Family Support Specialist #646

The Family Support Specialist uses the "Growing Great Kids, Inc" curriculum to provide parenting information, skills training, child development information, developmental screenings for infants and toddlers, and resources or referral information to prenatal/new parents. Community based services are offered in the home.

Location: This position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Beaverton site. 

Pay/Benefits: $23.10 starting hourly pay plus, Full benefits.

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire. 

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Meets Healthy Families America standards for average home visit completion rate and personal training requirements.
  • Meets productivity standards as defined by the performance review including face to face contact with clients and maintaining a full case load.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. Actively participates in a minimum of four hours of training related to cultural effectiveness in working with diverse populations.
  • Completes all required intake, assessment, goal setting, evaluation and exit paperwork including but not limited to Family Goal Plans, Home Visitor Plans, Parent Survey Assessments, MOTT and monthly and quarterly reports.
  • Provides screening and assessments to assess the development of infants using standardized tools.
  • Conducts parenting and group skills trainings sessions.
  • Serves as group facilitator, plans and implements group activities including coordinating transportation.
  • Provides case coordination through meetings with other agencies and collaborating partners
  • Uses program outcome measures as assigned.
  • Consults with supervisor on cases involving potential domestic abuse or other family problems affecting clients' development.
  • Responsible for accurate, complete, and timely documentation of home visits and contacts. Maintains chart notes, tracks client involvement, follow-through and progress in program activities. Documents and maintains client records to ensure compliance with agency timelines, contract guidelines and confidentiality standard.
  • Completes critical incident reports when indicated within 24 hours of a critical incident.
  • Participates in regular individual meetings with supervisor and attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all-agency meetings, consultation meetings with community partners, intra-agency and on-line trainings, etc. 
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the day when working responding to contacts within 48 hours  for routine matters (urgent matters may require a more immediate response)
  • Travels between sites or in the community


  • Bachelor's degree in child and family studies, health, social science, social work, counseling, or a related field OR a high school diploma plus a minimum of 3 years of experience in early childhood development.
  • Additional 2 years of experience working with children 0-3 and their families.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide culturally competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintain a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated ability in providing case management services and compliance with confidentially in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Word.  Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system required.
  • Requires access to a car, a valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage, and verification of safe driving record from DMV.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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