Strong Start seeks a full-time Fatherhood Specialist. The Fatherhood Specialist is part of a community education and support program that offers assessment, education, and support directly to Fathers. The goal is to help strengthen families in Travis or Williamson County that have a child age 0-11 who may be struggling. The Fatherhood Specialist serves as a specialist providing services to fathers and father-figures with the end goal of increasing the knowledge and awareness of child development, expressing emotion, and maintaining healthy relationships as well as encouraging positive discipline techniques. Strong Start uses evidence-based curriculum (Triple P or Nurturing Parenting) in addition to providing domestic violence and child abuse education. Services are provided directly to fathers/father figures and include parenting and prevention classes, individual visits, resources, and referrals. The goal for the Fatherhood Specialist is to reach and serve fathers in the program, to engage them through education and one on one or group work in order to support their role in the family.
- SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
- The SAFE Alliance grew out of the courageous work of the Center for Battered Women, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Austin Children’s Shelter, all respected, women-led human service agencies created by volunteers and informed by survivors who needed support, safety and justice.
- With over 20 programs and 400 staff, we have been serving the Austin community and beyond for over 30 years.
- The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQ+ identified people; gender-nonconforming people; individuals with disabilities; veterans; and people who speak a language in addition to English.
About this position:
- We need you to fill the role of Fatherhood Specialist. This is a full-time, exempt position at our Rathgeber Village Campus. Since we are using a hybrid model for fatherhood education/support services, you can expect to be on the road, visiting families in their homes and out in the community or conducting services virtually from a home office or the Strong Start office location. We’ll allow the families to determine if in-person and/or virtual sessions are best for them. We will pay you an annual salary of $43,000 - $45,000 dependent upon experience, if applicant is bilingual (Spanish/English) an annual bilingual language differential can be applied.
- Provides services to fathers in order to reduce family risk and increase child safety in a variety of settings including: home visits, community visits or sessions at one of the service facilities (SAFE Alliance or Any Baby Can).
- Provide case management services to clients as needed to address any issues covering child abuse/domestic violence prevention, expressing emotion, and maintaining healthy relationships. Provides resources and tools for child abuse prevention.
- Screens and determines client eligibility for services and when appropriate, matches clients with various financial assistance programs and maintains required documentation for assistance programs.
- Meets individually with clients to help with immediate problem solving to assess with concrete needs, to provide information and referral services, to help clients set short-term goal plans and to assist them in accessing needed resources.
- Completes and receives training and certification in the Nurturing Fathers and 24/7 Dad Curriculums.
- Provides educational and informational classes to clients in an individual and/or group setting which focus on parenting and child abuse/domestic violence prevention, expressing emotion, and maintaining healthy relationships.
- Assist participants in acquiring skills necessary to maintain independent housing; including budgeting, identifying and seeking needed resources, accessing training, life skills, etc..
- Provides current information about local social service agencies; medical, legal, housing, transportation, financial support/funding options, crisis services, educational, employment, mental health, childcare, and others.
- Regularly coordinates client services with other direct client services staff.
- Provides information and referral services, and other advocacy services via telephone.
- Participates in team meetings as required for the success of the program.
- Associates or Bachelor’s degree in a health and human services field required, Bachelor’s preferred.
- Minimum of 2 years of direct service experience working in health and human services field required, preferably with vulnerable or at-risk families including direct work with children.
- Knowledgeable of healthy childhood development, the impact of abuse/neglect/trauma on development, and the signs/symptoms of abuse and neglect.
- Demonstrated skills in written and verbal communication in both the English and Spanish Language is preferred.
- Is available to provide parent education sessions on evenings and/or weekends (as needed).
- Is knowledgeable of various community resources and services that may benefit families served and is able to effectively collaborate with various entities for the benefit of the client.
- Experience conducting outreach or education to men as well as the ability to facilitate group discussions.
- Knowledge or background in the topics of sexual assault, domestic violence, poverty, and disabilities preferred.
- Experience conducting home visitation and assessment preferred.
- Understanding of family dynamics and experience conducting adult education preferred.
- Ability to establish and maintain professional boundaries while providing supportive services.
- Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test (if applicable).
- Have a valid, State of Texas Driver’s License, and:
- At least three (3) consecutive years of driving experience OR one (1) year of driving experience if over 27 years of age; AND an acceptable driving record; AND if in possession of an out-of-state license, obtain a State of Texas Driver’s License within 90 days of beginning employment.
- All employees are required to comply with policies regarding COVID-19, which may be subject to change. COVID vaccines are still highly recommended, and we encourage employees to get vaccinated if they are able.
About our benefits:
- Full-time employees receive employer paid health insurance, short-term disability, and life insurance. *
- Optional dental, vision, and pet insurance. *
- 403(b) retirement plan with an employer match, and 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 4 Personal Holidays, 8 Paid holidays, and more. *
- We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.
Please Note: All new employees regardless of employment status will be required to start their employment on either the 1st or 16th of the month and will be required to attend a three-day new employee orientation that is held both in-person and virtually on the first three days of the month.
*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc.
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