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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 Home Visiting Specialist is responsible for ensuring that parents enrolled in BPI’s Home-Visiting program receive quality home-visiting and group-based services that promote positive cultural identity, ensures educational participation and success, and supports family well-being (including healthy birth and parenting, housing and economic stability, safety, successful daily living, and positive social connections). The Home-Visiting Specialist will conduct weekly home visiting program services utilizing the BPI Together We Can model. This person will work with co-workers and community partners to ensure that parents have access to various support services and necessary tools to secure family stabilization and academic success. This person will work to ensure that parents continue their engagement in program services through program completion.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Programmatic Duties

·      Implement the BPI Together We Can home visiting program model, philosophy, practices, and other activities related to the BPI Pre-pregnancy Through First 1,000 Days Initiative

·      Provide home visiting services to families at all program phases

·      Model positive racial identity awareness and practices during interactions with families and community contacts

·      Engage in reflective practices with supervisor and co-workers

·      Make referrals to informal and formal community resources to support family plans and personal/family development

·      Assist with facilitating parent groups (Ubuntu groups)

·      Cultivate community connections that support the TWC program outcome areas

·      Maintain confidentiality within professional ethics

·      Maintain professional ethics in dealing with families, community, and colleagues

·      Participate in staffing’s with referral sources, families, colleagues, and partners

·      Advocate for the rights and needs of families and children when interacting with individuals and organizations in the community

·      Other duties as assigned

Data Collection Duties:

·      Track and document service delivery, family progress, and outcomes within program standards

·      Complete program and service reports in a timely manner

Essential Qualifications:

·      Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, child development or public health, or Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of direct parenting education/home visit experience or 4 years direct parent education/home visiting experience

·       Knowledge in child development, infant development and parent-child attachment

·       Knowledge of maternal-infant health and dynamics of child abuse and neglect

·       Knowledge-based competency and verbal comfort with topics surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and parenting children 0-3

·       Demonstrated knowledge and experience in social service and research ethics

·       Demonstrated historical understanding and analysis of barriers, challenges and oppression of communities of color, particularly in the African/African-American community

·       Experience working with and providing direct services to children and families

·      Experience working with teen parents and or young adults

·      Experience working with families in crisis, poverty, child welfare involvement

·      Well-grounded in Black psychology and dynamics of Black racial socialization

·      Computer literacy- Word, Excel, web navigation and applications, webmail, use of mobile devices and applications

·       Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and organization and time management

·       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

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

·       Ability to self-reflect and take feedback

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

·      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

·      Ability to work flexible hours including some nights and weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

·      Experience with youth development

·      Deep understanding of complex family dynamics

·      2 years working in and or with people with mental health/trauma challenges

·      Ability to prioritize multiple projects, work under pressure and meet multiple deadlines

·      Experience in advocacy and case management with very young children and young adults challenged with mental health issues, developmental disabilities and/or trauma histories.

·      Specialized certification and/or training in infant mental health, parent-child counseling techniques; and individual/play/family counseling techniques.

·      Doula certification or training

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