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Social Worker

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

THE POSITION The Early Childhood Center is seeking a Mobility Mentor/Social Worker to work with low income parents to mentor, coach and facilitate their attainment of improved education, career and financial independence and promote positive parenting and family stability. Mobility Mentoring is the long-term developmental partnership between trained staff and program participants through which participants acquire the resources, knowledge, and skills necessary to attain and preserve economic independence. The Mentor will partner with the Director to develop the program goals and standard operating procedures. As a member of the program management team he/she will be responsible for contributing to the strategic vision of this newly created service and will be tasked with developing reports and metrics to inform the senior leadership in their decision making process. The Mobility Mentoring project will utilize and adapt the model and theoretical framework of the Bridges to Self Sufficiency developed by the Crittenden Women's Union (CWU) in Boston, MA. The Mobility Mentor/Social Worker will assist parents in establishing and attaining their own personal, long term, multifaceted goals to make positive changes in their lives. Mobility Mentoring is an emerging and innovative model that utilizes a theory of change that posits that to become economically independent people must optimize their lives across five domains; family stability; well-being; financial management; education; and career. The position provides the opportunity for a creative, self-starting professional to adapt the model to the needs of a vulnerable population of parents who themselves face a range of challenges often including their own histories of trauma and child welfare involvement. The intervention combines, coaching, engagement in community support services and resources, peer networking support and financial incentives to lead parents to make positive changes across all domains, thereby protecting their children from further toxic stress and trauma and improving long term outcomes for them and their young children. Outreach, Recruitment and Screening of Participants: Work with ECC and Infant Parent Court Project clinicians to identify appropriate and motivated parents. Develop outreach and recruitment materials to explain program requirements and benefits. Mentoring and Coaching: Using a strengths-based focus, conduct assessment to identify individualized goals. Assist program participants to define steps and time frames to meet goals and to identify and problem solve barriers to reaching goals. Coach participants to develop academic, career, financial literacy and life skills that build adult capacity and support economic mobility. Work with participants to maintain consistent engagement in program activities. Maintain regular and ongoing contact with program participants to update goals and steps and provide incentive rewards for goal attainment. Community Outreach and Partnership Development: Research and identify education, training, career and workforce programs and opportunities. Establish collaborative relationships with educational, workforce and social service organizations which can assist participants in working towards their goals. Group Facilitation: A small amount of time may be spent working with participants in groups to develop meeting agendas, identify topics of interest (in areas such as financial literacy, career development, parenting, etc) and develop relevant workshops and information sessions. Foster group leadership, networking and mutual support among members. Develop agendas for group meetings and may be required to coordinate logistics for events. Data Management and Reporting: Collect and maintain participant information and ongoing outcome data; ensure data is properly entered in the data collection software. Participate in reviewing outcomes, data analysis, and report writing. Job Requirements Education and Experience
* Bachelor's degree is required.
* Master's degree preferred in social work, psychology, counseling or related field.
* Minimum of 2-3 years experience in a similar capacity.
* Demonstrated experience providing mentoring to low income populations using strength-based methods and support to engage and retain participants.
* Knowledge of resources related to: career, workforce, education, work supports, public benefits and community services available to families. Skills and Competencies
* Ability to utilize computer applications: Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook as well as data collection software.
* Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
* Effectively manages own time and resources.
* Strong team work, networking and collaboration skills.
* Outcomes -based perspective and ability to modify and adjust strategies and implement program improvements on an ongoing basis.
* Ability to respond flexibly to a fluid and evolving program environment.
* Ability to work collaboratively with participants to maximize self-determination.
* Ability to travel to multiple sites; occasional evenings and weekends may be required. Apply Here:

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