Employment Opportunities

Healthy Families Prenatal to Three Home Visitor

Job Description


Position Title: Family Support Specialist

Reports to: Pine River-Backus Family Center Executive Director

Location: Pine River and surrounding area

Job Expectations:

The Family Support Specialist (FSS) will be responsible for establishing a caseload of up to 15 families who are expecting a child or have an infant 3 months of age or under. FSS will build a relationship with families based on mutual trust. FSS will meet with families weekly to foster healthy parent-child relationships; increase knowledge of child development; assist families in timely immunizations, well-child checks, and early childhood screenings; increase family functioning through appropriate goal-setting and effective problem-solving skills; reduce isolation through development of a formal support system as well as a social support system.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Initiating and maintaining regular contact with families, primarily in their homes

  • Establishing a trusting relationship with families

  • Providing prenatal and other health education

  • Assisting to strengthen parent-child relationships

  • Assisting parents to improving their skills to optimize the home environment for the child’s well-being and safety

  • Assisting in making and attending health and human services appointments, including activities related to employment and educational goals


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School diploma/GED, experience working with, or assisting at-risk children/families in a community setting

  • Knowledge of infant and child development

  • Strong listening skills

  • Ability to identify family strengths and foster self-sufficiency and independence in families

  • Ability to be satisfied with on-going projects where positive outcomes are often not immediately apparent

  • Emotionally mature and capable of exercising judgement

  • Ability to handle stressful situations

  • Knowledge of community resources

  • Successful parenting and/or child care experience

  • Respect for and sensitivity to the needs and rights of others, including those with differing cultural, racial, sexual, or ethnic identities

  • Ability to establish trusting relationships and work effectively with mothers, fathers, and extended family

  • Belief that children need to be nurtured


Family Support Specialist Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to build relationships with a variety of individuals and families

  • Adhere to privacy and confidentiality policies

  • Have a valid driver’s license, reliable car, and proof of insurance


Wage Range: $16 - $22 per hour (depending on experience)

Per Policy, eligible for Simple IRA plan with 3% contribution by employer after one year of employment

Vacation, Holiday, and Sick Pay

If you feel you qualify, and wish to apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Leslie Bouchonville. Thank you!

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Pine River-Backus Family Center

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Mail to: P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN 56474