Family Engagement Specialist

Family Engagement Specialist

Family Engagement Specialist 150 150 cstruckhoff
YMCA of Greater St Petersburg
November 14, 2022
St. Petersburg
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Carla Struckhoff


The Family Engagement Specialist is responsible for building relationships and integrating parent and family engagement strategies into program services in order to support family well-being and promote children's learning and development. Collaborative, positive, strengths-based, and goal-oriented relationships between early childhood professionals, families, and children must be maintained. Creates and sustains ongoing partnerships with social service agencies that support family well-being.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Meets with families to evaluate social service needs to help create family goals of stability, education and interaction.
  • Engages families in a large number of activities and events as well as support families in finding resources that meet a variety of their social service needs.
  • Connects families with vital programs and services, such as the Department of Human Services, Adult Basic Education, Pinellas County Economic Development Commission, and agencies as appropriate
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with prospective families and community partners.
  • Coordinates with center staff to integrate family partnership goals with classroom efforts and to ensure integrated child and family curriculum.
  • Participates in team management functions of planning, implementing and evaluating family and community engagement goals and objectives.
  • Recruits prospective families and assists with enrollment process.
  • Works cooperatively with local agencies to assist families to linkup with services in the local community.
  • Provides health, safety and family literacy activities to parents, as appropriate.
  • Develops a working knowledge of community resources, and visits, at least bi-annually, with major agencies for service delivery and community resource guide updates.
  • Documents all efforts to assist families, tracks family partnership efforts and outcomes, records, monitors and follows up on referrals, and submits reports as required.
  • Actively seeks out new community partnerships based on the needs and wants of community members.
  • Provides backup classroom coverage for preschool.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Human Services or related human services field.
  • Minimum one year of experience working with children and families in a social services environment. Preschool experience strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of social services and health services available in the Pinellas County area.
  • Mastery of basic computer skills and data entry processes.
  • Knowledge of family-centered practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to make recommendations and develop implementation strategies.
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships and trust with children, parents, and community members, preferably in a diverse and educationally under-resourced community
  • Must possess a valid drivers license and ability to travel throughout the Pinellas County area.
  • Completion of MODS (Infant and Toddler Practice, UDAP, and Safe Sleep Practice) required upon hire.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR within six months of the date assigned to this position; and successful completion of a Level II background screening, and drug screening prior to hiring.


Job Type: Full Time, Exempt
Hours: Monday – Friday, may involve occasional evening/weekend hours
Salary: $38,000 – $42,000, plus excellent benefits and training opportunities
Benefits: Health insurance, paid time off, free before and afterschool childcare, 75% discounted preschool fees, free gym membership and employer-paid retirement fund upon eligibility
Lealman YMCA Preschool Academy, 5175 45th St. North in St. Petersburg, FL

How To Apply

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