Parent to Parent Coordinator (Kitsap County)
Parent 2 Parent Coordinator duties involve managing the Parent 2 Parent Program sponsored by The Arc of the Peninsulas. The position requires a high level of project management and independent task-management and empathy.
The Coordinator is responsible for daily notations and other associated record keeping. They are to provide support which assists in fostering inclusion and independence.
ABOUT PARENT 2 PARENT
Organizationally, Parent to Parent programs offer parent to parent support as a core resource for families with children who have a special health care need, disability, or mental health issue. Through a one to one "match" experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources. Parent to Parent programs are committed to listening and learning from families and developing an array of services and supports in response to family identified needs.
The Parent to Parent network is a growing national resource for families. Statewide, regional and local community-based programs continue to emerge out of grassroots efforts; new statewide Parent to Parent programs are being developed to support the efforts of local programs; national needs are being addressed as they arise; and international interest in Parent to Parent is growing every year. The strength of Parent to Parent comes directly from the parents who dedicate themselves to its continuing success.
Parent to Parent programs are parent-directed, and indeed it is this parent ownership and energy that seem to give the program their real strength.
Most Parent to Parent programs are all inclusive and serve families of children/adults of all ages.
Most Parent to Parent programs are cross-disability, special health care need and mental health challenges offering a wide range of support including children who have AIDS, severe behavioral and emotional challenges, and/or children with acquired disabilities or who are born prematurely.
Parent to Parent Outreach
Parent to Parent outreach, information, and referral for families of individuals with developmental disabilities and their child (ren) in Jefferson County.
Helping Parents Program
Recruit new parents to become volunteer peer mentor Helping Parents (H/P).
Host at least one peer mentor Helping Parent training utilizing the approved state P2P training.
Encourage leadership and advocacy skills in Helping Parents.
Encourage diverse populations to be involved.
Invite previously trained volunteer peer mentoring Helping Parent (H/P) for an annual appreciation event and/or additional skill development training.
Parent Advisory Group
Establish and meet with your Parent Advisory group for P2P Program quarterly and report on discussion of culturally sensitive parent support, training, and information sharing.
• Effective oral and written writing skills.
• Strong communicator and problem solving.
• Able to work positively and effectively with a variety of personalities and work styles.
• Tactful, yet also assertive when necessary.
• Excellent project management skills.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Strong work ethic / willing and able to 'go the extra mile' when needed.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Some College preferred.
• 1-2 years of experience with project management, fundraising or equivalent.
• Must be a parent of an individual who has been diagnosed with special needs.
PHYSICAL AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
• Driver’s license, reliable transportation, able and willing to drive, navigate, and work throughout Kitsap and Jefferson Counties.
• Emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position offered.
• Some presence in the office during work week and ability to work flexible hours and days is required.
• Ability to pass a criminal background check.
• Report any suspected abuse, abandonment, neglect or financial exploitation.
• Strength sufficient to lift 25lbs.
• Assistant Director
HOURS AND COMPENSATION
• Mileage paid at current IRS travel rates, for miles driven while traveling outside of Kitsap County.
"The Arc of the Peninsulas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability"