WISe Parent Partner
Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA non-exempt
Location: Multiple areas throughout Seattle
Childhaven is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, inclusion, and recruiting candidates of every race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status as provided by law. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are highly encouraged to apply!
For over 110 years Childhaven has been a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. In the past few years, we have been adding services and locations, becoming more community-based, and forming partnerships to increase our impact. In June 2020, Childhaven consolidated with Renton Area Youth and Family Services (RAYS) and Art with Heart, which further expanded our capacity to better serve more children, families, and communities. By combining our legacy of healing-centered care, with the expertise of our new partners, Childhaven is building a continuum of care model that is unlike any other in the Puget Sound Region.
We are proud to be a values-driven organization that serves families from diverse communities. Our values are the compass we use to get us there. They guide us in the way we treat each other, the decisions we make, and the success we achieve. Values are the touchstones to chart and guide our behavior, and reflect our commitment to:
- TEAMWORK: Relationships come first.
- EQUITY: There’s infinite value in every human.
- EXCELLENCE: Constructively dissatisfied with the status quo.
- DEDICATION: Do more. Do better.
- RESPECT: Meet people where they are.
- REFLECTION: Feelings Matter. Stepping back and exploring possibilities.
Going forward, we are embarking on a new and very ambitious strategic impact plan to further strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation. In the next five years our goals are to double the number of locations and quadruple the number of children and families we are serving - all while developing and strengthening partnerships with other community-based organizations, referral sources, government agencies, and universities. In so doing, we are opening doors to a host of new roles and opportunities within the organization. And that’s where you come in.
Childhaven has an exciting opportunity to join the WISe (Wraparound with Intensive Services) Team as our next Wraparound Parent Partner. WISe/Wraparound is a team-based planning and service process designed to create better outcomes for children, to build child and family stability and support children’s success in their homes and communities. Members of this team will work closely together to collaboratively develop and implement an individualized plan of care, monitor the efficacy of the plan, and work towards success over time.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Wraparound Parent Partner utilizes their own experiences as the parent/caregiver of a child who has experienced trauma and/or significant emotional/behavioral issues, and involvement in one or more child serving systems, to deliver direct supportive services to parents/caregivers of a child referred to or receiving wraparound services. The Parent Partner ensures that parent/caregiver/family voice and choice is understood and utilized by other wraparound team members. Connects families to supports and resources within their community and engages family in the wraparound process. Advocates for family needs within the team and community. Provides services in client homes, schools or other convenient community locations. Position requires flexible work schedule and may include evenings and weekends to accommodate family’s needs.
Typical duties include:
- Meets with client regularly, communicating compassion, support, respect, and enthusiasm for them.
- Listens to the family’s story and, with them, identifies strengths, needs, preferences, and goals.
- Relates personal experience as a person with lived experience, to assist in building trust.
- Works with the client to identify and reach out to natural supports to engage them in the wraparound process.
- Assesses and reviews the family’s ability to communicate their own position and preferences.
- Supports the family to maximize their participation and voice in the development of the cross-system care plan.
- Brainstorms and negotiates strategies that build on family strengths.
- Provides a range of supportive interventions and activities as agreed to with the family and documented in the cross-system care plan.
- Assists the family in analyzing progress towards goals and encourages their feedback to other team members.
- Maintains productivity standards for direct service as established for the position.
- Ensures timely collection of statistical information for external funding sources and program evaluations.
- Ensures compliance with applicable agency contracts and adheres to all Federal, State and Local confidentiality requirements and guidelines. Performs periodic reviews of documentation on regular basis when required by WISe Coach or when need arises (self-audit).
- Participates in scheduled supervision, team meetings and administrative meetings. Utilizes reflective supervision to support professional growth and quality client care.
- Remains current with professional development requirements through seminars, etc.
- Complies with all Childhaven policies and procedures.
- Other duties as assigned.
Successful Candidates will:
- Have a strong understanding of family-professional partnerships
- Have the ability to discern when it is appropriate to share personal experience and when to listen, maintain flexibility, and open-mindedness in responding to family needs and concerns
- Possess the ability to reflect on and examine one’s own motivations, judgments, and feelings that may be activated by peer work, recognizing signs of compassion fatigue and knowing when to seek support
- Be able to work effectively with WISe team, including Facilitators and Mental Health Therapists
- Have the ability to use reflective supervision effectively
- Be able to prioritize work to effectively manage requirements
- Possess the ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations
- Be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
- Adhere to mandated reporting requirements
- Self-identify as a parent/caregiver to a child who has experienced trauma and/or significant emotional/behavioral issues and has been involved in at least one child serving system (e.g., special education, early intervention, child welfare)
- Experienced positive child/family outcomes
- Have or obtain the Peer Counselor Certification from the State of Washington within 6 months of hire (Childhaven will support you logistically to obtain this certification)
- Possess a valid driver’s license and safe driving record, have state required minimum automobile insurance, and be able to use own vehicle for the job
- Childhaven background check and drug screen requirement
- A cleared portable background check through Washington Department of Early Learning
- Maintain current certifications including Child/infant CPR, first aid and AED, HIV and blood borne pathogens
- Prior experience in a peer support role
We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, and Respect. Here’s a little bit about what we offer our staff:
- The ability to work alongside and learn from a multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled and experienced professionals.
- We believe in fully transparent hiring practices.
- We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Ten paid holidays, 2 weeks of vacation, paid sick leave, and 3 personal holidays. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending
account, education reimbursement and a 403(b) savings program with employer contributions. A full listing of benefits is available.
- No matter what your role is, you'll get opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education topics, advocacy, management skills, and more. We also work hard to make sure that you have a mentor—a person who's helping you grow professionally.
- We’re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that’s relevant to them and their values. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and to serve on our Racial Equity Team, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.
To Be Considered
- Complete an online application.
- Include a cover letter detailing how your experience and education that qualifies you for the position.
- Include a resume with professional experience and education that meets the minimum qualification.