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Current Opening: Teaching Parent Coordinator (full-time, Staunton/Harrisonburg)

Job Summary

People Places currently has an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Teaching Parent Coordinator.  This position is based in the Staunton office and serves a Regional area that includes Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and surrounding counties.  The Teaching Parent Coordinator has the primary responsibility for conducting interviews, assessments, and home studies of potential foster and foster/adoptive parents.  The Teaching Parent Coordinator works closely with and serves as an advocate for potential foster parents who are in the certification process – seeking answers to questions, responding to their needs for support, and assisting them as they navigate the complex world of foster care.  Additionally, the Teaching Parent Coordinator completes all requirements necessary for re-certification of foster and foster/adoptive parents. The Teaching Parent Coordinator also works closely with currently certified Teaching Parents for retention and to ensure that all licensing and agency requirements and policies are met. The Teaching Parent Coordinator works closely with other staff to ensure timely and thorough assessment, training, monitoring, and documentation.  Additional responsibilities may include assisting with parent training and parent support groups, auditing records to ensure compliance with Licensing Standards, assisting with community events, participating in role related committees, and assisting in the development and implementation of agency policy and procedures as it relates directly to foster families.

The position of Teaching Parents Coordinator is full-time, exempt. The expected hours of work for this position are 37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Due to the nature of this position, exceptions to standard scheduling, such as evenings and weekends, are frequently required in order to fulfill the requirements of the position.  

The ideal candidate for this position can:

  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
  • Interact professionally with other employees, clients, customers, and suppliers.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all client, family and personnel records.
  • Fulfill the duties of the position in a manner that provides sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.

Qualifications and Skills

Required Qualifications, Education, Experience, Credentials, Licensure

  • A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree in a human services or related field;
  • A minimum of two years experience providing casework services to children and families;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and well-defined organizational skills;
  • An understanding of LCPA standards;
  • Strong assessment skills;
  • Strong verbal communication and concise writing ability; and
  • Willingness to work some evenings and occasional weekends, as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications, Education, Experience, Credentials, Licensure

  • Doctorate or Masters in Social Work, Counseling or related field
  • Experience as a trainer or adult educator
  • Experience in Treatment Foster Care case management or supervision

Please submit the following if you are interested in the position:

  1. A cover letter to summarize why you are interested in the position and relevant experience you have.
  2. A resume

Current Opening: Youth Mentor (part-time, Staunton/Harrisonburg)

Job Summary

Youth Mentors work with clients to provide empathic, non-judgmental assistance to support and facilitate the successful achievement of identified client goals and objectives. The Mentor acts as a positive role model in the youth’s life and will expose the youth to positive experiences within the community. The Mentor models and teaches life skills to the youth while simultaneously remaining open to learning from the youth. The Mentor creates plans for outings, but also promotes the client having a voice in what occurs during outings. This service will take place in appropriate community settings.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Mentor works on goals with the client that are identified by the treatment team within the time frame of approved hours and beginning/end dates as approved by the funding source (FAPT). The Mentor performs the obligations of a mandated reporter. The Mentor establishes and maintains good professional boundaries.

The Mentor will participate in monthly individual and group supervision, and will participate in quarterly ongoing training opportunities. The Mentor is required to write timely, thorough, and professional case notes as instructed.

The core responsibility of the Mentor is to develop a supportive, high-quality, and enduring relationship with the client that creates opportunities for the client to engage with and contribute to the community and promotes the client’s positive development.

Through the formation of a trusting relationship, the Mentor will work with the client to achieve the identified goals created by the treatment team. The Mentor will continue to assess the needs of the client throughout the case and will discuss changing and/or adding goals with the treatment team as appropriate.  The Mentor will maintain regular communication with the referral source and the Family Services Coordinator so that all members of the team are aware of the client’s progress and challenges.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or high school diploma or equivalent plus appropriate training and experience;
  • Experience with high-risk youth and/or families;
  • Ability to be calm, well organized, and display strong relationship building skills;
  • A strong capacity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Ability to objectively track behavior and communicate responsibly, reliably and accurately in writing;
  • Ability to understand goals and tasks identified by team leaders and follow through with their implementation;
  • Ability to relate comfortably and genuinely with adults and children, and the ability to communicate effectively with team members;
  • Demonstrate sound judgment and good interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrate strong skills in behavior management and social skills;
  • Competency in database skills to document work in a timely, efficient, and thorough way;
  • Reliable form of transportation to visit/transport clients in Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, Augusta County, and Staunton areas.

Current Opening: Family Mentor (part-time, Charlottesville)

Job Summary

Family Mentors provide hands-on support and guidance to families to help prevent placement disruption or facilitate successful reunification. They are a resource, coach, and advocate for their clients; a co-pilot on their clients’ journeys toward goal attainment.

Responsibilities and Duties

Through weekly home visits, Family Mentors provide parent education and support to promote positive, lasting impacts within family systems. Goals are individualized to meet the unique needs of each family. Common goals include parenting skills, organizational skills, accessing community resources, creating consistent and predictable family routines, communication skills, and securing/maintaining stable housing and employment.

Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience working in a community setting with families from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience working with individuals and families with mental health needs
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and time management skills
  • The ability to function well within interdisciplinary treatment teams
  • The availability to spend several hours with each family on a weekly basis
  • Dedication to the principles of service, social justice, integrity, and the inherent dignity and worth of every person
  • Reliable form of transportation to visit clients in the Charlottesville/Albemarle Regional areas

Equal Employment Opportunity

People Places, Inc. (the “Agency.”) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Agency complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status is expressly prohibited. Improper interference with the ability of Agency employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.