Bilingual English-Spanish Early Childhood Developmental Navigator
Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Nonexempt
Location: Seattle, WA
Childhaven is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are upholding this by recruiting candidates of every race, creed, color, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and all other historically marginalized and excluded communities other protected status as provided by law. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are highly encouraged to apply!
We are proud to be a values-driven organization who serves families of diverse communities. Our values guide us in the way we treat each other, the decisions we make, and the success we achieve. The following are the values guide our work:
- 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.
Childhaven is a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. We are building a continuum of care model that is growing to respond to the changing needs of families by combining our legacy of healing-centered care, with the expertise of community partners. Going forward, we are embarking on a new and ambitious strategic impact plan to further strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation.
You are a passionate and dedicated individual who shares our vision: To help ensure that all children are safe and healthy; thriving physically, socially emotionally and educationally; and well nurtured by family and by their community.
You too are constructively dissatisfied with the status quo. You are equal parts learner, leader and mentor and see around the corners of a challenge, replaying the question of “What if…” with a reply of “Why not…” If this sounds like you, then we want to meet, get to know you, and talk more about the positive impact we could have together.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Childhaven has an exciting opportunity to join our innovative and growing Healthcare Integration team as a Bilingual English – Spanish Early Childhood Developmental Navigator embedded at Harborview’s primary pediatric care clinic.
The Early Childhood Developmental Navigator provides culturally responsive developmental, behavioral, and social stressor screening, strengths-based developmental promotion, and proactive case management to early childhood services. Navigators also collaborate with interdisciplinary health care teams to break down silos and transform primary care services through early childhood healthcare integration to improve equity and accessibility for families, particularly those facing linguistic and/or cultural barriers to care.
Harborview medical staff serve sponsors and collaborators in Childhaven’s support of families with infants and young children. This program is truly integrated into primary care in the first five years of life. The position will include a combination of on-site work integrated within the medical clinics, some in-person meetings at Childhaven, and some remote work.
As part of an integrated care model, you should expect to devote your time to the following areas:
Culturally responsive screening of child development, temperament, and family stressors.
- Administer and describe to families the screenings. Route referrals to appropriate clinic resources as needed.
- Share the outcome of the screenings to the medical provider and maintain open communication with the care team.
- Use electronic medical records to record screening results and maintain updated progress notes.
Strengths-based family support, developmental promotion, and parenting education:
- Meet with caregivers of infants and children from birth to 5 years to promote strong Parent-Child relationships using an Infant Mental Health/Early Relational Health framework and building on the principles of Promoting First Relationships (PFR).
- Emphasize strengths observed during the visit with parents and caregivers. Utilize tools to assist with parental capacity building.
- Promote early childhood programs and referrals such as ECEAP, ESIT, and ChildFind, highlighting the benefits, describing the enrollment or evaluation process, and reducing stigma with consideration for cultural and linguistic needs, family geographic location and caregiver comfort.
- Ensure families have access to needed supports and resources through the early childhood years by developing supportive, trusting relationships. Create the opportunity for ongoing contact with families with phone/text message check-ins in between scheduled well-child visits.
Proactive case management of developmental referrals:
- Serve as a liaison between agencies or school districts and families. Advocate for family rights when agencies or school districts are not meeting requirements to provide families’ needs for the services.
- Address barriers such as transportation or language.
- Advocate for caregiver inclusion in decision-making around the services their child receives.
Healthcare Integration Development, Improvement, and Advocacy
Along with other team members, Early Childhood Developmental Navigators will also:
- Train new Early Childhood Developmental Navigators on the responsibilities and techniques of the role and share best practices with new Navigators.
- Recruit caregivers to provide input on Navigator program to demonstrate success and areas for growth, and guide program improvement.
- Contribute to research with key stakeholders working to improve access to developmental services for families of young children.
- Present to current and potential partners, funders, and other interested community members about the new model of care being provided through the Early Childhood Developmental Navigator Program.
- Participate in professional development regarding anti-racism, oppression, and cultural competency and regularly assess own performance and program for related improvements.
- Participate in ongoing job-related professional development, in-service trainings and continuing education with a foundation of Infant Mental Health/Early Relational Health.
- Strong, Bilingual English/Spanish communication skills are required.
- Interest and ability to successfully work in diverse communities, including self-awareness, understanding of systems of oppression, and willingness to contribute to undoing institutionalized racism.
- Interest and ability to connect with diverse families, to identify their strengths and support connection to services by overcoming systemic barriers when identified.
- Comfortable interacting with babies and young children and their caregivers
- Ability to collaborate effectively within interdisciplinary teams and working across systems of care.
- Commitment to improving the experience of care for children and families, particularly those underserved by our current systems.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage a caseload of multiple families.
- Sufficient technological capabilities to use electronic medical records and other systems to record visit notes, collect data, and track patient progress.
- Ability and desire to be flexible and responsive
- Access to transportation to attend occasional off-site visits, trainings, or meetings.
- Ability to obtain and/or maintain current certifications including Pediatric/Adult CPR, first aid and AED, HIV and blood borne pathogens
- Background check, tuberculosis test, and drug screen required.
- Knowledge of early childhood development
- Knowledge of local resources for families with young children, preferably resources in King County
- At least 1 year of work or life experience in early childhood (parenting/education/developmental services), home visiting, social support services, infant mental health, or anything else related to early childhood. An Associates or Bachelor degree may be considered as a substitute for lived experience.
We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, Respect, and Reflection. Here’s a bit of what we offer our staff:
- We believe in a fully transparent hiring process.
- We offer a comprehensive Benefits Package including Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account (FSA), healthcare reimbursement account, and 403(b) savings program.
- 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. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and our antiracism council to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.
Childhaven values organizational culture and professional development. Team members at Childhaven have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through the following:
- Project work groups
- Clinical and/or reflective supervision
- Community advocacy and engagement opportunities
- Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Council (DIREC)
***HOW TO APPLY***
Please apply through our website. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application or selection process, please let us know.
This position will be open until filled; applicants are encouraged to apply. In addition to completing the application online, please attach a resume and cover letter when prompted.
Childhaven would like to get an accurate understanding of each applicant’s experience and interest.