At LACASA Center, the spirit of diversity and inclusion is encouraged and infused into everything we engage in—from the community education programs we develop and the crisis shelter we operate, to the employee benefits/programs we offer and the social outreach initiatives we spearhead. It is our belief that opportunity, access, resources, and rewards should be available to, and for, the benefit of all.
Our nonprofit organization celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021. We have a long history of providing life-saving and life-changing programs for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Our independent, locally-based agency is the only organization of its kind in Michigan—and one of just a few in the nation—that provides comprehensive wrap-around services for all victims of abuse under one roof. This streamlines access to services for victims and their families, and helps reduce the trauma of seeking multiple services at separate agencies.
Since our organization was established in 1981, we have evolved to offer more than 30 programs and services that help empower victims of abuse as they rebuild their lives. If you are passionate about our mission, we invite you to explore a career with LACASA Center.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: As a Parent Coach at LACASA, you will offer parents individualized support, parenting education, stress-reduction techniques, advocacy assistance, and referrals to community resources. You will assist in establishing and achieving parenting goals and encourage parents to build on their own strengths as they learn positive ways of managing family stress.
QUALIFICATIONS: We require a Bachelor’s degree in one of these areas: social work, sociology, psychology; consumer/community services; family ecology, family studies, family and/or child development; and/or a related field. Parent coaches should have field experience with children and families, and possess the ability to engage those with a history of trauma and/or abuse/neglect. An understanding of the family preservation philosophy and intervention strategies is essential. Strong communication, problem-solving and organization skills will be an advantage in this position. A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.
SCHEDULING: This is a part-time position that serves Owosso and the surrounding area. Candidate must have flexible availability, including day, evening and weekend hours.
- Meets with parents weekly to provide strategies on parenting skills and other related stressors
- Educates and identifies strategies to achieve parenting goals
- Maintains coaching skills by attending regular conference and training opportunities
- Provides emotional and psychological support to improve client coping mechanisms
- Discusses child development and educates on age appropriate expectations
- Builds upon the parent and child relationship and attachment based activities
- Provides referrals to appropriate community resources
- Maintains client confidentiality
- Consults with supervisor during regularly scheduled supervisory appointments
- Operates within contract budget
- Complies with contract requirements and commitments
- Attends court sessions as requested by DHHS
- Attends DHHS family team meetings as requested
- Completes required documentation within required timeframes
- Resolves programmatic and compliance issues with funder
- Reports any critical incidents or suspicion of child abuse and neglect to DHHS and supervisor immediately
- Participates in and prepares for various audits as requested
- Behaves in a manner consistent with LACASA Philosophies, Standards of Conduct, and LACASA Staff Handbook
- Attends and participates in all meetings as required
- Performs all other duties as assigned
- Occasional prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
- Frequent traveling in vehicle to visit clients/families, attend court and meetings
- Frequently required to traverse a variety of terrains while working in the field
- Occasionally required to lift items weighing up to 15 pounds
LACASA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, or citizenship status; religion; age, marital status or pregnancy status; physical or mental disability; gender identity/expression or sexual orientation; or Veteran status.
If you meet the qualifications and requirements for this position, we invite you to email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.