeps.org by January 22, 2021.