The College of Human Ecology has an immediate opening for a part time (15 hours/week) Parenting Support Specialist serving the Unadilla Valley Central School District. This three-year position is in support of a Pilot Project on ‘Enhancing the Impact of School-Based Health Centers in Rural New York via Parenting Education.’ The Parenting Support Specialist is primarily responsible for delivering established programs and materials related to parenting needs identified under this project, to parents whose children attend the Unadilla Valley (UV) Central School District. The position is based in the UV Central School District and the Unadilla Valley School-Based Health Center (SBHC).
The Specialist will interact with parents through phone consultations, informal drop-in sessions, home visitations, and group sessions during school hours, after-school hours or weekends, based on suggestions from the school parent liaison and SBHC personnel. S/he will deliver 1:1 sessions with parents, group presentations to parents, and tailored content based on parent needs. S/he will assist in fostering the delivery of programs and materials with school and community leaders. The Specialist will appreciate and promote diversity in all interactions with program participants, staff, volunteers, and the public.
An Associate's degree in education, human development, social work or related field or 2 years transferable program/functional experience.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to understand the needs of, and work effectively with, parents and children from diverse families.Understanding of rural communities is essential.
Ability to identify and utilize appropriate program resources to meet the specific needs of parents and children.
Ability to teach, coordinate, organize, and implement informal educational programs.
Ability to plan and implement programmatic responsibilities according to priorities developed in collaboration with the project team, program personnel, school personnel and community partners.
Ability to interact with various individuals and groups including SBHC staff, the Student Advocate, the school-based parent-liaison and parents and children in the school.
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence, and to communicate effectively with the project team, program personnel, school personnel, and community partners.
Ability to meet regular travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels
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