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 Dunamis Synergy Initiative Director 

The Initiative Director will be responsible for establishing and leading the day to day operations of the Dunamis Synergy initiative to serve expectant and parenting teens, students, and their families living in Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket.

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Exempt Salaried Full Time 35 Hours a week

Dunamis Synergy is a new initiative to support expectant and parenting teens, student parents 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, stable housing, economic supports, social capital development, and health and well-being are the core elements required to improve educational, health, and social outcomes and create an intergenerational cycle of opportunity among young families. Using a collective impact approach, Dunamis Synergy seeks to braid together the resources and partners required to support parenting teens and young adults who are prepared to build their family’s future through education.

The Initiative Director will be responsible for establishing and leading the day to day operations of the Dunamis Synergy initiative to serve expectant and parenting teens, students, and their families living in Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket. The Coordinator will have primary responsibility for implementing the Dunamis Synergy work plan to achieve the goals of the initiative.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Program and Staff Development/Management

  • Work with the Executive Director, consultants, and senior staff at WEHDC to establish, grow, and sustain all elements of the program.
  • Work collaboratively with program partners to hire, manage, and supervise staff positions including a Family Coaching team comprised of MSW and Community Health Worker Family Coaches and Parent Engagement staff.
  • With staff and partners, recruit and serve a cohort of approximately 300 teen and student parents in community, secondary, and post-secondary settings at Roger Williams University, the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, the Nowell Leadership Academy, the Providence Housing Authority, and at West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation.
  • Coordinate training and ongoing professional development to ensure that staff are highly skilled at their jobs and support positive outcomes among participants.

Collaborative and Partner Management

  • Convene and staff the Dunamis Synergy Steering Committee and initiative workgroups to implement the Dunamis Synergy work plan and to build shared accountability.
  • Serve as a strong, neutral, and skilled facilitator to guide staff, partners and stakeholders towards consensus.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between WEHDC and site and systems partners to ensure effective collaboration and program operations.
  • Work with the initiative’s Parent Engagement Specialist to establish a strong participant voice in the ongoing design and implementation of the initiative.

Communication:

  • Develop and implement effective communication strategies to ensure stakeholders remain informed of the initiative’s goals, objectives, progress, results, and successes.
  • Track progress towards key results and report progress to partners, community members, funders, and other key stakeholders
  • Work closely with the Evaluator and staff at the RI Department of Health to prepare quarterly reports to partners and funders.
  • Represent the initiative and build support in the community.

Resource Development and Management

  • Work with Dunamis Synergy partners and consultants to secure investments to help build and sustain the initiative and implement priority strategies and activities.
  • Work with consultants and staff to document community-based resources available to participants.
  • With support from Family Coaches and Dunamis Synergy partners, build off existing relationships and establish new partnerships to advance the initiative and better meet participant needs.
  • Work with partners, participants, parent leaders and consultants to document and address program and system related challenges and barriers.
  • Work with WEHDC staff to support grant related administration.

Advocacy

  • Advocate alongside expectant and parenting teens and students for needed resources.
  • Work with partners and community members to secure resources and policies/practices that support the success of program participants.

Data and Learning

  • Model the use of data to inform planning and decision-making, including the development of an initiative dashboard to monitor and measure progress.
  • Ensure continuous quality improvement through the effective use of data and evaluation resources.
  • Work with the initiative evaluator and others to generate the initial evidence demonstrating success and required to help sustain the effort.

QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & REQUIREMENTS)

  • A Masters degree and a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in one or more of the following areas: social work, human services, healthcare/public health, education, public administration, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous experience developing and managing complex programs, ideally involving service coordination across multiple partners.
  • A history building consensus among diverse stakeholders working toward a common goal.
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Experience engaging in policy and systems change work.
  • Previous experience with grant writing, management and resource development.
  • Must be culturally competent and value diversity, equity, and cultural differences.
  • Lived experience as a teen or young student parent is preferred.

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

Job Type: Full-time

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 on Friday September 28th. Please include “Dunamis Synergy Initiative Director” in the e-mail subject line.

Lead Family Coach

Coaches work alongside their Student Affairs and Resident Services colleagues at the sites to identify and address the social and environmental situations that interfere with the parent’s or prospective parent’s ability to achieve their academic and life goals.

