If you’d like to make a difference in the life of a child, are motivated to create safer homes for all children, and are interested in a rewarding career in the nonprofit industry, we invite you to consider becoming part of our Shelter, Inc. team. Since 1975, Shelter, Inc. has provided for the emotional and physical well-being of children and families in need. Our programs and services help children and families build safer, healthier, and brighter futures. We are currently seeking a qualified Family Support Specialist for our Healthy Families Department.
The Family Support Specialist is responsible for enhancing family functioning, as well as promoting healthy childhood growth and development, by building trusting and nurturing relationships, teaching problem solving skills, and improving the family’s support system. The Family Support Specialist will obtain these goals by providing support, education and information via intensive home visitation services to the most distressed families in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The Family Support Specialist also provides assessment through screening first time parents at local hospitals or their home, assessing their strengths and needs, and referring them to community services as needed.
1. A Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, social work, or a closely related field from an accredited school is required; Master’s degree in social work is desired.
2. Experience with 0-5 population is required; experience with infant mental health, cultural diversity, and/or parenting education is desired.
3. Fluency in English, along with bilingual fluency in Spanish or Russian, is required.
4. Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license, an automobile, and must submit proof of Illinois auto insurance.
5. Must become certified in CPR, Infant CPR, and First Aid within the first six months of employment.
6. Must complete a Medical and T.B. test providing proof of results.
7. Must be fingerprinted by the State of Illinois and must submit to a full Background Check through the Department of Children and Family Services.
8. Must submit official educational transcripts from the last school in which a degree was awarded.
9. Must have the ability to lift 40 lbs.
About Shelter, Inc.
Shelter, Inc.’s mission is helping and protecting children who are abused, neglected, dependent, or in need of supervision. We do this by providing community based 24-hour emergency and longer-term care, creating community awareness and education to prevent such abuse and neglect, and promoting healthy families to reduce child abuse and neglect.
Shelter, Inc.’s programs include: Emergency group homes for youth 11-17 years old; Foster Care; Healthy Families (parent education and support to prevent child abuse); Transitional Living (for older adolescents to learn and develop independent living skills); 24 hour information and referral service; and Community Education.