Family TIES of Massachusetts
Part-Time (20 hours per week)
Mission: The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
Program Overview: As a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, Family TIES of Massachusetts is a statewide information and support network for families of children with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Family TIES of MA provides information and referral, technical assistance, and training for parents of children with special health needs or disabilities and professionals serving families.
Family TIES of MA is a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, funded by, and in collaboration with the MA Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Job Summary: A Regional Parent Coordinator provides information, referral, technical assistance, and training to parents who are learning to navigate the systems of care for children with special health care needs. Additionally, they identify emerging parent leaders, parent trainers and support parents. S/He will report to the Family TIES Program Director.
Essential Job Functions
- Provide information and technical assistance on early intervention, state and regional resources. Identify and facilitate supports to parents, caregivers, and providers.
- Responsible for data collection and record-keeping.
- Identify support parents to participate in the statewide Parent-to-Parent Program and Family Advisor Program.
- Connect parents to a variety of training activities offered by Family TIES, the Federation, DPH and other statewide organizations and agencies.
- Provide training and technical assistance that is accessible to all parents, including those who are non-English speakers or who have limited English proficiency.
- Collaborate and participate in activities with diverse communities within the southeast region.
- Distribute information and resource materials at community-based public meetings, conferences, and health fairs.
- Attend Federation staff meetings and the annual Visions of Community Conference, is required. Attend and participate in DPH activities including DPH regional staff meetings or any other meetings as requested.
- Serve as an advisor and consultant to the Office of Family Initiatives at DPH.
- Collaborate with staff of the Early Intervention and Regional Consultation programs (Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project, DPH Community Support Line and Care Coordination Programs),
- Perform other responsibilities as assigned.
- Parent of a child with special health needs, disabilities, and/or chronic illness
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and work experience may be substituted for education
- Two years of paid and/or volunteer experience providing support and information to parents
- Strong communication, interpersonal skills, and public speaking skills
- Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others
- Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint) or ability to learn
- Knowledge of community resources in the southeast region
- Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings.
- Valid Massachusetts driver’s license and access to a car or dependable transportation
- Bilingual skills a plus
To Apply: Send resume and cover letter by mail to: FCSN Human Resources, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE:This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week and is eligible for excellent benefits as determined by FCSN policies. S/He must work at least 3 days a week at the designated DPH regional office. Candidates for this position must be the parent of a child with special heath care needs and live in the southeast region as defined by the MA Department of Public Health.
The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization. As an Affirmative Action/EEO employer, FCSN is also committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation. We welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!