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Fatherhood Specialist

Fatherhood Specialist

 

The Fatherhood Specialist is a member of the Strong Start Team which offers assessment, services, education and support to families and children ages 0-11 that are at increased risk for child abuse and neglect. The Fatherhood Specialist serves as a specialist in the areas of providing services to low-income fathers, covering child abuse/domestic violence prevention, expressing emotion, and maintaining healthy relationships. Services to be provided will include direct client services, parenting and prevention classes, individual visits, resources and referrals. The goal for the Fatherhood Specialist is to reach out and serve fathers in the program, to engage them through education and one on one work in order to support their role in the family.

 

About SAFE:

  • 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.

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.  Although your office will be located there, you will be on the road most of the time, visiting families in their homes and out in the community.  We will pay you an annual salary of $39,000 – $41,400.

 

Key Duties:

  • 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.  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 a 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 – includes 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.

Qualifications:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood development, social work, or a related field.  MA degree in social work, counseling, therapy, or a related field preferred.
  • Have 2 years of experience working with vulnerable or at-risk families.
  • Is knowledgeable of healthy childhood development, the impact of abuse/neglect/trauma on development, and the signs/symptoms of abuse and neglect.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish required.
  • Have valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and insurance as a driver.
  • Is available to provide home visits on evenings and/or weekends (as needed), and on an emergency basis.
  • 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.
  • Is able 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.
  • Being able to clearly and accurately communicate to convey information
  • Experience in 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. 

 

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, 6 Paid holidays, and more*
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.
  • All SAFE employees are eligible to enroll their children in our Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Program (ages 3 months to 5 years, space permitting). 

*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc. 

 

About us:

  • 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 people of color, LGBTQ+ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English.
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