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Parent Empowerment Initiative (PEI)

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Division

Lucas County Children Services (Toledo, Ohio) is seeking a Parent Empowerment Initiative Coordinator for their Diversity Equity & Inclusion Division.

ACCOUNTABILITIES: To implement neighborhood-based, family-centered programs and supportive services to prevent the need for removal of children from their families or to assist parents in the areas of advocacy, legal, and resources and support. Assists in the development and implementation of all training related activities, as directed. Designs and conducts training sessions and provides training related support and services to regional agencies. Connecting people in the broader community by creating sponsorship agreements and cultivating relationships with businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Provides support in the development of training sessions dictated by agency training plan, legislation and other programming initiatives and needs. Maintain a calendar of outreach activities, including community events, workshops, appearances, and other communication opportunities. Schedule regular outreach exhibitions in the community and educate employees on community responsibility. Assist in the organization of special events, including donor/volunteer appreciation events and other fundraising initiatives. Prepare an annual budget for community outreach activities. Research and assist in writing grants to fund new and/or existing agency initiatives and programs for the Parents Empowerment Institute.

Ensures the quality and accuracy of the Parent Empowerment Institute data and assesses and organizes the data for reporting purposes. Monitors/reviews data from training workshops and federal/local training trends and prepares summary reports as appropriate. Analyzes trainer evaluation data, monitors, and evaluates workshops and reviews newly developed curriculum, outlines, and objectives with trainers to ensure learning objectives are covered and met. Oversees trainer/training activities such as, seeking approval for trainer payments and Compensation adjustment, approves training outlines and handouts, and identifies training sites and finalizes arrangements ensuring equipment and training resources are available. Provides for the facilitation of opening, closing, and monitoring of workshops as needed. Introduces and debriefs trainers as well as attends and evaluates workshops in accordance with mandated standards to ensure content integrity and quality. Coordinates and oversees the data entry into SACWIS, and the state Learning Management System (LMS). Oversees online learning resources for LCCS families and community members. Communicates the results of evaluation analysis and works closely with QA department to share data collection and analysis to strengthen policies, services, and client outcomes.

Coordinates, facilitates, and consults with other support services programs, assessing specific priority training needs as well as developing actual training packages with designated staff. Travels to and from training and community sites, meetings, etc. Collaborates on the development of a regional quarterly on-going Parent Empowerment training schedule/calendar and annual and/or bi-annual PEI Conference. Attends OCWTP and NWO/PCSAO, LCCS and other meetings as assigned and participates on relevant subcommittees.

Nurture new and old relationships with collaborative partners. Plan and execute community initiatives and programs. Create engaging and shareable content for a blog, Facebook page, monthly newsletters and/or promotional videos. Find new marketing and outreach opportunities to push brand image and products. Works with the Public Information department to ensure accurate brand representation. Provide community feedback to management and stakeholders.

Educates parents and kinship caregivers about equitable resources and accessibility in the community (both formal and informal) that can provide them with support and assistance. Provides assistance to parents and kinship caregivers in such areas as obtaining medical services, school issues, behavior management techniques, linkage with community resources, financial stability training, employment readiness, etc. Ensures the confidentiality of client/case information.

Develop Hybrid option for opportunity to broaden the scope for community engagement and accessibility. Coordinate cross-sectional agency collaboration to ensure comprehensive service delivery and facilitation. Coordinate collaborative programs pertaining to diversity, intersectionality, and issues impacting marginalized communities. Prepare accurate records and reports on the goals of PEI.

Consults and meets regularly with designated staff to design and implement training workshop curricula for Parent Empowerment Institute (PEI) families and community members. May consult and meet with Agency Departments to design and implement training workshop curricula for caseworker and supervisory staff. Assists in the development of training interventions and strategies to empower and impact Lucas County Children’s Services families and community members, caseworkers, and supervisors.

Provides back-up guidance and supplemental support to the Staff RTC Coordinator and the RTC Clerks

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Performs other related duties as assigned by the manager. Completes prescribed training hours annually. Attends unit, departmental and Agency staff meetings. Participates in Agency committees, meetings, discussions, and initiatives regarding improved outcome achievement by the Agency in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being of children.

ESSENTIAL BEHAVIORS: Comfort in working in the community with at-risk families and in a variety of home environments. Strong skills in communicating, developing, and presenting materials and strategic messaging. Must exercise sensitivity, tact, sound judgement, empathy and be aware of one’s own biases. Displays an outgoing and engaging personality.

SCOPE OF POSITION: Reports to: Manager-Training and Development

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, or related field required. Master’s Degree preferred. Plus, 3 years’ experience in direct child welfare practice. Valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and reliable automobile required. Ability to multi-task to accommodate high pace activities, managing and prioritizing multiple major projects or assignments concurrently. Ability to engage and develop positive relationships with others. Ability to manage time through prioritization of tasks/responsibilities and organizational skills. Knowledge of and ability to identify CA/N and CA/N related issues. Demonstrated knowledge of the following required: Problem solving, adult learning strategies, facilitation skills, and training skills and techniques. Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, required. Demonstrated ability to model effective interactions and communication skills in cross-cultural situations required.

Pay Range: $54,272.40 – $81,426.80

Hours Per Week: 35

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