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Parent Ally Mentor
Job Code:18-09006
Reports to:Regional Director- Data and Programs Compliance
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Everett Regional Center
Location:3301 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201
  
Summary:

The Parent For Parent program (P4P) at Homeward House connects Parent Allies (parents who have successfully navigated the Dependency Court System) with parents who are new to the system. Parent Allies provide mentorship services to Homeward House Collaborative eligible participants referred by Providence Hospital (and other hospitals). They provide outreach, and lend support and encouragement to families entering the Dependency Court System. In addition, parent allies support the Homeward House Coordinator and P4P Program Coordinator. We have two part-time positions available.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply. 
Bilingual individuals are also encouraged to apply


Responsibilities:

Intake and Needs Assessments

  • Identifies and provides outreach to parents at Providence Hospital and dependency court hearings, introducing self as Parent Ally Mentor and offering support
  • Coaches parents in preparation for the 72-hour Shelter Care Hearing
  • Attends Intake and Needs Assessment meetings as scheduled and completes intake package forms, including: Release of Information Form (ROI), Demographic Form and Program Agreement
  • Collects accurate contact and demographic information on all parents with whom outreach is made
  • Invites all parents with whom outreach is made to attend a Dependency 101 class
  • Provides parents with written materials about resources that can assist them in engaging in services at Homeward House
  • Is responsible for following up with parents who have completed the Intake prior to Shelter Care Hearing
  • Communicates with Homeward House Coordinator regarding possible barriers to the successful completion of job duties
  • Provides completed forms to Homeward House Coordinator
  • Reviews case with Homeward House Coordinator on an ongoing basis
  • Other duties as assigned

Intensive Mentorship Services

  • Provides ongoing individual mentorship to clients participating at Homeward House
  • Develops Plan of Action with participant and Homeward House Coordinator in collaboration with P4P Coordinator
  • Assists Homeward House Coordinator with the planning of activities and coverage of Parent Ally Mentor schedule as needed
  • Listens to parents concerns and questions in high stress situations, and follow through on finding answers to parents questions as needed
  • Provides ongoing referrals and materials to parents that can assist them to prepare for their case
  • Ensure all forms, pre/post surveys, etc are completed and collected as required
  • Attends clients council meetings with Homeward house Coordinators and P4P Coordinator as needed
  • Completes online and in-person Mentorship training immediately after hiring 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Dependency 101 and 201 Classes

  • Assures that parent is signed for Dependency 101 class and provides follow up phone calls for the class, first tree days prior to the class and then one day immediately prior to the class
  • Collaborates with the PFP Program Coordinator, and other Homeward House collaborative partners stakeholders to recruit and sign up for the Dependency 101 and 201 classes
  • Helps to ensure that all handouts for Dependency 101 and 201 classes are develop and available each meeting; ensure that folders and surveys are properly numbered, accurately completed and available in sufficient supplies
  • Share personal experiences of navigating the child welfare system with parents and stakeholders attending the Dependency 101 class in a manner that is at once honest and constructive as needed and requested by P4P Coordinator
  • Complete gathering of parent information, as needed , if not completed at Shelter Care Hearing
  • Attend trainings and other mandatory YWCA-PFP events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Social Justice Advocacy

  • Actively engages in agency-wide Race & Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for people of color, trans and gender-non-conforming folks, and other populations who routinely encounter systemic oppressions
  • Assure that clients, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background

Qualifications & Core Competencies:
  • To meet the needs of the program and it's participants, the two part-time positions require candidates to be former Parent-Child that have experienced a court dependency due to Drug Addiction (preferably Opioids)
  • Have been successfully reunified with their children and had their dependency case closed
  • Can clearly articulate how they have accepted responsibility for the issues which led to their family’s involvement in Dependency Court
  • Have no new criminal actions on their record since dismissal of dependency
  • Able and willing to provide parents newly involved in the dependency process with a positive and constructive perspective on how they too have the opportunity to succeed
  • Must be able to travel independently to multiple work-sites within a day
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Have some computer skills knowledge such word, excel etc.
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Commitment to diversity required
  • Commitment to working with homeless families and veteran parents of the child welfare system required
  • Sensitivity to the needs of clients and staff from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds required
  • Knowledge of resources for low-income families in Snohomish County
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team required
  • Core Competencies: Fostering Diversity, Race & Social Justice Advocacy, Customer Service, Collaboration, and Organizational Processes  

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this position, the employee:

  • Must be able to stand or sit for extended period of time
  • Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs.

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20% 





Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $17.99
• Hours per week: 20
• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
• Excellent benefits package including retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund