Employment Opportunities

MFN Employment Opportunities

Position: Early Head Start Family Advocate/Teacher

Maryland Family Network is seeking applicants for Early Head Start Family Advocate/Teacher in Baltimore City. Under the direction of a Child Development Specialist, the Family Advocate/Teacher will recruit and register children enrolled in the EHS program, support case management services for enrolled families and support infant/toddler classrooms as needed The successful candidate must have:

• AA degree in ECE, social work, human services with experience working in a licensed child care center
• 90 hour Child Care Certificate and 45 hour Infant/Toddler certificate
• Provisional acceptance can be given to candidates who complete the 45 hr I/T certification within a specified period of time.
• Possess valid driver’s license and have regular access to a vehicle
• Have current physical examination and TB screening
• Must pass criminal background check prior to employment

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to EHS, Maryland Family Network, Inc. 1001 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202. EHSFamilyAdvocatejobs@marylandfamilynetwork.org. Deadline April 17. EOE. No phone calls.

Position: Project Director Prenatal-to-Three

MFN has an immediate opening for a Prenatal-to-Three (PN-3) Project Director to direct statewide activities in support of Maryland’s PN-3 Strategic Policy Initiative, a three-year, grant-funded project. The PN-3 Project Director will direct the project’s vision and strategy and support a host of aligned activities, including systems and infrastructure development by mobilizing funding and routinely recruiting, convening, and supporting a number of relevant implementation groups and other stakeholders. The PN-3 Project Director will cultivate and support parent leadership in meetings and decision-making, apply an equity lens to implementation activities, and attend meetings of existing groups whose work is aligned with Maryland’s PN-3 initiative. This position will support the Executive Director in mobilizing project funding; engaging the project stakeholders, including the Key Leaders and Leadership Council; planning and execution of an annual PN-3 program summit; and implementing and overseeing communications and fundraising plans. Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:
• Direct day-to-day activities related to the execution of the PN-3 Strategic Policy Initiative grant, ensuring that project work plans are in alignment with funder requirements and the State Collaboration’s goals and objectives. Serve as programmatic liaison for both internal and external partners.
• Monitor and effectively manage program timelines and resources to ensure timely completion of program deliverables. Review deliverables, project performance, activities and timelines with the Executive Director and other key stakeholders that will be involved with project activities, ensuring project objectives and measures remain in alignment with the State Collaboration’s goals and objectives.
• Support the Executive Director by managing the project’s fundraising plan by engaging private foundation and corporate funders to excite them about the opportunities to invest in the P-3 plan.
• Support the Executive Director by ensuring the project has the data it needs to capture characteristics of adults and children served and services offered as part of the PN-3 plan implementation and by coordinating with consultants and an array of partners supporting the project’s data collection goals. Strategically monitor, translate, and disseminate results.
• Oversee the implementation of the PN-3 communications plan by developing and implementing communication strategies to ensure all PN-3 project and program stakeholders have up-to-date and accurate information about various project components. Collaborate with the MFN Communications Director on the development of promotional materials, including a stakeholder website for the distribution of project materials, and informational and promotional communications like newsletters, e-blasts, and letters to the editor. Convene communications experts from participating agencies and organizations in order to align and synchronize messages.
• Support the Executive Director in planning and executing biannual meetings with the existing Leadership Council to present a full report on the year’s accomplishments and challenges and key elements of a PN-3 statewide summit.
• Support the Executive Director and Public Policy Director in connecting with PN-3 advocacy efforts in Annapolis and Washington, DC.
• Attend regular meetings of existing stakeholder groups whose work is relevant to the PN-3 plan, ensuring that the PN-3 perspective is considered and that collaborative opportunities are identified and maximized.
• Recruit, cultivate, convene and support a number of groups essential to implementing the PN-3 plan, including partners who will become active with the State Collaboration or the Key Leaders.
• Establish a group of, by, and for parents, to ensure that parent voices are heard at all tables, state and local by engaging existing organizations that represent parents and getting their ideas about how to proceed.
• Coordinate with public and private health insurers to encourage coverage of important aspects of maternal and child health and to troubleshoot issues that arise.
• Develop at least one webinar annually on topics such as innovative PN-3 service delivery, opportunities to promote equity among PN-3 services in Maryland, and other topics as they emerge as relevant to the range of stakeholders.
• Convene trainers across agencies to inventory offerings and identify opportunities for efficiencies in the effort to embed best practices across disciplines.
• Other duties as assigned by the MFN Executive Director.

Position Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in relevant field such as early childhood education, public health and administration, program management, nonprofit administration, and social work is appreciated. Additional job experience/lived experience could substitute for an advanced degree.
• At least 5 – 7 years of progressively responsible experience in project management, nonprofit program administration, or a related field.
• Strong interpersonal skills; ability to engage with and facilitate learning and discussion among highly accomplished professionals.
• Strong program management skills and experience, particularly the ability to manage to annual goals and timelines.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
• Robust organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to multi-task.
• Demonstrated experience working as part of a team.

Maryland Family Network is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran, status, or any other characteristic prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. To apply, please send resume with cover letter to : humanresources@marylandfamilynetwork.org. No phone calls. EOE

Position:  Human Services Program Assistant

Maryland Family Network, a state-wide nonprofit organization located in Harbor East, in Baltimore, Maryland has an immediate opening for a Human Services Program Assistant.  This is a full-time opportunity for a candidate interested in contributing administrative, training, and organizational skills to help to grow a strengths-based initiative, with the capacity for the position to grow along with the program’s success.  The Human Services Program Assistant is primarily an administrative support position which also coordinates and assists with Strengthening Families training activities and helps to broaden the scope of Strengthening Families activities state-wide. This position requires excellent administrative skills; an eagerness to learn; high energy; a positive, can-do outlook; passion for supporting families with young children; accuracy and attention to detail.  Support of special events as well as standard operating procedures require the following:  brisk walking, stooping, crawling, sitting for extended periods, and lifting/carrying/moving items weighing up to 25 pounds; driving and transporting materials to scheduled events.   A valid driver’s license, regular access to a reliable automobile, and willingness to travel locally and state-wide required.

Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or other human services field.
  • Expertise in MS Office applications; date entry expertise preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Direct work-related experience with parents and/or with community involvement.
  • A valid driver’s license with regular access to an enclosed, reliable vehicle.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist with planning and coordinating activities related to the Strengthening Families and Parent Cafes throughout Maryland.
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance related to Strengthening Families/Parent Cafés in Maryland.
  • Maintain the Strengthening Families Parent Café and Facilitator databases.
  • Manage logistics of training and technical assistance.
  • Participate in training or other activities to further develop knowledge and skills in Parent Cafés and Strengthening Families.
  • Co-facilitate and/or facilitate the Parent Café Facilitator Training Institute, Parent Cafés, and other Strengthening Families training.
  • Assist with development of a robust parent leader element to Parent Cafes statewide.

Please send resume with cover letter to: humanresources@marylandfamilynetwork.org.  No phone calls.  EOE.

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Openings: Early Head Start Teachers
Organization: Goodwill

FULL TIME OPPORTUNITY WITH EXCELLENT BENEFITS!

JOB SUMMARY:
Provide comprehensive services to children in the areas of cognition, physical, social and emotional development in a clean, safe classroom or home setting promoting family engagement. Adhere to federal Head Start Performance Standards, state licensing regulations, local agencies policies and core values.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Conducts developmental screenings and family needs assessments.
• Identifies and refers children with special needs for supportive services.
• Maintains classroom environment and curriculum to Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) and Head Start standards.
• Develops daily/weekly classroom lesson plans and individualized family service educational plans (IFSP) in collaboration with parents.
• Completes daily health and safety checks conducting regular fire drills and proper maintenance of equipment, documenting all injuries, hazards and incidents.
• Completes daily anecdotal notes and observations, inputting information into MyHeadStart or Teaching Strategies GOLD database systems.
• Tracks daily sign in/out sheets and compiles weekly attendance reports and CACFP meal counts.
• Maintain record management standards ensuring child/family files have required and updated documentation.
• Ensures hygiene routines are maintained such as toileting procedures, diaper change, teeth brushing and hand washing.
• Supervises and monitors children’s activities in the classroom and outdoor play areas.
• Assist in the daily serving of snacks and meals promoting family serving style.
• Conduct classroom inventory and prepare list of needed supplies.
• Participate in ongoing training and development, case review, staff and individual supervision meetings.
• Assist with recruitment and enrollment, engaging service provider agencies and attending community outreach events.
• Conducts home visits and teacher conferences.
• Provides families with developmentally appropriate activities and information to address child’s needs, guidance on home safety, nutrition, effective discipline and constructive play activities.
• Links families with community resources serving as a liaison.
• Coordinates social, educational, community and volunteer activities with parents and families.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
• High School Diploma or equivalent required; Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred.
• One year supervised classroom experience with children age zero through three years required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
• 45 hour Infant and Toddler Certificate required
• 90 hour Child Care Certificate required
• Infant-Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) certification required within 90 days after hire
• 9 hours Communications certification preferred
• Current Infant/toddler CPR, First Aid Certificate required within 90 days after hire
• Current Universal Precaution Certificate required
• Must possess a current valid and unrestricted driver’s license and be fully insured according to Maryland law

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Pre-employment Early Head Start CJIS criminal background investigation clearance required
• Pre-employment physical and tuberculosis screen clearance per Early Head Start guidelines required

SCOPE OF SUPERVISION:
• Minimal supervision provided on an as needed basis. Monthly supervision and team meetings are conducted by the supervisor. May be required to advise and guide other personnel (i.e. floaters, substitutes, volunteers and Child Development Assistants) who work with assigned groups of children in classroom, playground areas, and during field trips, as applicable.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
• Ability and desire to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
• Ability to participate in training classes pertaining to child development, children at risk,
special needs, etc.
• Ability to accurately record and deliver information, meet deadlines, and perform all duties efficiently and accurately.
• Ability to communicate effectively and positively with parents, children, staff, supervisor and general public.
• Ability to provide support and education to parents in a positive, non-judgmental manner and respond competently to the culture and values of each individual, family and community.
• Ability to respect participants’ communications as confidential and discuss pertinent
information with supervisor and other staff in an appropriate manner/area.
• Ability to involve the parent in working with his/her child.
• Ability to follow through on instructions as they pertain to classroom management.
• Ability to implement the activity plans for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
• Ability to model/teach to parents how to nurture and interact with their children.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Medium
Lifting up to 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. May be required to regularly stand for extended periods of time, walk, reach with hands/arms with full range of motion, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, push or pull. Regularly required to talk and hear. Frequently required to use hands and fingers to hold, handle and feel objects, knobs, keys and/or buttons.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:
Travel is defined as travel to all areas within Goodwill’s territory (Cecil, Harford, Baltimore, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties, Baltimore City and the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland). In some cases, long-distance travel, including overnights may be required but is typically planned in advance. In some cases, travel may be unplanned. Home visits will be conducted weekly and on as needed bases. Personal vehicles are used and mileage reimbursement is available.

Up to 50% of working time
Must have access to own transportation

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Moderate
Employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles and outside weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate.

Network job opportunities are included as a courtesy. Contact the sponsoring agency for more information. No phone calls or requests of information about these positions will be accepted by MFN.

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