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Family Development Professional

Cleveland, OH, USA Req #472
Friday, August 30, 2019

Job Summary

Provide home visits to women and their families eligible for the Smart Start Home Visiting Program funded through Head Start Grant. Grant term is 5 years and renewable. Responsible for recruitment, enrollment, planning, care coordination, and implementation of all essential components of the curriculum, assisting assigned families in identifying, accessing and utilizing community resources, while encouraging and promoting each family’s empowerment and self-sufficiency and reinforcing positive self-help skills.


Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Services or related.

  • Experience in child development and early childhood education

  • Certification in First Aide, communicable disease and child abuse recognition required after hire.

  • Valid Driver’s License, with proof of valid insurance required.

  • No record of child abuse or moral turpitude as determined by background check based on fingerprints.

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus


Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities

Screening, Observation, Assessment, and Curriculum Planning

  • Visit families once per week for 90 minutes per visit
  • Ensure parent/guardian participation with child
  • Cover at least three components during each visit, and all components over the course of a month
  • Conduct make-up visits within two weeks with families unable to fulfill their scheduled visits
  • Visit pre-natal women at a minimum twice per month for 1.5 hours and complete 1 check in via phone call or text message.

  • Ensure parent participation

  • Cover at least three components during each visit, and all components over the course of a month.

  • Conduct make-up visits within two weeks with families unable to fulfill their scheduled visits.

  • Link assigned families with a medical home, facilitate application of community resources, client follow-up for prenatal care and immunizations, mental health and nutrition.          

  • Administer screening and assessments along with keeping accurate children’s records 
  • Collaborate with parents to prepare and implement weekly lesson plans
  • Conduct Parent/Teacher conferences at least twice per year to review the child’s assessment and screening information in a safe and healthy environment. 
  • Complete a family assessment twice per year.
  • Develop family goals, provide referrals and resources that are documented in the families’ electronic record.
  • Provided transportation as needed.

Group Socialization

  • Plan and implement group experiences twice a month for families
  • Plan and implement group socialization twice per month for Centering Pregnancy- prenatal clients.
  • Plan and implement field trips for the families
  • Provide an environment that is safe and healthy

Agency and Community Collaboration

  • Plan with the component Managers and Supervisor for providing all the Head Start component services to the families
  • Participate in agency recruitment activities throughout the school year, i.e. open enrollment, special events in order to maintain funded enrollment of Smart Start Home Visiting Program.
  • Work cooperatively with community resource agencies, connecting families as appropriate to meet their individual needs.

Caseload Management

  • Recruit and maintain maximum caseload of 12 families, which include children and prenatal women, throughout the entire year
  • Maintain an active waiting list


  • Participate in probationary and annual staff evaluations completing self-evaluations and goal setting.
  • Assist with agency recruitment activities throughout the school year i.e., open enrollment, special events.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and agency in-services. 

 Other Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Other duties as assigned

 Core Competencies

  • Working knowledge of the principles of child health, safety, and nutrition; adult learning principles, and family dynamics.
  • Knowledge of community resources and the skills to link families with appropriate agencies and services.
  • Capable of developing and sustaining positive relationships with family members, staff and community partners.
  • Professional communication skills in both verbal and written form.
  • Ability to Conceptualize.
  • Attention to Detail.
  • Coaches and Mentors.
  • Client Focus.
  • Continuous Learning.
  • Empathetic of Others.
  • Flexible/Adaptive.
  • Gains Commitment.
  • Maintains Perspective.
  • Planning and Prioritizing.


Physical Demands/Work Environment

This job operates primarily in client homes, playrooms, and outdoor environment and also in an office environment.   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak, hear, and interact with young children at their physical level. The employee is frequently required to walk quickly, climb, stoop, squat, bend, stand on a stool, sit on the floor and in/at child-size furniture, stand and walk for up to 8 hours, use hands and fingers, and reach with hands and arms. It requires the ability to lift supplies, equipment, and files, open/close storage cabinets, and may occasionally require lifting children from the floor, into/out of high chairs, cribs, changing tables.  Travel and work outside of normal hours may be required for meetings, presentations, trainings and other events. Local travel is required.


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of The Centers. Since no position description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder's responsibility.



This position does not supervise any position.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Cleveland, OH, USA