Family Skills Specialist / Westmoreland

13-Feb-2020, Project STAR - Other
Job Status: Full-Time   Location: Greensburg, PA

Job Summary

Careers at Our Amazing Place
Amazing Kids. Amazing Place. At The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, we’ve built our legacy on being “amazing.” After more than a century of the highest quality care and service to children and their families, we’re forever proud of our team members who don’t just make a career here – they make a difference.

From our outpatient physical and behavioral health services, to our educational services, to our family services – we’re grateful for the many passionate individuals who dedicate their expertise, talent and time to our kids, families, and to our mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Empower. To Amaze.

Our Culture & Amazing Atmosphere
It’s smiles from our kids when you’re walking down the hallway. It’s seeing their progress that brightens your day. It’s the feeling you get when a parent tells you what a difference you’ve made for their child. Every day brings something different, but it’s the care, compassion, collaboration, and teamwork put into our work that contributes to the overall culture at The Children’s Institute.

Diversity & Inclusion
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We serve a diverse population of children and families, and want our workforce to reflect that same diversity. We want all interested individuals to feel welcome in applying for a career at our amazing place – we can’t wait to meet you!

At The Children’s Institute, we pride ourselves on building teams of individuals who bring their best every day – because without that, we couldn’t make such a large and lasting impact on the amazing kids and families we serve. We need team members who are team players, collaborative and creative, idea-generators and go-getters. Our children and families need you.

Amazing Benefits
We’re proud to offer generous benefits to our team members. Regular full-time team members are eligible for the following benefits:
• Medical, Dental, Vision & Life insurance
• Paid Time Off & Holidays
• 403b Plan-Retirement
• Short and Long Term Disability
• Flexible Spending Accounts
• Wellness program
• Student Loan Refinancing Program
• Employee Recognition Events
• Tuition reimbursement
• Career development

Providing support to families and staff by transporting clients to and from appointments, supervising visits, and teaching parenting and/or daily living skills. Demonstrates a moderate level of independence/job functioning.

Job Relationships

Responsible To: Manager or Designated Supervisor

COLLABORATIONS: Permanency Specialists

Workers Supervised: None


Education: High School Diploma or GED required.

Licensure: None

Certification: None

Clearances: Act 73 FBI, Act 34 Criminal Clearance, Act 33 Child Clearance For this position clearances must be obtained period to start date.

Training and Experience: One year experience working with diverse populations and/or people with disabilities

• Basic computer skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing
• Ability to manage conflict
• Ability to relate well to individuals with challenging personalities
• Ability to relate well to individuals with disabilities
• Ability to adapt to schedule changes
• Ability to obtain and follow travel directions


• Act 33/34 Clearances
• FBI Clearance
• Valid, current driver's license and personal automobile liability insurance with a minimum of $300,000 combined single limit coverage
• Approval to verify driving history at the time of authorization and annually; approval to verify insurance coverage at the time of authorization and semi-annually
• Reliable automobile with current inspection
• Ability to meet physical and mental requirements of the job

Job Responsibilities

• Collaborates with Permanency Specialist to coordinate family appointments and travel arrangements
• Collaborates with Permanency Specialists to conduct family assessments
• Assists in implementing interventions identified in relevant service plans
• Transports clients to and from appointments, visits, and meetings as needed
• Supervises visits between children and authorized adults
• Teaches life skills/parenting skills in the home or community setting as needed
• Assists in linking families to formal and informal community resources
• Provides verbal feedback in a timely manner to Permanency Specialist and Resource families following all visits, as well as written documentation for case file
• Attends, participates in, and when called upon, testifies at all relevant meetings and hearings for assigned cases as necessary
• Complies with office protocol requirements including record keeping, logging, and documentation
• Assists in maintaining files in accordance with Project STAR policy, contractual requirements and DPW regulations
• Attends and contributes to relevant Project STAR staff and team meetings
• Works to maintain professional competence and skills through continuing education and supervision
• Maintains Family Visitation room
• Adheres to policies and procedures pertaining to client and family transportation
• Documents daily activities in a clear, professional and timely manner
• Assists with coverage of any and all programmatic services that pertain to Project STAR services, which includes but not limited to, Adoption, Foster Care, IFS, Visit Coaching and TTT.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Employment Application

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Linda Allen
[email protected]
The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
1405 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Fax: 412-420-2299
Please email resumes and cover letters in PDF format, or you may fax them to the number above. The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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