• Family Specialist

    Job Description

    Who we are

    The mission of Compass is guiding, building and restoring children and families. Faith is the heartbeat of our mission. We believe that changes are best made in proximity to one another. We seek creative solutions to make a significant impact for children and families. The vision of Compass is to go BEYOND the challenges faced by children and families.

    Compass provides services in 23 counties in central and western Nebraska, from Grand Island to Ogallala and Broken Bow to the Kansas border.

    Compass has over 30 staff based in Kearney and North Platte. Our services include Foster Care and Family Services (including Intensive Family Preservation). We are the implementing partners for CarePortal in central and western Nebraska. We are expanding our therapeutic services to include outpatient therapy in our Kearney office.

    Compass has been serving children and families in Nebraska since 2007.

    Why you should work for us

    We believe that the best thing about us is our employees. Every employee thoroughly represents the core values of our organization. We strive to support and care for our teams so that they can in turn provide quality services for the children and families they serve. Even as Compass grows, we strive to maintain our family-like culture. Compass achieved the highest-level certification of Flourishing for organizational health, by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute.

    JOB DESCRIPTION

    DEFINITION:

    Under the direction of the Director of Family Services, the Family Specialist is responsible for serving children and families through providing supervised visitation and skill building. This includes monitoring and intervening to assure safety and an appropriate environment during services. The Family Specialist assists the youth or family navigate their case and to address the needs that are present in the home.

    ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:

    Support, equip, and educate parents on how to effectively care for their children.

    Work with the family as a unit to develop positive interactions, communication skills, family activities and appropriate family structure.

    Assist parents in understanding and meeting the developmental needs of their children.

    Equip families to build strong relationships, bonding and nurturing within their home.

    Assist families by providing skills for maintaining a sanitary living environment, acquiring employment and housing, managing a budget and accessing community resources.

    Coordinate and provide supervised visitation between parents and their children while maintaining safety and promoting healthy relationships.

    Complete all required services documentation and regular communication with the Children and Family Services Specialist (CFSS) and Family Team.

    Attend and participate in team meetings and staff meetings to ensure program growth and excellence.

    Participate with professionalism and excellence as part of the larger Family Team (legal team, caseworkers, therapists, school personnel, foster care, etc.) to meet the needs of children and families being served.

    Communicate and meet regularly with the program supervisor to ensure excellence in service provision and to monitor case progress.

    Work as a team member by providing assistance and support to other programs and staff within Compass as needed or directed, including filling in for other staff members and their cases.

    Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • A minimum or 2 years experience in human services is required.
    • A Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services related area is preferred.
    • Strong communication and organizational skills are essential, as is the ability to manage a complex schedule.
    • The position demands a candidate with high energy and the capacity to meet changing demands and deadlines.
    • The Family Specialist must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic computer skills.
    • Flexible hours will include evenings and weekends that are convenient to families and the needs of the program.
    • The Family Specialist must be able to work well with a team and build relationships and rapport in and outside the agency.

    To apply: Please send your resume to [email protected]

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