External Job Posting: Infant & Toddler Tribal Navigator

Job Summary

Conduct outreach, connect with, and support Pregnant and/or Parenting Families with Infants and Toddlers in the Tribal Communities. Establish rapport and build relationships with individuals who are experiencing homelessness or furthest from social and economic opportunities while providing necessary and individualized support for families to escape poverty. Assist clients in identifying and eliminating personal, social, financial, education and employment barriers that result in poverty and/or dependency on public assistance, while working to ensure the compliance of Head Start Performance Standards. As a valued member of a team, work with other Head Start and Invest Early Project employees to maintain the best outcomes for participant families in our communities.

Application for Employment

Job Posting Information

OPENING DATE: Wednesday, February 25, 2021

RATE OF PAY: Entry Wage of $16.05 with Wage Range of $16.05 to $24.09 per Hour.

SCHEDULE: 28 Hours per Week; 2 year grant funded position

BENEFITS:

  • 13 Paid Holidays per year.
  • Retirement Plan with option for employer contribution, & Employee Assistance Program.
  • Training & Professional Development, Tuition Assistance opportunities, Loan Forgiveness qualifying credit.
  • Scheduled raises & Cost of Living Adjustment.

LOCATION: City, MN

APPLYING: Applicants must submit a KOOTASCA application to be considered.

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will begin being reviewed on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Job Description

Qualifications

  • Education
    • Minimum: Associates or Two-Year College Degree in/or a related field with additional training
    • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
  • Experience
    • Minimum: more than One year in the Human Services field.
    • Experience working with families, children and community services.
  • Authorizations
    • DHS Background Study Clearance
    • Employee Physical/TB Risk Assessment
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • MVR Approval for use of agency vehicles
  • Skills
    • Ability to proficiently operate copy/fax machines, telephone, and computers and software, including email, spreadsheets and word processing.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to manage time that results in both a satisfactory quantity and quality of work.
  • Abilities
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
    • Must be able to handle diverse work problems on a daily basis.
    • Must be able to organize a work schedule, set priorities and work effectively to meet deadlines without supervision.
    • Must be able to adjust to changes necessitated by last minute assignments and deadline requests that may prove stressful.
    • Must be able to work flexible hours as needed in order to meet the needs of the clients.
    • Attend trainings, classes, and meetings as necessary to improve job skills and maintain an acceptable level of job performance.
    • Travel as required for local, regional, and statewide efforts related to the Initiative.
    • Ability to empathize with, communicate with, motivate, and empower low income people.
    • Ability to collaborate with other providers and professionals.
  • Other Knowledge
    • Knowledge of poverty issues
    • Knowledge of child abuse and mandated reporting laws.
    • Understand and be able to communicate the mission of KOOTASCA and how this position fulfills the mission.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned.

Area 1: Family Support

  • Provide outreach to pregnant and parenting families with infants and toddlers, especially families experiencing homelessness and/or who are furthest from economic and social opportunity, to help bring them awareness of and access to local, county, and regional resources and assist them in learning how to use the Help Me Connect and Bridge to Benefits websites, which can lend them additional support now and in the future.
  • Employ culturally appropriate strategies to engage with clients, such as, but not limited to individual contacts, phone calls, Facebook groups and messages, focus groups, surveys, and advisory groups.
  • Build relationships with families through family visits, Family First Events and meetings, and other one-on-one parent contacts.
  • Give necessary referrals for additional services for any household member; advocate for the household in receiving services, completing all necessary documentation.
  • Protect confidentiality and privacy of families by using release/exchange of information forms and disseminating information on a “need to know” basis.

Area 2: Family Connection & Community Involvement 

  • Gather information about local, county, and regional resources. Attend trainings to become familiar with the Help Me Connect and Bridget to Benefits websites.
  • Contact families by attending Community Connects, Early Childhood Fairs, and other events where families gather.
  • Connect with community-based organizations serving Homeless Families, Early Childhood Programs, Child Care Providers, Head Start and Public Health Home Visitors, Parent Engagement Groups, County Social Services, Substance Abuse Programs, Family-Friendly Jail Initiatives, WIC Clinics, Hospitals, Clinics, K-12 and Higher Education, Libraries and other local programs to reach pregnant and parenting families with infants and toddlers, especially those experiencing homelessness, and to establish relationships with these organizations.
  • Participate as a member of the site team and share information as needed to provide the best possible outcomes for children and families.
  • Work with Head Start and Invest Early Project partners to coordinate and host necessary parent education events at your local sites, such as nutrition education, personal body safety etc.
  • Establish a Community Engagement Team with resource partners that will meet at least quarterly to develop relationships, establish communication linkages, and build a stronger pathway to reach families and to stay informed about available resources.

Area 3: Program Compliance

  • Collect and enter accurate information into systems provided for use in Head Start and agency reporting such as Child’s Plus, PIR, and the agency report.
  • Protect confidentiality and privacy of families by using release/exchange of information forms and disseminating information on a “need to know” basis.
  • Keep Outlook Calendar up to date.

Area 4: Health & Safety

  • Share any major issues or events happening with families with Family Engagement Coordinator.
  • Report identified or suspected child abuse or neglect to Child Protection and to the Head Start Health and Safety Coordinator.
  • Assist with follow-up on necessary Head Start requirements: i.e., medical, dental, lead levels, etc. and communicate as needed with the Health, Safety, & Nutrition Coordinator.

Job Factors

Supervision of Others: 

  • Not responsible for supervision of others

Safety of Others

  • Modest amount of responsibility for the safety of others. Compliance with established safety regulations for the job performed mitigates exposure to injury of self or others.

Contacts

  • Contact is both inside and outside the agency and may include formal presentations.

Physical Demand

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Requires sitting, standing, bending, stooping and reaching.

Travel

  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and current auto insurance coverage in compliance with Minnesota State guidelines on the vehicle used for work related travel.
  • Travel for completion of job duties, trainings and meetings as required.

General Agency Requirements

Professionalism:

  • Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relations with clients, customers, co-workers, providers, volunteers, and supervisors.
  • Treat clients, co-workers, and the public in a respectful and courteous manner at all times.
  • Continue to develop skills and abilities.

Community Representation:

  • Represent KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. in a positive manner.
  • Adhere to the Community Action Code of Ethics.
  • Seek to understand poverty and the barriers faced by community members.

Confidentiality:

  • Maintain confidentiality of agency, program, and client information.

KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) Employer. We recruit, hire, place, promote, terminate, layoff, recall, transfer, compensate, and train without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This information will be made available in alternative formats upon request.