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Peapod Leader Grant Funded Part-Time/Mammoth Lakes at Mono County Office Of Education

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Job Information

Date Posted: 6/19/2017 Application Deadline: Until Filled
Employment Type: Part Time Length of Work Year: 2-10 Hours per week
Salary: 2017-2018 Classified Salary Schedule Range 41; $ 17.70-22.70 per hour Number Openings: (At time of posting) 1
Contact: Rhea Kerby Email: rkerby@monocoe.org
Phone: 760 932-7311
Job Description / Essential Elements: Print   

Peapod Playgroup Leader

Grant Funded Part-Time

 

 

Definition:

 

Employee shall perform the services of Peapod Program Leader for the Peapod Program to include the establishment, facilitation, and development of “new parent” playgroups (“playgroups”) and assistive services in a manner that is consistent with the Commission’s Peapod Program.  The work includes implementation of the tasks and services included in establishing, developing and providing playgroups and associated support for parents of young children.

 

The focus of the Peapod Program is on the development of playgroups for new parents countywide to enhance the health and social/emotional development of children ages 0-5, and the mental health and stability of young parents.  The program will also provide a safe and secure setting for parents to engage in discussion of mental health issues and issues facing new parents; work to increase the knowledge and confidence of new parents; and provide a forum to encourage new parents to gain stronger ties and connection to their community.

 

By presenting information about mental health within the same context that information is provided about parenting issues, the program seeks to destigmatize the use of local mental health services. Parent Leaders will seek to foster early recognition of emergent post-partum and other mental disorders and provide a forum for open and frank discussion of mental health issues (destigmatization), where seeking assistance for mental health problems/issues is encouraged and normalized.  

 

Supervision Exercised and Received:

 

An employee in this classification receives supervision from the First 5 Mono County Director, within a broad framework of policies and procedures.

 

 

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide weekly, in-community playgroups to families with young children. The playgroups shall be geared toward parents with newborns, however all families with children ages prenatal to six are welcome.
  • Conduct, on an annual basis,

Three (3) or four (4) English-speaking or Spanish-speaking playgroups in a specified geographic region

  • Ensure that each playgroup is run for a minimum of ten (10) sessions. 
  • Offer Parent support offered, and playgroup curriculum and topic content, shall be targeted toward meeting the goals and objectives of the Peapod Program and shall be determined by Employee, in consultation with First 5.  
  • The types of parent support to be offered, and topics to be covered, during playgroups may include but is not limited to: basic parenting skills and strategies; breastfeeding support; the importance of mental health in raising healthy families, including mental health issues common to young families; and discussion of area resources for assistance.
  • Coordinate with Commission to secure adequate space for group meetings.
  • Maintain and track Peapod Program playgroup equipment and supplies.

    Recruitment/Referral/Outreach

  • Advertise and recruit families for playgroup participation via written and electronic media, and person-to-person contact, including phone contact. Commission will provide assistance with recruitment, as needed.
  • Make every effort to outreach underserved populations within the community, particularly families who are socially isolated.
  • Link families to community-based family supports, including mental health services. Educate parents about the availability of mental health services, including the opportunity to receive no-cost services through Mono County Mental Health for parents who lack any third-party payor support.

Work with individuals identified through the playgroups as persons needing mental health services by referring and encouraging them to contact Mono County Mental Health.  Any such contact and referral shall be kept confidential from other group members, if communicated to Employee outside of a group session.  It is understood that contact and referral information made during a group session will, by definition, be communicated to all group participants in attendance. 

  • Collaborate with a variety of private and public agencies to facilitate the goals of this program, including the Mono County Children and Families Commission, Mono County Mental Health, local schools, California Early Start Program, Mono County Public Health, Mono County Department of Social Services, Mammoth Hospital, and the Mono County Superintendent of Schools.  Employee shall establish primary contacts with each of these agencies.
  • Coordinate with agency partners to maximize outreach to young children and their families, including distribution of community partners’ literature and information at playgroups and community outreach events.

           Evaluation:

  • Collect demographic data on program outreach efforts and the participants served, as specified by the Commission.  Provide the Commission with a roster of playgroup participants and the number of referrals served by, and made by, the Peapod Program.
  • Evaluate the playgroup participants for mental health and other service referrals, and observe and report on the success of the group setting for distribution of, and information about, family support services including mental health services.
  • Gather feedback from group participants after every session and at the close of the playgroup to determine effectiveness of the playgroup and parent support services.
  • Submit demographic data monthly, along with Employee’s request for payment. 
  • Participate in a follow-up assessment/survey to gauge the impact of the Peapod Program.

