Parent Aide

Oklahoma City, OK

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Job Description

FULL-TIME HOURLY COMPENSATION: $11-12/HOUR  PLUS GREAT BENEFITS!

Position REQUIRES EXTENSIVE travel in Oklahoma, Pottawatomie and Lincoln Counties,  AND OTHER COUNTIES AS NEEDED.

Provides in home, non-therapeutic services to encourage parenting skill development for families affected by or at risk of child abuse and neglect referred through the Oklahoma Children’s Services (OCS) contract with the Department of Human Services.  The goal of the services is to strengthen families identified as experiencing stress and difficulty in meeting the basic needs of their children.

JOB DUTIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

The Parent Aide provides parenting education and skills development, problem-solving techniques, financial management and monthly budget development, household management and preventive maintenance, assistance in obtaining health services such as dental, vision and medical, referrals for a wide array of community services and helping the family develop other support systems such as friends, family and community groups.

Conducts services that are sensitive with respect to each family’s culture, ethnic origin, race, language, gender, age, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, mental and/or physical challenges. Provides services in a natural environment convenient to the family.

Demonstrates the ability to teach and model skills from the Eco-Behavioral Model in Health, Home Safety, and Planned Activity Training to facilitate the parent’s development of special skills or increase knowledge in the areas of parenting, home management, behavior management, and child development.

Provides advocacy on behalf of families with schools and other agencies available in the community.  Assists consumers in the pursuit of needed resources or services.  Arranges for any follow-up services needed following the end of services.

Demonstrates the ability to teach communication and negotiation skills, link and refer the families with needed community resources and supports.

Works a 40 hour full-time schedule being available to the families 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Evening and weekend hours will be required to accommodate the work schedule of each caregiver and school schedules of the children in the family when scheduling appointments. Part-time positions may be available with a maximum of 39 hours per week. 

Utilize the outlook calendar to submit a weekly schedule to the supervisor which outlines scheduled appointments for the week.  The schedule must include the consumer name and KK#, current address and telephone number. The Parent Aide must notify the supervisor of any alterations to schedule (cancellations, new appointments, missed appointments etc.).

Spends at least 40% of work hours providing services to consumers. A minimum of 75% of these hours will be spent providing services in the consumer’s home.

Carries a cell phone, not to be used while driving. Responds to all work related calls within 60 minutes of receiving a voice mail message and must read and respond to emails daily.

Attend all agency and program required trainings with ongoing consultants, DHS staff meetings and program staff meetings as scheduled. Complete a minimum of 20 hours of pre-service training and maintain 10 hours annually after the first year.

Will maintain a professional manner when collaborating with other service providers in order to maintain good working relationships in the community.

Abides by the agency policy on confidentiality and at all times and respects the integrity and confidentiality of the family.

Completes documentation by agency and OCS contract deadlines.

Performs other related duties as required and assigned by supervisor and/or executive management.

Every NorthCare employee is responsible for adhering to any and all laws, professional standards and ethical codes that apply to his/her job responsibilities.

Skills & Requirements

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent with current or past success in rearing a family or providing services to children and families
  • Personal attributes which include: good observation and communication skills; willingness to work with diverse clients; functional knowledge of home management and child development and the ability to teach skills relating to them; a positive role model for children and families; familiarity with local social services resources and other community resources.
  • Provide three professional/personal references.
  • Must have dependable transportation. 
  • Position requires in state travel.  Must possess and provide verification of valid driver’s license and must maintain and provide current automobile liability insurance and uninsured motorist coverage.
  • Must have and/or complete Core Level Co-Occurring Training and Trauma Informed Training via NetSmart University within 60 days of employment.
  • Must display proficiency in the MS Word processing software and intermediate general computer skills. 
  • Casual professional dress required. 
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, climb stairs and move about freely.  
  • Must possess CPR, First Aid and CAPE certifications; or obtain within 30 days of employment with Northcare. Must have current (within past year) TB test; or obtain within 30 days of employment with Northcare. 
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively using the English language. 
  • Due to nature of contract, candidates & employees must report to NorthCare any current or prior confirmed record of child abuse as an adult.  Any such confirmed record must be reviewed by the NorthCare Executive Team for hiring approval or, for current employees, continued employment with NorthCare.
  • OKDHS reserves the right to review resumes, credentials and licenses of new and replacement staff.