Family Support Specialist

  • Full Time
  • St Paul
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: $21.45/Hr

Website Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Early Head Start Supervisor, this position conducts home visits to enrolled and interested families. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships, conducting strengths-based family and child assessments, identifying and connecting families to additional resources, screening and working with the children on developmental skills, and nurturing the development of a strong parent-child relationship to achieve identified goals.

Essential Functions (Not All Inclusive):

  • Assists Early Head Start Supervisor in outreach activities and recruitment.
  • Conducts application/enrollment visits and completes enrollment paperwork, including the enrollment agreement.
  • Monitors and provides follow-up regarding participation and attendance issues.
  • Fosters prenatal care, positive parenting and family dynamics, health and wellness, child and home safety, child development, self-sufficiency, and other goals during ongoing home visits with assigned Early Head Start participants.
  • Develops relationships of trust and support based on strengths-based, family-centered, and infant mental health principles.
    Completes developmental screenings and assessments with enrolled children within program timelines and makes referrals if a developmental delay is suspected.
  • Plans, demonstrates, and coaches parents in developmentally appropriate activities and practices and provides information and resources that support the development of healthy parent-child attachment and interaction, infant and toddler development, and healthy family functioning.
  • Develops and facilitates group socializations with parents and children. Plans and implements other group events as required.
  • Links participants with community resources and mobilizes community resources for the benefit of participants.
  • Supports Early Head Start families in accessing community resources and provides advocacy and service coordination as needed.
  • Participates in program evaluation and monitoring.


  • Home-based CDA credential or comparable credential, or equivalent coursework as part of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
  • 2 years of experience working with children and/or families in diverse communities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred.
  • Language fluency in Karen, Somali, or Nepali preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation on a daily basis required.
  • Experience working with parents and children ages 0 – 3 highly desirable.
  • Familiar with principles and practices of maternal and child health, safety and nutrition, adult learning principles, family dynamics, and positive parenting skills.
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with a variety of multi-ethnic and socio-economic groups and/or individuals, including non-English speaking families.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word) and Google calendar, mail and documents, and entering information in a complex database.
  • Comfortable with utilizing mobile technology (Tablets, Mobile Applications, Texting) and virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc).
  • Experience working in a home visiting setting highly desirable.

Job Details:

Department: Early Head Start

Starting Salary: $21.45/Hr, $22.00/Hr (Bilingual)

Languages: Karen, Somali, or Nepali Preferred

Schedule: M-F, 40 Hours/Week; Full Year


Community Action offers excellent benefits including generous paid time off (PTO), paid holidays (14), health, dental & life insurance, retirement, employee discount programs and more.

Background Checks:

Community Action conducts criminal background checks at the time of hire. Some positions require additional fingerprint and photo verification. Not all backgrounds are a barrier to employment.

Posting Dates: 5/5/2021-5/14/2021

Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance.