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Parent Engagement Specialist 

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is seeking a full time Parent Engagement Specialist to support outreach to expectant and parenting teens, students, and their families at the Providence Housing Authority, the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, the Nowell Leadership Academy, the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Roger Williams University School for Continuing Studies. The Parent Engagement Specialist will work closely with partner sites and a team of Family Coaches to recruit a cohort of 300 expectant and/or parenting teens and young adults to participate in the Dunamis Synergy initiative. The Parent Engagement Specialist will also identify and support a group of ten parent leaders who will comprise the initiative’s Parent Leadership Team. The Engagement Specialist will support the Parent Leadership Team to ensure that participant perspectives are incorporated into the

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Exempt Salaried Full Time 35 Hours a week

Dunamis Synergy is a new initiative to support expectant and parenting teens and students ages 15-25 years old, and their children, as they strive together to achieve their educational potential and establish a legacy of prosperity that passes from one generation to the next. Dunamis Synergy, via a comprehensive “two generation” service coordination model, will complement and leverage existing efforts to address the needs of Rhode Island families and increase college access, persistence, and completion in the state.
We believe that post-secondary and early education, health and well-being, stable housing, economic supports, and social capital development are the core elements required to improve educational, health, and social outcomes and create an intergenerational cycle of opportunity among young families. Dunamis Synergy braids together the resources and partners required to support parenting teens and young adults who are prepared to build their family’s future through education.
West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is seeking a full time Parent Engagement Specialist to support outreach to expectant and parenting teens, students, and their families at the Providence Housing Authority, the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, the Nowell Leadership Academy, the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Roger Williams University School for Continuing Studies. The Parent Engagement Specialist will work closely with partner sites and a team of Family Coaches to recruit a cohort of 300 expectant and/or parenting teens and young adults to participate in the Dunamis Synergy initiative. The Parent Engagement Specialist will also identify and support a group of ten parent leaders who will comprise the initiative’s Parent Leadership Team. The Engagement Specialist will support the Parent Leadership Team to ensure that participant perspectives are incorporated into the design, implementation, and ongoing improvement of the Dunamis Synergy initiative.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Conducts outreach in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and Woonsocket to recruit expectant and parenting teens and students for the program.
• Works collaboratively with colleagues at the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, Providence Housing Authority, the Nowell Leadership Academy, the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and Roger Williams University to conduct outreach to expectant and parenting teens and students at community and academic sites to encourage their involvement in the initiative.
• Develops strong relationships with families, enabling their input and participation in the initiative and to advocate for their needs.
• Meets regularly with the Parent Leadership Team, support their participation in the initiative, and work with colleagues and partners to grow their voice and leadership.
• Works with the Program Coordinator and Family Coaches to track individual participation, engagement, and progress towards goals.
• Represents WEHDC and the initiative at relevant community and partner events.
• Works with team members to identify and secure community resources that can be used to support program participants and their children
• Collects, analyze and enters family engagement data aligned with program goals.
• Works with management and the initiative’s Steering Committee to engage in systemic problem solving and improve services for the expectant and parenting teen and student population.
• Develops and plans events to conduct outreach, celebrate accomplishments, and to build connections between initiative partners and participants.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & REQUIREMENTS

• Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or a related field.
• Experience working with diverse populations
• Fluency (speaking, reading, and writing) in English and Spanish or another commonly spoken language is desired.
• A minimum of two (2) years of experience working with families.
• Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required.
• Valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance required, access to reliable transportation

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to satisfactorily perform essential duties. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• High level of interpersonal skills and excellent writing and oral communication skills.
• Ability to utilize personal experiences to enhance support to families while maintaining professional boundaries.
• Previous lived experience as a young parent or parenting student is desired.
• Ability to logically resolve problem situations and develop alternative solutions when faced with obstacles; use innovative ideas to resolve problems and develop effective solutions
• Ability to effectively carryout the mission and philosophy of WEHDC and demonstrate a willingness to work cooperatively and collaboratively with multiple constituents.
• Must demonstrate professionalism in appearance and actions; handle difficult or stressful situations in a calm and respectful manner; demonstrate fair treatment of others and support a positive work environment.
• Must possess the ability to multitask and prioritize time and activities.
• Must be organized and effectively manage time and commitments.

TO APPLY

Send your resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications via email to Sonia Thomas at sthomas@westelmwood.org no later than 5:00 pm  December 21, 2018. Please include “Dunamis Synergy Parent Engagement Specialist” in the e-mail subject line.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind. WEHDC is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color,
religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in Rhode Island