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Center Based Family Specialist

Department: CB Family Services
Location: Madison, WI


  • Health, dental, vision
  • vacation and sick time
  • 4% 403(b) match after 2 years
  • company paid life insurance and long term disability
  • paid continuing education
  • no weekends or holiday work

Hours: 40 hours/weeks
Status: Full Year
Location: Based out of Great Beginnings Arbor Hills also covers Playing Field and a Family Child Care case load.

The Center Based Family Specialist is responsible for developing a trusting relationship with HS/EHS parents as support and resource person. They will coordinate with the classroom team to implement the growing 0-5 curriculum and other activities that will enhance the parent / child relationship. This person reinforces the crucial role of parents as the primary educator of their children; ensures that all health and other identified needs of children and their families are met; assumes a lead role in implementing social service coordination by providing on-going comprehensive support and case management services to assigned families that promote positive family development / self-sufficiency and social competency; support the families in obtaining and maintaining child care subsidy; assumes a lead role in assuring parent involvement through opportunities that foster parent and family growth; and serves as a positive liaison to other community agencies, providing assistance and guidance to families.



  • Minimum educational requirement of a  Associates or Bachelorís degree in Child Development, Early Childhood, Social Work or a related field
  • A minimum of 3 years experience working with low-income, multicultural families
  • Demonstrated experience and / or skills in family support and guidance including:
    • Addressing mental health needs, community resource usage, case management and advocacy
    • Community development
    • Assessing family needs, setting goals and developing plans of action
    • Facilitating support, educational and / or planning groups
    • Promoting community development, organization or advocacy work on behalf of low-income families
  • Effective approaches that support family self-sufficiency
  • Experience working with high-risk families in a multicultural setting is a plus
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating meetings and family gatherings Experience in identifying possible needs and referring families to specialized services in the areas of AODA, adult education / literacy, employability, parenting or mental health / outpatient counseling
  • Successfully pass a physical examination that verifies the employee is free from communicable diseases and is physically able to perform required job responsibilities
  • Have a valid Wisconsin Driver's License, motor vehicle and adequate liability insurance as required by agency policy and state liability regulations
  • Other duties as assigned

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