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Parent Mentor Specialist

Department: Project HELP
Location: Naperville, IL

COMPELLING OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO FULFILL ON THEIR PURPOSE, MAKE A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE FOR OTHERS, AND JOIN A 21ST CENTURY, BUSINESS SAVVY, SOCIAL ENTERPRISE that is dedicated to its mission of "Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women." YWCA METROPOLITAN CHICAGO is seeking a Parent Mentor Specialist to provide in-home visitation services, parenting and home management education, and to facilitate access to social services for families.

This is an exempt, full-time position reporting to the Director of Child and Family Development- Project HELP. This position is based at our Project HELP location at 1815 W. Diehl Rd in Naperville, IL, 60563; compensation is commensurate with experience. 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Manage caseload for 11-15 families. Supervise and oversee Volunteer Parent Mentors and their families.  
  • Assess all families for intake, provide appropriate referrals, and review parenting needs
  • Maintain various records, client family files, statistics, assessments, outcome evaluations 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of trends and best practices within area of child abuse prevention and home visitation services.
  • Collaborate with mental health team to develop programming and needs assessments
  • Develop community partnerships to foster expansion of mental health support services
  • Contribute to a collaborative, high trust team environment in a participatory, positive manner

 QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Family Education, or Child Development preferred 
  • Minimum of three years of experience in case management, home visiting experience, or work with at-risk families preferred.
  • Bilingual language abilities preferred but not required
  • Ability to climb stairs and ambulated in and out of locations in all weather.
  • Ability to travel within Chicagoland area as needed 
  • Must provide evidence of reliable and insured transportation.
  • Highly developed presentation skills, including listening and reflection
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills with cultural competence for working with economically, ethnically, and culturally diverse populations
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 15 pounds. 

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