JOB TITLE: Caregiver-Child Bonding Circle Facilitator
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-Time
REPORTS TO: Director of Readiness Initiatives and Community Outreach
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.
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
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.
- 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
- Ensure that the circles provide a safe space for caregivers to build
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Participate in internal and external meetings
and trainings as assigned.
- Perform other duties assigned by Program
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
Experience working with adult English Language
Learners is preferred.
Experience in lesson planning, curriculum
development, and implementation of structured programming for adult learners
Experience in two-generational programming
working with child and caregiver is strongly preferred.
Experience in early childhood education
Open to learning more about cultural
responsiveness, trauma-informed education, and language instruction.
Proven ability to work independently and meet
Passion for AAFSC’s mission and vision.
Job contingent on pre-employment background check and fingerprint
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.
Arab American Family Support Center is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled