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Child Development & Family Ctr Parent Coordinator

Northern Illinois University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Aug 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Primary Function

The Family coordinator position is a full-time, 12 month position.

The focus of the Family coordinator position is to support ongoing Preschool for All-Expansion ( PFA -E) programming focused on the support of families receiving services through the program. The Family coordinator will report to the Practicum and
PFA -E Director.

The Family coordinator will demonstrate an understanding of early childhood developmental stages, parenting concerns, community services and agencies. This individual will possess sharp communication skills and be culturally sensitive to the needs and issues of at-risk families. This individual will be responsible for coordinating parent education programs, parent-child interaction nights, and home-based family fun activities. This individual will participate in the initial screening process doing the parent-intake interview and parent education interest survey. This position will be vital in linking families with community resources and services. The Family coordinator will follow the Preschool for All operational calendar.
Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

A. Family Engagement and Education: In support of Pre-School For All ( PFA ) program activities, the family coordinator will take primary responsibility for family engagement and education for families participating in the PFA Program.
• Collaborate with teachers and instructional leaders to engage families in the classroom and school/site, including meaningful volunteer opportunities
• Ensure that the program maintains a welcoming environment for families
• Promote and support effective parenting strategies with PFA families
• Plan and implement monthly opportunities for family education based on program needs and feedback (includes workshops on health care, mental wellness, dental care, and healthy lifestyles)
• Ensure alignment of family engagement activities to the Illinois State Board of Education ( ISBE ) Family Engagement Framework
• Conduct home visits
• Create a Family Newsletter with information, strategies, and links to community resources
• Help to manage and develop the program lending library – including parent resources, toys, and books
• Educate families on kindergarten transition and connect families to community-based resources as appropriate
• Work with preschool teachers and families to develop a kindergarten transition plan for each child
• Assist with monitoring attendance at the PFA—E program and communicate with parents on attendance related issues
• Assist in the facilitation of the Child Development and Family Center Parent Advisory Council

B. Eligibility, Recruitment, and Program Support: Working with the Practicum and PFA Director, the family coordinator will manage the eligibility and recruitment processes for the program.
• Support program efforts to identify and recruit the most at-risk children in the community
• Support families in the screening and enrollment process
• Collaborate with the classroom teachers and instructional leaders of early learning programs to plan workshops, field trips, child/family events in an effort to engage families in cultural and social enrichment
• Collaborate with program preschool teachers to develop and support goals to address the development of children

C. Comprehensive Services and Case Management: Working with the Practicum and PFA Director and PFA teaching staff, the Family Coordinator will provide case coordination to comprehensive services for families served by the PFA program.
• Work with families to provide referrals, resources, and services that address the needs of families and conduct follow-up to ensure effectiveness of services
• Work with Instructional Leader to develop Memoranda of Understanding and opportunities for community collaboration (i.e. health, mental health, dental, etc.)
• Provide mental health consultation for the PFA -E classrooms.
• Maintain case management files in an orderly fashion
• Generate reports as needed for the Practicum and PFA director in support of mandated reporting, including reporting of SIS data
• Plan and assist with kindergarten transition activities (kindergarten visit days, etc.)
• Communicate and coordinate birth-three transition to PFA -E program
• Collaborate with program preschool teachers and families to identify medical, dental, mental health, and other needs
• Maintain ongoing contacts and relationships with community-based services providers to facilitate the efficient referral to services for families enrolled in the PFA program
• Serve as a liaison to external community-based agencies by representing the PFA program on local social services networks

D. Facilitator of the NIU Child Care Access Means Parents in School ( CCAMPIS ) program: The family coordinator will work closely with Child Development and Family Center ( CDFC ) Executive Director and Family and Consumer Sciences ( FACS ) Chair on the administration of the
• Responsible for operational management of CCAMPIS program
• Establish student eligibility for the CCAMPIS program
• Serve as an appropriate liaison to other support units on campus
• Serve as a mentor for CCAMPIS student recipients providing academic advising and monitoring through myNIU and
SSC Campus
• Connect CCAMPIS students with children at CDFC with other NIU campus resources
• Provide parent education services to CCAMPIS parents as appropriate
• Provide case-management services for CCAMPIS recipients as appropriate
• Supervise graduate assistant in support of NIU CCAMPIS program

