Activity Specialist

It is an exciting time to join Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (MNC)!

Under the supervision of the Lead Family Support Specialist, the Activity Specialist will primarily be responsible for day-to-day activities of a comprehensive Family Resource Center (FRC) that connects families with support, resources and community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS / RESPONSIBILITIES

Primary Functions
•Supports a program environment that is learner centered, promotes a sense of physical and emotional safety.
•Supports positive relationships between staff and program participants/families, and between participants/families and their peers.
•Incorporates into program design the recognition and respect of cultural diversity, strengths, and individuality within and across all families, including ethnic, racial, spiritual, social, economic, educational, linguistic, gender, and geographical diversity.
•Ensure appointed activities are in alignment with agency and funder standards (including but not limited to; MNC Youth and Family Principles and Practices, Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support, Protective Factors Framework, Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, including the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework).
•Implements intake, enrollment, and orientation process with families into FRC and family support services.
•Provides Parent Child Interactive playgroups which are developmentally appropriate for children 3 months to 5 years old.
•Provides child watch services on a daily and weekly basis for scheduled program activities as needed, while encouraging parents to supervise their own children when there is no scheduled child watch.
•Will assess children and families utilizing ASQ 3 & SE.
•Promotes family’s overall involvement and participation in program activities.
•Assists center staff in maintaining child and parent areas organized and welcoming.
•Provide office support, including phone coverage, front desk coverage, mail processing, inventory control, etc., as needed.
•Must be available to participate in late afternoon, evening, and some weekend activities in accordance, to the number of hours agreed upon by the FSS Lead.

Interacting with Children
•Instructs children and parents (e.g. nutrition, self-care, social, motor skills, language skills, etc.) for the purpose of optimizing development of each child and helping to enhance parenting skills. Uses English language in order to assist ESL learners to acquire English language skills and to expand the language skills and vocabulary of the English-Speakers.
•Use positive discipline techniques in guiding children’s behavior.
•Monitors conversation, manners, cleanup activities, listening, etc. for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior.
•Assists in organizing indoor/outdoor, quiet/active and field trip activities appropriate to age group for the purpose of actively participating in the learning activities with children.

Family Support Integration Responsibilities 
•Works toward an agency-wide common vision and goals related to family support services which maximizes each partner’s strengths and minimizes the differences.
•Shares ownership of integration efforts and has a long-term, mutual investment in its outcomes.
•Participates in weekly family support planning and integration meetings as appropriate and approved by supervisor.
•Works cooperatively and effectively as a team member by communicating and contributing information on a continuous basis.

Reporting and Documentation
•Completes accurate program and client data collection, data entry, and required programmatic reports on a timely and consistent basis.
•Maintains confidentiality of all child and family records, organizes case file documentation both hard files and electronic CMS records.
•Administers evaluation data collection and participates in program and agency performance management process.

Community Engagement 
•Actively conducts outreach activities and recruits’ families to ensure full targeted enrollment for assigned activities.
•Conducts widespread canvassing, mailings, presentations, tabling, and other outreach efforts in collaboration with other MNC programs.

POSITION QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Education
Require a High School Diploma or GED; must be enrolled in college education working towards an AA degree in Early Childhood Development, ESL and/or General Education in accordance with an individualized Staff Development Plan developed with the Education Mentor Coach.

Experience
Must have a 16-hour certification in training and experience in the principles of child health, safety and nutrition. In addition, must have experience in preschool setting and meets the California Community Care Licensing requirements, including 6 ECE Units including core course as listed on the Child Development Permit Matrix. Current or Previous Head Start/FRC Parent, preferred. Recommended 2+ years’ experience working in a community based setting with high risk families who have experienced poverty, crisis, trauma, and other adverse events.

Requirements:
• State of California Child Development Assistant Teacher Level Permit
• Current Physical Health Screening (every 2 years thereafter)
• Fingerprinting Clearance (DOJ)
• Current Immunizations (TB, Influenza, MMR, Pertussis) (every 2 years thereafter)
• Clearance of Child Abuse Index
• Current CPR & First Aid Certificate (every 2 years thereafter)
• Must be register with the Early Care & Education Workforce Registry
• Must attend trainings that are required by funders (might be an evening or Saturday)

Language(s): English, Spanish (preferred)

How to Apply
If you are qualified and interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter with Activity Specialist in the subject line to hr@mncsf.org

Please do not contact us by telephone. Please visit our web site for additional information on our Company web-site at: www.mncsf.org

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome diversity in the workplace. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.