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Beyond Abuse seeks a Community Coordinator for the Safe Babies Court Program

10/02/2020 11:42 AM | Brooke Kenney (Administrator)

Summary: The Community Coordinator will work in collaboration with judicial and child welfare leadership, community partners, and stakeholders to plan, implement, market, manage, and evaluate the local Safe Babies Court Team™ (SBCT). In an effort to effect community and system’s change, the Community Coordinator facilitates coordination and collaboration among community stakeholders, organizes and facilitates Family Team Meetings, provides community-wide and Infant-Toddler Court Team (ITCT) specific educational opportunities, tracks monthly follow-up activities for each case monitored by the ITCT, conducts on-going data collection for outcome tracking, and champions for the voice of infants, toddlers and their families within the child welfare and court’s jurisdictional purview.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Supports the development of policies and procedures to implement the local Infant Toddler Court Team (ITCT)
  • Creates connections with community partners to recruit for and develop an Active Community Team (ACT)
  • Supports Judicial Leadership in the convening and facilitation of the monthly ACT meetings to promote collective impact for systems change
  • Engages families early in the SBCT process and ensures that their input is valued throughout their child welfare/court journey
  • In collaboration with ITCT partners- develops, compiles, creates, and distributes ITCT communications and promotional literature
  • Supports the neutral facilitation of, and documentation for, a multi-disciplinary team that meets monthly to assist children and their families in developing strategies to mitigate the circumstances that brought them to the court's attention
  • Acts as a liaison for identifying community-based resources and supports and disseminates the information to other agencies and families
  • Seeks creative solutions that address barriers families face in accessing formal and informal supports to complement case management services
  • Develops relationships with community providers to explore referral processes and problem solving methods to expedite access
  • Models practice that enhances a highlighted focus on the unique development needs of infants and toddlers and their families
  • Actively participates in community-based initiatives that correlate with the ITCT mission and promote the well-being of young children and their families
  • Assesses the community's training and Technical Assistance needs and serves as a liaison with the National TCP and local content matter experts for the provision of educational opportunities to meet those needs
  • Works with the local judiciary, Child Welfare leadership and ITCT to implement the SBCT Core Components and adhere to best practice policies
  • Remains current on latest research/best practice recommendations/policies and distributes/disseminates information to the ITCT and community regarding such
  • Supports the ACT to engage in continuous quality improvement to evaluate the ITCTs effectiveness by collecting and interpreting data and on-going reflection of practice through data exploration and strategic planning
  • Networks and communicates with Community Coordinators in other ITCP communities
  • Performs other duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the SBCT and the National ITCP

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with community collaboration to effect systems change
  • Background in infant/early childhood development of related field
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently
  • Knowledge of issues related to child abuse and neglect
  • Working knowledge of racial equity, historical trauma, poverty, intimate partner violence, child and adult development, parental history of childhood trauma, mental illness, substance use disorders, and developmental and intellectual disabilities
  • Knowledge of the Social Determinants of Health and local resources available to assist families in making connections to achieve them
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary group
  • Working knowledge of early child development and infant mental health
  • Knowledge of Protective Factors and how to incorporate them in community capacity building and case planning
  • Knowledge of juvenile and family court functioning
  • Facility working with people of diverse educational, professional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Ability to work effectively across agencies and disciplines
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience focused on services for vulnerable young children and their families

Education Requirements: Master's degree in child development, social work, or related field is strongly preferred, minimum of an undergraduate degree 

Please send resumes to Deborah Parks at dparks@beyondabuse.info 

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