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Job Details

Full Time
Rochester, NY
2 Years
Bachelor's Degree
August 11, 2017

Parent Educator-The YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

Job Summary

The YWCA’s Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program provides parent education, child screenings and information on early childhood development along with support to pregnant and/or parenting young adults through personal home visits.  This program is designed to enhance child and maternal health, promote school readiness and to prevent child abuse and neglect. Parent Educators will utilize the Parents as Teachers Curriculum to provide quality services to new parents.


  • Provides intensive home visiting to a standard caseload that is in compliance with the Parents as Teachers (PAT) Essential Requirements.
  • Maintains a regular and long-term relationship with the family.
    • Activity will occur primarily within the family’s home; each visit should last for at least one hour.
    • The interventions should be family-centered and strength-based.
    • Establishes a trusting relationship with the family.
    • Works within a trauma-informed framework.
    • Assists in strengthening the parent-child relationship.
    • Assists parents in improving their skills to optimize the home environment and parenting practices that promote the optimal development of children.
    • Assesses the normal growth and development of the target child. 
    • Assists in increasing the family support system and social connections.
    • Increases the family’s self-sufficiency by assisting them in improving their ability to problem solve and assume the role of advocating for themselves and their children.
    • Assists the family in establishing goals and a plan for the accomplishment of those goals. Continuously monitors progress on the family’s goals.
    • Identifies and refers the family to other supportive agencies when appropriate and needed, including healthcare appointments.
    • Teaches basic health and life skills, e.g. prenatal care, immunizations, budgeting, etc. and ensures appropriate utilization of needed health and social services.
    • Administers all required tools and screenings according to the PAT Essential Requirements and funder requirements.
    • Maintains accurate records of all personal home visits, contacts, screenings, milestones, groups, services, resource linkages, and other relevant information and activities.  Accurately input and maintain records in the case management database systems to track progress and to inform program reports.
    • Partners with Parents as Teachers case manager to provide wrap around services for young parents and families.
    • Complies with monthly, quarterly, and annual program reporting.
    • Attends ongoing training sessions and meetings, which may require travel.
    • Reports immediately to Program Supervisor any and all suspicion of incidents of child maltreatment and other issues related to worker and/or child/family health and safety.
    • Exercises sound judgment and timing in situations related to obligation as a mandatory reporter of suspicion of child endangerment and maltreatment.
    • Maintains client confidentiality and integrity in keeping with agency policies, practices, professional standards and program requirements. Demonstrates compliance with all appropriate HIPAA Privacy and Security Standards as defined by the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County.
    • Demonstrates understanding of and sensitivity to cultural differences.
    • Develops and implement group activities as scheduled.
    • Develops and maintains positive relationships with community organizations, parents/guardians and YWCA staff.
    • Performs other duties as requested.


  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, social work or related field required. 
  • Two (2) years of experience working with children (0-5 years of age) and their families
  • Equivalent education and experience in lieu of above. 
  • Knowledge of normal child growth/development and parent-child relationships.
  • Ability to relate to families from a strength-based perspective; ability to approach families from a family-centered service model.
  • Experience working with pregnant or parenting teens and young adults.
  • Demonstrates motivation and ability to learn and practice basic supportive skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma and trauma-informed care
  • Experience with motivational interviewing.
  • Flexible availability that might include weekend and evening hours.

Core Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Mission Focus
  • Diversity/Diverse Perspectives
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Flexibility/Adaptability

Functional Competencies

  • Development of Client Programs/Services
  • Assessment, Interviewing and Planning
  • Community Engagement
  • Professionalism
  • Recordkeeping & Technology

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Family Development credentials a plus.
  • Certified Parent Educator in Parents As Teachers a plus.
  • Strongly proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Familiarity working with case management databases
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

Additional Requirements

  • Must possess a valid NYSDL and have access to a vehicle.

Work Environment

Usual human services office working conditions prevail.  Must be willing to travel unaccompanied to areas where the population served congregate or live.  Must be available to work 37.5 hours per week and the work hours may include evenings or weekends.


Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.  Talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral information to clients or to the public and in those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly.

Office Equipment


Physical Demands

Light--exert up to 20lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently.  Light work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree.

Background Screening

The YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County conducts background screening on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.





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