The Community Coordinator will work in collaboration with judicial and child welfare leadership, community partners and stakeholders to plan, implement, market, manage and evaluate the local Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT). In an effort to effect community and systems change, the Community Coordinator facilitates coordination and collaboration among community stakeholders, organizes and facilitates Family Team Meetings, provides community-wide and Infant-Toddler Court Team (ITCT) specific educational opportunities, tracks monthly follow-up activities for each case monitored by the ITCT, conducts on-going data collection for outcome tracking, and champions for the voice of infants, toddlers and their families within the child welfare and courts jurisdictional purview.Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Supports the development of policies and procedures to implement the local Infant Toddler Court Team (ITCT).
- Creates connections with community partners to recruit for and develop an Active Community Team ACT).
- Supports Judicial Leadership in the convening and facilitation of the monthly ACT meetings to promote collective impact for systems change.
- Engages families early in the SBCT process and ensures that their input is valued throughout their child welfare/court journey.
- In collaboration with ITCT partners- develops, compiles, creates and distributes ITCT communications and promotional literature.
- Supports the neutral facilitation of, and documentation for, a multi-disciplinary team that meets monthly to assist children and their families in developing strategies to mitigate the circumstances that brought them to the courts attention.
- Acts as a liaison for identifying community-based resources and supports and disseminates the information to other agencies and families.
- Seeks creative solutions that address barriers families face in accessing formal and informal supports to complement case management services.
- Develops relationships with community providers to explore referral processes and problem solve methods to expedite access.
- Models practice that enhances a highlighted focus on the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers and their families.
- Actively participates in community-based initiatives that correlate with the ITCT mission and promote the wellbeing of young children and their families.
- Assesses the communitys Training and Technical Assistance needs and serves as a liaison with the National TCP and local content matter experts for the provision of educational opportunities to meet those needs.
- Works with the local judiciary, Child Welfare leadership and ITCT to implement the SBCT Core Components and adhere to best practice policies.
- Remain current on the latest research/best practice recommendations/policies and distributes/disseminates information to the ITCT and community regarding such.
- Supports the ACT to engage in continuous quality improvement to evaluate the ITCTs effectiveness by collecting and interpreting data and on-going reflection of practice through data exploration and strategic planning.
- Networks and communicates with Community Coordinators in other ITCP communities.
- Performs other duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the SBCT and the National ITCP.
Essential Skills and Experience
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience focused on services for vulnerable young children and their families.
- Experience with community collaboration to effect systems change.
- Background in infant/early childhood development or related field.
- Ability to work and make decisions independently.
- Knowledge of issues related to child abuse and neglect.
- Working knowledge of racial equity, historical trauma, poverty, intimate partner violence, child and adult development, parental history of childhood trauma, mental illness, substance use disorders and developmental and intellectual disabilities.
- Knowledge of the Social Determinants of Health and local resources available to assist families in making connections to achieve them.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary group.
- Working knowledge of early child development and infant mental health.
- Knowledge of Protective Factors and how to incorporate them in community capacity building and case planning.
- Knowledge of juvenile and family court functioning.
- Facility working with people of diverse educational, professional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Ability to work effectively across agencies and disciplines.
Preferred Skills and Experience
- In-depth knowledge of infant/toddler social-emotional development and the impact of abuse and neglect.
- Working knowledge of local, state and federal child welfare policies, practices and laws.
- Experience working with juvenile and family court judges.
- Skills in collecting and interpreting data.
- Experience in creating and conducting presentations for large groups of professionals.
- Prior program development experience.
- Encourages and practices critical thinking.
- Is self-reflective and empathic.
- Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results.
- Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others.
- Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior.
- Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
Bachelors degree in Child Development, Social Work or related field. Masters degree preferred.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also may need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, stand, walk, communicate verbally and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may be required to grasp objects, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for preparing and analyzing data, and expansive reading. May need to lift up to 30 pounds.
The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. Depending on work location, the incumbent will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels or be subject to working conditions conducive to a home office. When travel is expected, the incumbent will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times.
Zero To Three is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
ZERO TO THREE National Center for Infants, Toddlers & Families