Position Type: Full-time school year only; may include some nights and weekends
Pay Range: $16.00 – $17.00 per hour
Locations: Farmington-Akin Road Elementary & Lakeville-ALC
Closing Date: August, 31 2019

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About the Organization: Founded in 1970 by a group of volunteers, 360 Communities is a nonprofit organization which provides services to more than 16,000 people annually in over 40 locations in Dakota County, Minnesota. Holistic services include a network of five food shelves, two family resource centers, two domestic and sexual violence shelters, and two programs that support school success from birth to high school graduation. 

Our mission: 360 Communities delivers safety and stability that improves lives. 

Position Overview:

The Family Support Worker is in a school based setting working cooperatively with school staff to identify families and students in need of additional support related to community resources, academic success and safety. 360 Communities staff work to create a trusted link between home and school by providing parents with tools, resources, and strategies to ensure families are stable and children achieve and sustain school success.

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Follow mandated reporting laws for child abuse and neglect.
  • Work cooperatively and professionally by building relationships and trust with school staff and families to successfully meet the needs of the school and the families with respect to school success.
  • Initiate conversation with school staff and families in order to target families of students who are not demonstrating academic success. Engage parents and students in creating a home environment that encourages learning and promotes increased parental involvement in school.
  • Follow-up with referrals from school staff, 360 Communities co-workers, self-referrals and community partners.
  • Complete family intake based on family strengths, needs and risks (school success as it relates to academic success, domestic and sexual violence, basic needs, housing, county and community resources, child maltreatment and neglect).
  • Provide appropriate service coordination in response to intake and family plan, either through connecting to services within 360 Communities or through a referral basis (this may include, but is not limited to: home visitation, advocacy, and wrap around facilitation).
  • Identify goals and create strategies based on individual needs of parents and students. Assessment of goal areas is dependent on academic needs of students and/or needs identified through an agency assessment tool connected to building family stability.
  • Provide ongoing support and follow-up to ensure parents and students are following through on community referrals, goals and strategies.
  • Link community partners with high-risk students, families and neighborhoods.
  • Collect data and maintain accurate records for statistical, evaluation and funding purposes.
  • May require independent travel to other locations with unknown environmental conditions and noise levels (including visits to homes or community locations)

Required Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills including communication and relationship building with all ages, demographics, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Ability to adapt and work in a fast-paced, multi-faceted, environment, utilizing independent decision making and prioritization skills
  • Basic computer knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and database systems
  • Comfortable working in school and home settings

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year College or University; and 1 to 2 years’ experience working with families who are experiencing stress, in crisis, and/or who are isolated (this includes demonstrated mentoring skills, knowledge of neighborhood resources, and ability to teach positive parenting).
  • Minnesota Mandated Reporter training; either successful completion of or enrollment and completion of training at the first available opening after hire
  • Candidates with a valid driver’s license, insurance, and acceptable driving record
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have experience with socially, economically or culturally diverse populations.

A complete job description can be requested by e-mailing HR@360communities.org.

360 Communities values racial, ethnic and cultural diversity. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply.

360 Communities is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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