E. Classroom teaching and professional mentoring:
• Serve as instructor in 1 course per academic year in FACS curriculum. Possible course assignments include HDFS
482: Child Abuse and Neglect and HDFS 478: Child Welfare Foundations.
• Assist HDFS family science faculty with the logistics of experiential learning experiences designed for HDFS students in the CDFC
(i.e. parent education)
• Serve as intern supervisor at CDFS for HDFS students pursuing studies in family socials ervices.
• Attend HDFS area meetings with HDFS faculty as needed to discuss the delivery of family social service curriculum
Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

1. Any one or any combination of the following types of preparation:
(a) credit for college course work in or closely related to the social or behavioral sciences
(b) work experience and/or training that provided a knowledge of human behavior by having demonstrated through public contact the ability to cope with a variety of people,(such as complaint clerk, salesperson, or receptionist) that totals 1.0 unit according to the following conversion rates:
24 semester hours of “a” = 1.0 unit
24 months of “b” = 1.0 unit.
Amounts of education, experience, or training less than those listed above should be converted to decimal equivalents of 1.0 unit and added together when computing combinations of the different types of preparation.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

1. Master’s Degree in Family Social Services, Social Work, Child Development or related field

2. Three years of experience working with families and family caseloads
Education and Experience Preferred

• Certified as CFLE through the National Council of Family Relations
• Classroom instruction at the college/university level
• Mentoring and providing advising to university students
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

Ability to think critically, analytically, and strategically, and to address emerging trends and issues in social service and student personnel practice.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills essential to the collaborative process of the Child Development and Family Center.
Working Hours
M-F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; some additional hours as needed
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
$4166.67 per month
Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

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Closing Date
Priority Review Date

Special Instructions to Applicants
  • Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including employment dates and duties for all positions held. Applicable part-time work experience will be considered toward qualifying for this position, however, it will be converted to a full-time equivalency to determine combined length of experience.
  • If you have education and/or training in excess of what is required, we encourage you to upload your unofficial transcripts.
  • After the posting has closed, your submission will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the classification, including any specialty factors associated with this particular position.
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  • ALL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE SCHEDULED TO COME TO THE NIU DEKALB CAMPUS TO TAKE A STATE UNIVERSITIES CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION . At the time of testing, you will be required to present a photo ID. NOTE : If you have previously tested for this classification and wish to rewrite the exam to improve your score and register position, please contact and include Program Services Specialist 4908 in the subject line by the posting deadline.
  • Required documentation noted in the posting such as driver’s license, licensures, or certifications MUST be presented at the time of examination.
  • If eligible for Veteran’s Preference Points, DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256 paperwork reflecting an Honorable Discharge MUST be uploaded to this application in order to receive the maximum eligible points on the Civil Service examination.
  • After testing of all qualified applicants has been completed for this position, the names with the top three scores will be referred to the hiring department for interview.
  • Click on Program Services Specialist for more information including salary ranges, typical duties, minimum acceptable qualifications, and testing requirements.
  • Please click Human Resource Services – Benefits for detailed information about Northern Illinois University’s benefits package.
  • Employment is contingent upon your passing a criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Required references should include at least one whom is a supervisor.
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EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at .

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Have you attached a copy of your DD214, DD215, NGB22, or DD256 for consideration of Veteran's Preference Points? The copy submitted should reflect the status of discharge in order to be considered.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of at least 3 References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  2. Transcripts #2 (unofficial with official required at hire)
  3. Certifications/Licensure #1
  4. Certifications/Licensure #2
  5. Military Discharge Documents ONLY (DD214/DD215/NGB22/DD256)

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