Community Education Specialist – Bilingual Spanish School Readiness Program

School Readiness is a three-month program for families with young children based at The Priority Center. The Priority Center works with families helping to support them in fostering a safe and nurturing home environment for children. The School Readiness program assists families in Orange County with children ages 0-8, in reducing barriers to medical care and early childhood mental health services in order to provide them with the healthiest start in life.

This program focuses on identifying developmental delays and behavioral issues at the earliest age possible and then links families to appropriate services and support. Our highly trained staff will screen your child in your home and work with your family to provide an individualized plan of services to meet any needs that are identified.

Our program has built relationships with early childhood care and education providers, pediatricians, and community- based organizations. We partner with each other to work with families of young children. The School Readiness program also works in collaboration with Help Me Grow and utilizes approaches developed by the Early Developmental Screening and Intervention (EDSI) initiative and the organization zero to three.

Job Summary:

The Community Education Specialist promotes mental health wellness for families with children ages 0-8 and among providers serving families with children ages 0-8 by raising community awareness of, and increasing knowledge about, social-emotional issues and the importance of early identification and intervention. The Community Education Specialist leads the implementation and execution of program community trainings throughout Orange County by utilizing evidence-based curriculum, Triple P, to educate parents and community providers in early childhood development, identify early occurrence in mental health issues in children and to enroll parents for SRPS. The Community Education Specialist supports the Program Director in reviewing participant and provider feedback regarding community trainings to ensure successful administration of program services. The Community Education Specialist will also work closely with Program Director and Community Engagement Coordinator in the development and execution of a comprehensive, county marketing strategy to increase program awareness.

 

**Hiring for Part-Time position (20 Hours Per Week).**

Goals:

  • Educate community of and increasing knowledge about mental health issues, the importance of reducing psychosocial risk factors and strengthening protective factors, addressing child/family concerns early, and promoting access to available community resources by the implementation of community trainings.
  • Utilize Triple P parenting curriculum to conduct community trainings throughout Orange County to identified parents of children ages 0-8 or providers working with families with children ages 0-8 to promote early child mental health wellness and prevent mental illness of children.
  • To identify opportunities to reach families with children ages 0-8 who are at-risk and could benefit from SRPS community trainings.
  • Assist the Program Director and Community Engagement Coordinator in developing and executing a comprehensive, countywide marketing strategy to increase the number of children and families referred and served by the SR team.
  • Provides programmatic excellence in supporting the team to meet contract requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates with Program Director and cultivates relationships regarding newly identified community providers interested in community trainings
  • Effectively promotes program by conducting community trainings to potential referral sources and participants of program services to meet contract goals
  • Recruits and collaborates with child and family services providers and community members to help expand community awareness of, and increasing knowledge about, social-emotional issues and the importance of early identification and intervention
  • Maintains updated community training request log and participant registration for scheduled community trainings
  • Provides proper follow-up with providers and participants who have attended community trainings
  • Regularly updates Exym to reflect all community trainings and outcomes
  • Maintains a positive, “can-do” attitude toward achieving outreach goals and proactively problem-solve to address any barriers encountered in these efforts. Seeks appropriate feedback and direction from the Program Director and Program Supervisor ongoing.
  • Attends all required The Priority Center and SR meetings and completes administrative tasks, such as Paycom entries, mileage reimbursement reports and other forms, in accordance with established deadlines

Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum Qualifications: BA in Sociology, Child Development or Social Work
  • Some experience in marketing, communications, social service or mental health field.
  • Excellent people and communication skills, strong initiative, a demonstrated ability to engage others and work as a team.
  • Highly enthusiastic, positive, personable, hardworking, and reliable.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Vietnamese required.

 

COVID-19 Considerations:

The Priority Center enforces weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated or undisclosed staff. We provide masks, hand sanitizer, require daily temperature scans and enforce social distancing.

To Apply/Contact Information:

Current interested applicants please submit HR Employment Application and current resume to: [email protected]