Caregiver-Child Bonding Circle Facilitator

Arab American Family Support Center Brooklyn, NY $25.00 per hour
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JOB TITLE: Caregiver-Child Bonding Circle Facilitator 

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-Time

REPORTS TO: Director of Readiness Initiatives and Community Outreach

LOCATION: City-Wide

To all prospective applicants please be aware, effective Friday, September 10, 2021, The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) will require that all employees, volunteers, and onsite contractors provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. 

ABOUT AAFSC:

The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services. Across our eight locations, we empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in the community. While we support anyone who walks through our doors, over nearly 27 years, we have developed expertise in serving the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.

AAFSC works across four priority areas—Promote, Get Ready, Prevent, and Communicate—to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. AAFSC promotes mental and physical wellbeing, food security, healthy relationships, and family reunification. We get our families ready to succeed, work, and lead productive lives. We prevent domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect by counseling families, offering case management services to victims of violence, and cultivating healthy relationship skills in young people. Finally, AAFSC communicates the needs of the marginalized, amplifying their voices for increased impact.

JOB SUMMARY: 

The Caregiver-Child Bonding Circle Facilitator at AAFSC works within our Readiness Initiatives program to provide Caregiver-Child Bonding Circles, an innovative, linguistically accessible intervention program using a 10-week curriculum for caregivers and their children 0-3 years old to bond, play, connect, and learn, resulting in cognitive, social, and emotional wellbeing for both caregiver and child. The circles are defined by psycho-social-emotional education modules and resiliency-building tools to boost caregiver mental and emotional health and reduce stress, which is proven to benefit both caregivers and children. The circles are also structured with play-based learning strategies and principles of early-talk to support children in meeting critical developmental milestones, build foundations for literacy, strengthen bonds, and ultimately promote economic mobility across generations. The circles are currently held virtually due to the pandemic, but we hope to return to in-person programming in early 2022.

The Facilitator role fosters a supportive environment for both caregiver and child that offers participants the resources, opportunities and support needed to help them bond, play, connect and learn. A successful person in this role is an experienced, creative, hard-working, and dynamic instructor who has experience working with both caregiver & child, ideally in a two-generational context. A commitment to immigrant, refugee and low-income communities is essential for this role.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Deliver the program in 10-week sessions in a safe, friendly group setting complemented by weekly individualized follow-ups.
  • Use a variety of instructional techniques, including individualized instruction, small group instruction, and whole class instruction. Instruction will take place on virtual platforms for the remainder of 2021 with the goal of returning to in-person sessions in 2022.
  • As assigned by Director, develop & write new lesson plans, or adapt existing lesson plans, to meet student needs and stated program objectives.
  • Ensure all lessons and structured activities have clearly defined outcomes with measurable skill gains and/or learning goals for participants.
  • Ensure that the circles provide a safe space for caregivers to build social support.
  • Use play-based learning strategies to improve children’s early development, foundations for literacy, and bonding with caregiver.
  • Maintain active repository of curricula that is made accessible and available on organizational servers.
  • In collaboration with Program Director, continuously evaluate and refine curricula and activity plans to ensure success for participants.
  • Maintain active lines of communication with all participants.
  • Conduct outreach and support community engagement efforts as assigned by Program Director.
  • Support all impact evaluation efforts, including conducting focus groups, distributing surveys, and conducting pre- and post-assessments as structured by the Resource Development team.
  • Ensure all paperwork and documentation is completed in a timely manner.
  • Maintain accurate attendance records.
  • Help community members with information and referrals to internal as well as external services as needed, including assisting community members with finding information, preparing information or paperwork, & submitting information electronically.
  • Report any issues in the virtual or physical classroom (either with students or volunteers) immediately to supervisor.

Ambassador & Champion

  • Every AAFSC team member serves as an ambassador of the organization and champion of AAFSC’s mission, vision and values. This includes the following:
    • Cultivate relationships on behalf of and in support of the organization in partnership with Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team. This includes being sensitive to and aware of others, providing every client, partner and participant with high-quality service, professional communication, and follow through, and always keeping Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team aware of any opportunities, challenges, or updates.  
    • All team members are expected to support the Resource Development team with any requests in a timely manner, including, but not limited to: grant applications, reports, attendance at meetings, hearings, or other events, and sharing of AAFSC social media, flyers, and other externally-facing communications.
    • Always act with integrity, positivity, dedication, and professionalism within the office and externally. This includes, but is not limited to, email communication, verbal communication, communication with colleagues and peers, communication with clients, or communication with external partners or agencies.

 Other duties and responsibilities

  • Participate in internal and external meetings and trainings as assigned.
  • Perform other duties assigned by Program Director.

BACKGROUND AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS

·       Bachelor’s degree required.

·       Fluency in Bangla/Bengali, Arabic, Hindi, or another core language of our community members in addition to English required.

·       Strong verbal communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills.

·       Experience working with adult English Language Learners is preferred.

·       Experience in lesson planning, curriculum development, and implementation of structured programming for adult learners required.

·       Experience in two-generational programming working with child and caregiver is strongly preferred.

·       Experience in early childhood education strongly preferred.

·       Open to learning more about cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed education, and language instruction.

·       Proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

·       Passion for AAFSC’s mission and vision.

·       Job contingent on pre-employment background check and fingerprint clearance.

·       U.S. Work Authorization required.

 

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

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