PROGRAM SUMMARY: The Children’s Beach House (CBH) is a private, non-profit organization organized under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a public charity. CBH was founded in 1936 by Lydia Chichester DuPont with the mission of improving the lives of children, youth, families, and communities by helping them to identify, understand, and utilize their own strengths, talents, and resources. CBH strives to help Delaware’s children and their families that face the most adverse circumstances. The positive youth development model offers support and suggests that helping young people to achieve their full potential is the best way to prevent them from engaging in risky behaviors. CBH gives youth the chance to exercise leadership, build skills, and get involved. The self-confidence, trust, and practical knowledge that young people gain from CBH experience will help them grow into healthy, happy, self-sufficient adults. This assets-based approach seeks to strengthen the time-tested supports that reduce risks and foster resilience in children and youth. Central to the CBH initiative is the belief that families are the most fundamental factor influencing young people.
Youth development programs prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a structured, progressive series of activities and experiences, which help them obtain social, emotional, ethical, physical, and cognitive competencies. CBH, YDP addresses the broader developmental assets all children and youth need (such as caring relationships, safe places and activities, physical and mental health, marketable skills, and opportunities for service and civic participation). The program stands in sharp contrast to deficit-based approaches that focus solely on youth problems.
POSITION TITLE: Family Engagement Coordinator, Youth Development Program
POSITION SUMMARY: The Family Engagement Coordinator reports to the Children’s Beach House Youth Development Program Director. The Family Engagement Coordinator is responsible for children and families participating in the Youth Development Program. In addition, the Family Engagement Coordinator will collaborate with other CBH staff to support the camp program. This is a twelve-month, full-time position.
Family Engagement Coordinator is charged with managing the program in accordance with Board Policy and within the limits of federal, state, and local laws. Family Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the agency’s plan, mission, vision, and values throughout the organization while developing a positive public image of the organization based on the same. The Family Engagement Coordinator is expected to meet or exceed all requirements of applicable regulatory agencies or organizations. The Family Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for developing partnerships with like-minded agencies in the community.
The successful candidate shall be a leader, guide, and participant in this educational journey as the CBH seeks to establish a best practices model of positive youth development in the State of Delaware.
The following is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the duties that may be performed in such a position. The Family Engagement Coordinator:
- Communicating professionally and frequently with children and families
- Generating information to ensure effective support of children – keeps up to date case notes
- Guiding and implementing programs for CBH children
- Participating in recruitment and admission of new students
- Serving as a liaison between CBH and schools
- Implementing at least two-family events annually
- Attending school events, IEP meetings, and family events when appropriate
- Preparing all paperwork for children to attend camp
- Establishing goals for children
- Researching resources for families
- Attending, supporting, and participating in CBH special events
- Providing direct staff support for YDP summer camp programming
- Attending CBH staff meetings as necessary and as requested by the Program Director.
- Providing data for program evaluation to the Youth Development Program Director
- Attending continuing education courses
- Serving as CBH Ambassador at all times
SPECIFIC EDUCATIONAL/VOCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelor’s degree is required – Masters preferred, in human services or related field
- At least five years of experience working directly with children and their families
- Strong teaching and leadership skills
- Experience working with special needs youth
- Experience working with schools
- Administrative and organizational skills
- High professional standards
- Clean driving record
- Knowledge of positive youth development theory
- Skills in working collaboratively with other professionals, staff, customers, education professionals, and parents. Ability to organize and carry out responsibilities efficiently and effectively
- Ability to communicate appropriately both verbally and in writing in a wide variety of circumstances. Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal range, with correction, if necessary
- Commitment to mission and philosophy of the Children’s Beach House and an ability and willingness to present a positive image of the organization, and its board/staff to the community
- Successful experience working effectively with a culturally diverse staff and clients