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Mountain Resource Center is currently hiring a Family Educator


Title:      Family Educator

Reports to:      Family Education Coordinator

Hours:             30 hours per week

Rate:               $16.00 per hour

Vision of Mountain Resource Center:  Inspiring Hope, Resilience & Independence.

Mission of Mountain Resource Center:  We strengthen our community with services that empower people.

Scope:  Mountain Resource Center is a community-based non-profit organization that provides bundled services and integrated case management to families in need.  Our vision provides accessible health and human services to people living in Conifer, Evergreen, Bailey and surrounding communities in order to foster more self-reliant and healthier lives. 

Position Summary:  As a Family Educator at Mountain Resource Center, this position provides an opportunity to support families through both the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classroom and Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visitation program.  Educators work as a team to support parents and help children achieve school readiness skills. ECFE and PAT emphasizes family as a foundation for later education and works to ensure that all family members receive opportunities to provide a supportive learning environment for their children.  ECFE educators plan, teach, and evaluate ECFE classes for children ages infant to 5 years old. A certified PAT educator implements the PAT model, emphasizing parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being in their work with families.  Utilizing the PAT Foundational Curriculum in culturally sensitive ways, the family educator partners, facilitates, and reflects with families, in the family’s home.

Essential Functions

  • Teach ECFE classes, which includes lesson planning, classroom set-up, and parent/child evaluations and assessments
  • Provide personal, in home, visits through the Parents as Teachers program, focusing on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being (including planning, delivering, and documenting the visit)
  • Facilitate parent education and discussion groups.
  • Develop, monitor, and review goals with each PAT-enrolled family
  • Use the PAT Foundational curriculum to share research based information with families
  • Provide group connections to give families an opportunity to build social connections with each other, engage in parent-child interaction activities, and increase their knowledge of ways to support children’s development
  • Complete at least an initial and annual developmental screening and health review for each child enrolled in PAT
  • Engage in recruitment activities (as applicable)
  • Provide referrals to partner organizations in the community. Including, but not limited to, medical, dental, mental health services, and/or other educational programs that serve families.
  • Stay current with relevant community resources
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of clients’ information
  • Work independently with minimal supervision
  • Obtain competency-based professional development and renew PAT parent educator certification annually
  • Participate in continuous quality improvement
  • Maintain and submit, in a timely way, all required family and program documentation
  • Organize and inventory supplies/materials, etc.
  • Participate in at least 2 hours of reflective supervision monthly and 2 hours of staff meetings weekly

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Accountabilities

The Family Educator demonstrates the following:

  • Dedication to working with 0-5 aged children and their parents
  • Ability to facilitate group discussions
  • Organizational skills
  • Creativity and flexibility
  • Ability to follow through with assigned duties
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to multi-task, problem solve and work in a team
  • Willingness to accept feedback and adapt accordingly
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Participation as an MRC team player by attending staff meetings and other organizational events and willingness to share knowledge and skills with others
  • Understanding and agreement to follow all policies, procedures & protocols as set forth in the MRC Employee Handbook, MRC Employment Policies Manual and other directives
  • Conformance to a drug-free workplace, not be under the influence of alcohol and/or other illicit drugs of abuse
  • A professional, positive and polite attitude and relationship with other MRC employees, volunteers, clients and customers

Credentials, Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, social work, health, psychology or related field is recommended
  • Supervised experience working with young children and/or parents is also recommended
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to establish rapport with families and empower them by building on their strengths
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Computer skills; including web browsing, email, internet, and word-processing.
  • Ability to complete Parents as Teachers Foundational and Model Implementation Trainings
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Proof and maintenance of proper legal authorization to work in the United States
  • Offer contingent on successful completion of background check

Compensation/Benefits

  • Short term/long term disability
  • Term life benefit
  • 135 hours of Paid Time Off per year

How to Apply

  • Submit cover letter and resumes to Chris Johnson, Family Education Coordinator at chris@mrcco.org

Mountain Resource Center is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, ancestry, creed, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.