In-Home Family Specialist

Summary Description

The In-Home Family specialist will work in partnership with and be provided supervision by the Community Services Director, while independently providing advanced support to families, children and youth who are experiencing a variety of stressors in order to increase family functioning, relationships and needed resources while reducing the likelihood that children and parents will become separated, isolated, disempowered or disengaged.

Representative Tasks/Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships with family members, acting as a mentor
  • Provide comprehensive family support services to include:
    • Advocacy
    • Case Management
    • Parent Education and Training – “Teaching Family Model
    • Serve as an effective liaison, as necessary
  • Develop a Family Success Plan or Treatment Plan in collaboration with therapist identifying short-term and long-term goals (or assist parents in meeting goals identified by OCS)
  • Provide weekly in-home support or as needed
  • Maintain documentation, write monthly report
  • Attend and participate in individual and group supervision according to JYS policies
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of client, family and health information is maintained
  • Offer discharge and after care planning

Reports to:  Community Services Director

Supervises: None

Knowledge and Ability

  • Understanding of case management to include community resources and referral processes
  • Ability to acquire (through JYS training), provide and model parent skill development from the Teaching Family Model
  • Understanding of trauma responsive care
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor and diffuse tense and stressful situations
  • Comfort level to provide mentorship to families in the home environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written, document family visits and write reports
  • Efficiently and effectively organize and prioritize work
  • Contribute positively as a team member and work effectively with other internal and external stake holders
  • Knowledge of the indicators of child abuse and neglect and mandatory reporting laws
  • Knowledge of the principles of child development, behavior management, and crisis intervention
  • Knowledge of cultural considerations in the treatment process


Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a related field.  Bachelor’s degree in a non-related field is acceptable with three years of experience in children or family services.

Current driver’s license and auto insurance or current Alaska driver’s license and clean driving record.

Clearance of state and federal background checks.


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