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Exempt Salaried Full Time 35 Hours a week

Dunamis Synergy is a new initiative to support expectant and parenting teens, student parents 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 blieve 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. Using a collective impact approach, Dunamis Synergy seeks to braid 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 Master of Social Work level Lead Family Coach who will help lead a team of four additional Family Coaches to work with expectant and parenting teens, young adults 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.  Coaches work alongside their Student Affairs and Resident Services colleagues at the sites to identify and address the social and environmental situations that interfere with the parent’s or prospective parent’s ability to achieve their academic and life goals. Family Coaches will work with young expectant teens and parents to access a diverse set of resources in the community to support parents’ and prospective parents’ success and to help ensure their children are healthy and ready to learn at school.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Essential Functions:

  • Assess client needs and eligibility for services.
  • Contact, engage, and assist expectant and parenting teens and young adults to learn about and access resources to improve their and their child’s health, well-being, and education including housing, financial aid and assistance, transportation, early learning, health care services, etc.
  • Make referrals and connections to community resources to help individuals and families meet basic social and material needs.
  • Assess and understand barriers to resources in the community.
  • Provide service coordination, facilitate transitions, support the completion of referrals, and provide or confirm appropriate follow-up.
  • Review and synthesize existing records to identify previous barriers, interventions, and information gained through prior work with participants and to support service coordination.
  • Encourage individuals to identify and gain access to resources to meet their and their family’s specific needs and goals.
  • Motivate young parents to participate in decisions that affect their life, family, and community.
  • Use a variety of techniques to motivate and support behavior change to improve health, well-being, and educational persistence.
  • Develop interventions in cooperation with expectant teens/young parents and colleagues that recognize and build upon individual’s strengths and current abilities in achieving their goals.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with schools, child care providers, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations and other resources.
  • Share information with individuals, colleagues, and communities to help plan and improve programs, services, and advocacy in the community.
  • Identify and provide people with information, tools, and motivation to improve their health, education, and well-being.
  • Advocate on behalf of individuals and communities to assist clients to attain needed resources in a reasonable and timely fashion.
  • Provide information, opportunity, and support for people to advocate for their needs over time.
  • Provide on-going support and follow-up as necessary to support health, educational, and other interventions as needed.
  • Communicate with providers and service organizations to assist them to understand community and individual conditions, cultures, and behaviors to improve the effectiveness of services they provide to expectant and parenting teens and young adults.
  • Use data and apply evidence-based and promising practices in efforts to support individuals and their children in reaching their goals.
  • Work with management and the initiative’s Steering Committee to engage in systemic problem solving, including assessment, information gathering, goal setting, planning, implementation, evaluation, and revision of plans and methods, as necessary, to achieve shared objectives.
  • Use principles and skills to identify and develop community leaders, and involve them in the work of the initiative, and in the community, as appropriate.
  • Adhere to confidentiality and privacy rights in accordance with employer and legal reporting requirements
  • Develop and maintain client case records, plans and reports; compile data for statistical purposes.
  • Use the State of Rhode Island’s Bridges system to determine eligibility for entitlement and other programs and support the family to enroll in needed services.
  • Act as the formal service liaison with site partners and with public entities including DHS, RIDOH, and DCYF to help address systemic issues impacting young families in the initiative
  • Provide peer consultation/new staff training
  • Participate in developing initiative policies and procedures with regard to social work practices and program needs.
  • Deliver emergency and crisis services.

 EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience.

  • Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited institution.
  • Current licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by Rhode Island Board of Registration for Social Workers preferred.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience working with families.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience managing direct service staff.
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required.
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance required.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Fluency (speaking, reading, and writing) in English

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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 to collect data and support families and prospective parents.
  • Ability to utilize personal experiences to enhance support to families while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Ability to convey complex information in a clear and concrete manner.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and in collaboration with multiple staff and partners.
  • Ability to effectively carryout the mission 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.
  • Ability to logically resolve problem situations and develop alternative solutions when faced with obstacles; use innovative ideas to resolve problems and develop effective solutions, take responsibility for actions.
  • Must possess the ability to multitask by juggling different work activities and shifting attention from one task to another
  • Must be culturally competent and value diversity, equity, and cultural differences.
  • Must be organized and effectively manage time and commitments.
  • Previous lived experience as a young parent or parenting student is desired.
  • Bilingual skills a plus

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 on Friday September 28th.  Please include “Dunamis Synergy Lead Family Coach” 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