G.E.A.R. Parent Network is currently looking for a self-motivated, organized and optimistic PARENT or CAREGIVER who have raised or are raising a child/youth with emotional/behavioral health concerns to fill the role of Regional Parent Support Coordinator serving families in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Southern Aroostook Counties (Candidate must also live in one of these counties they will cover).
The individual will draw both on training received from G.E.A.R. and on his or her own personal lived experience of parenting a child with behavioral health needs to support and empower families who also have children with emotional/behavioral health concerns. The Coordinator will help identify the unique strengths and needs of individual families; will establish and facilitate support groups, present educational workshops, work 1:1 mentoring families in their homes (after receiving training) participate on committees and build positive collaborative relationships with community members and behavioral health providers. Through telephone contact, one on one contact, workshops and special events the Coordinator will provide emotional support, problem solving, education and information related to community resources and children’s issues to parents/caregivers who have children with emotional/behavioral health care needs.
This parent Coordinator role will empower parents in the community and 1:1 settings; will accomplish this by providing education, role modeling and encouraging parents/caregivers to move toward self-advocacy in the attainment of their own, culturally-specific life goals for themselves and their children. The candidate will share personal lessons learned in their own lived experience journey and helps to empower parents who have children with SED/emotional and behavioral health concerns to develop their skills and knowledge related to parenting, communication and system navigation; connection to natural supports by working directly 1:1 with each parent/caregiver assigned via in their home, community and virtually.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
- High school diploma or GED.
- 5+ years of lived experience parenting a child/youth with behavioral health concerns and experience navigating systems of care on behalf of that child.
- Obtains National Parent/Family Peer credentials from the National Federation of Families Certification Commission as a Certified Family Peer Specialist; the CFPS is required within 2 years of date of employment.
- 100+ hours of specific training will be provided to the candidates to meet this condition.
- Is a parent/caregiver of a child/youth with emotional or behavioral health needs; has 5 or more years lived experience* navigating the systems of care on behalf of that child/youth.
- Ability to communicate well
- Computer efficient (Microsoft office software, can type well, is able to work and accept/make telephone calls from their home office)
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
- Has a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Tools and training to accomplish job will be provided. Candidates must provide own reliable transportation. Job related travel will be reimbursed.
- Demonstrates basic computer skills with competencies in Microsoft office software (including ability to type 25 wpm; write in professional manner correspondence and email; and ability to send email with attachments) and ability to enter data of their contacts and activities into a database.
- Maintains an ongoing effort to enhance and improve job related Agency services and systems.
- Supports a productive, cooperative and efficient working relationship with all families, staff and Board members.
- Completes tasks/work with quality and in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.
- Consistently maintains a positive attitude and image when representing GEAR/Crisis & Counseling.
In order to mitigate risk of Covid-19 coming into our facility and to ensure the safety of our clients and staff, the Covid-19 vaccination is required for this position.
SCHEDULE OF EMPLOYMENT: : This is a full time (30-40 hours/week) non-exempt position. Flexibility for both evening and weekend work is required.
LOCATION: Home office and in the community.