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Black Parent Initiative

Organizational Background: The Black Parent Initiative (BPI) is a maturing, parent-centered organization.  Our mission is to inspire and mobilize Black parents to ensure their children achieve educational excellence. We accomplish our mission by applying the optimal health principles based on the Pyramids of Power (African based approach) in conducting parent and caregiver educational sessions; holding support groups; and providing families with culturally specific trainings. We help families access critical services through strategic partnerships that allow for the overall stabilization of the family unit.  All of BPI’s work focuses on achieving these 5 key program outcomes: Positive Cultural Identity, Family Health & Wellness, Family Stability, Positive Parenting, Cognitive & Social/Emotional Development & Education.


Position Objective: The Family Resource Specialist- Intellectual Health focus- is responsible for the development and delivery of culturally specific programming that contributes to the intellectual optimal health and stability of parents and their children, who come make contact with BPI and the Black Family Resource Center (BFRC). Working with BPI partners under the direction of the BFRC Coordinator; this position is responsible for ensuring that effective programming is delivered to parents and individuals that lead to their successful engagement in supporting their children’s academic success, and to their own intellectual and educational development.  He/she will work with other BFRC and BPI team members to promote and facilitate optimal health attainment of all BPI families in all areas- intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, socio-economic, relationship.


Essential Job Responsibilities:

·    Develop culturally specific strategies, materials, and classes to promote optimal intellectual health of Black parents and their children- through cultural experiences, education, advocacy development, and mobilization opportunities

·    Provide individualized coaching and support for parents to minimally address: 1) effective engagement and home-based support for their children’s academic success, 2) stable housing and income security, 3) family stability, and 4) positive cultural identity

·    Ensure accurate data is collected for all classes, groups and events hosted by the BFRC

·    Recruit volunteers and instructors for BFRC offerings

·    Assist in compiling and maintaining parent contact lists

·    Contact and motivate parents to participate in program activities

·    Work in partnership with other BPI staff to create timely marketing materials

·    Distribute BFRC course and event information to community partners and agencies

·    Facilitate social media postings

·    Advise the BFRC Coordinator of various incentives for parents to attend classes and other BFRC events

·    Develop partnerships with individuals and organizations within and outside of the Black community to create opportunities to strengthen educational achievement and growth for Black children and their parents- particularly in the areas of literacy and STEAM

·    Work within the Black Family Resource Center team to develop resources and opportunities for Black families to improve their health and well-being in all areas- intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, socio-economic, relationship

·    Work with staff throughout other BPI programs to integrate comprehensive optimal health resources, services, and opportunities into all programming for families served by BPI

·    Participate in staff development activities and professional growth opportunities for the purpose of keeping current on new information, innovative ideas, and techniques

·    Maintain a variety of records and/or documents confidential and nonconfidential (e.g. parent contacts, student records, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or ensuring documentation for future reference in accordance with administrative requirements

·    Perform other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by BFRC Coordinator for the purpose of fulfilling the needs of the organization programs


Essential Qualifications:

·    Bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work, human development, human services, education, business, or related field

·    Experience with event planning and execution, and large group facilitation

·    Experience with developing collaborative partners and building relationships with constituents in the community

·    Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills

·    Self-motivated leader who can work independently, as well as, part of team

·    Ability to handle multiple complex tasks with a high level of organization and attention to detail in a deadline-driven environment

·    Strong knowledge of computers and fundamental technology (i.e. in focus projectors, laptop computers, DVD players, Microsoft office software, etc.)

·    Must have understanding of Word and Excel

·    Highly motivated with strong results-orientation and ability to effectively collaborate with others and drive projects to completion

·    Strong writing skills

·    In depth emotional intelligence: demonstrated self-awareness, accurate self-assessment, sensitivity and empathy, openness, reliability and consistency

·    Self-awareness and consciousness of one’s own cultural and racial identity

·    Ability to self-reflect and take feedback

·    Ability to anticipate and solve problems, have attention to details

·    Experience in social service environments

·    Ability to independently plan and document ones work activities

·    Valid driver’s license and transportation

·    Demonstrated understanding and respect for diverse families’ economic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds and situations

·    Patience, flexibility, and strong listening skills

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