 

Knowledge of:

 

Employee is expected to have a base knowledge in the following areas, but shall additionally attend workshops designed to enhance and tailor that knowledge to the Peapod Program, including, but not limited to:

  • Principles of playgroup facilitation and administrative organization of parent/child playgroups.
  • Identification of basic mental health issues among new parents, including early recognition of emergent post-partum and other mental disorders.
  • Child growth and development, and community resources within Mono County.

 

Ability to:

  • Become a Certified Parenting Counts Educator (paid for by program).
  • Respond competently and positively to the culture, traditions, lifestyles, language, and values of each individual, family, and community, and work effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicate positively and effectively with staff, government officials, parents, children, supervisor, and the general public verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain complete, organized, and accurate files, meet deadlines, and maintain confidentiality of restricted information.
  • Use independent judgment in the performance of tasks.
  • Work under stressful conditions and balance priorities between work and home.  
  • Maintain personal composure, tactfully handle difficult situations, and interpret questions correctly; ability to behave in a friendly, understanding, helpful, and professional manner with parents and program staff.
  • Accept, reflect, and act upon feedback. Facilitate and model respectful, professional communication and teamwork. Foster positive relationships and work as part of a team.
  • Occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.
  • Work independently and with little or no supervision, and adapt to changing work priorities.
  • Adhere to program and agency safety practices.
  • Conduct playgroups, early literacy enhancement and other activities during daytime, evening, and weekend hours, as needed, to meet the needs of families and agencies with whom the program works.
  • Use personal vehicle for playgroups and other work related tasks, and be accessible by telephone.
  • Use personal computer to prepare and maintain client records and prepare reports. Effectively operate computers for email, Internet research, word processing (Microsoft Word), and the manipulation of databases.
  • Track time worked and expenses incurred, and submit detailed work records to program administrators.

 

Qualifications preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish

 

Education and Experience:

 

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • One year experience working with children, or one year experience working with infants and toddlers, or one year experience working with families.
  • Any combination of training, and/or experience which demonstrates ability to perform the duties as described may be considered.

 

Physical Requirements:

 

Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform assigned duties, including lifting fifty-five (55) pounds on an occasional basis and in excess of fifty-five (55) pounds with assistance.  Ability to work at a desk; ability to stand for extended periods of time; ability to see for purposes of reading rules and policies and other printed matter; ability to hear and understand speech at normal levels; ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand; ability to operate office equipment; ability to bend and twist; ability to reach in all directions.

 

Other Requirements:

 

  • Possession of valid driver’s license
  • TB testing
  • Fingerprint background check
  • Compliance with the MCOE dress code and other policies

 

Probationary Period:  One Year

 

Salary Range:     Classified Salary Schedule Range 41

 

Requirements / Qualifications

Requirements / Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (preferred or High school diploma or equivalent, one year experience working with children, or one year experience working with infants and toddlers, or one year experience working with families. Any combination of training, and/or experience which demonstrates ability to perform the duties as described may be considered. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Applicant will be responsible for completing an application package through Edjoin (www.edjoin.org) to include an application, Letter of Introduction addressing the position qualifications and requirements, and current resume.



      Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (preferred or High school diploma or equivalent, one year experience working with children, or one year experience working with infants and toddlers, or one year experience working with families. Any combination of training, and/or experience which demonstrates ability to perform the duties as described may be considered. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

      Applicant will be responsible for completing an application package through Edjoin (www.edjoin.org) to include an application, Letter of Introduction addressing the position qualifications and requirements, and current resume.

          Comments and Other Information

          This is a grant funded Part time position not to exceed 2-10 hours per week. The Employee shall perform the services of Peapod Program Leader for the Peapod Program to include the establishment, facilitation, and development of “new parent” playgroups (“playgroups”) and assistive services in a manner that is consistent with the Commission’s Peapod Program. The work includes implementation of the tasks and services included in establishing, developing and providing playgroups and associated support for parents of young children.

          Comments and Other Information


          This is a grant funded Part time position not to exceed 2-10 hours per week. The Employee shall perform the services of Peapod Program Leader for the Peapod Program to include the establishment, facilitation, and development of “new parent” playgroups (“playgroups”) and assistive services in a manner that is consistent with the Commission’s Peapod Program. The work includes implementation of the tasks and services included in establishing, developing and providing playgroups and associated support for parents of young children.

           


          Application Deadline

          Until Filled

          Date Posted

          6/19/2017

          Contact

          Rhea Kerby
          760 932-7311

          Number of Openings

          1

          Salary

          2017-2018 Classified Salary Schedule Range 41; $ 17.70-22.70 per hour

          Length of Work Year

          2-10 Hours per week

          Employment Type

          Part Time