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Parenting Programs Outreach and Programming Specialist

Essential Duties:

Provides support and assistance to all aspects of MHM parenting programs, to include:   

  • Plan, organize and educate clients in a group and home setting utilizing evidence-based and evidence-informed curriculums while maintaining program fidelity, essential requirements, and quality standards.
  • Conduct up to 40 customized personal/in-home parenting education visits, as needed, per month for coverage.
  • Assist clients in identifying unhealthy parenting styles, beliefs and coping mechanisms and develop plans of action, such as distress tolerance and stress reduction, to positively impact the well-being of self and their family unit for improved parenting outcomes.
  • Teach and model the integration of faith and health with a holistic approach that recognizes the inter-relationship of mind, body, spirit, and relationships using approved parenting curriculum.
  • Provide training on life skills to meet client/family short and long-term needs and improve family outcomes.
  • Work with leadership team to develop intervention and response strategies.
  • Provide support during times of client concern and crisis regarding their families. Parenting Specialist may be the primary point of outreach at critical times for families.  Team member must be able to provide compassion, reassurance as well as connecting the family to the correct and necessary resources in a timely manner. This includes, but is not limited to, cases of child abuse/neglect or intimate partner violence.
  • The ability to perform motivational interviewing and trauma informed care methodologies with clients as needed, which clients understand and fits with their cultural background.
  • Encourage clients to participate in community programs to appropriately address their specific needs.
  • Make appropriate referrals to Methodist Healthcare Ministries, community agencies and organizations as needed, and conduct follow up to ensure adequate service delivery using the integrated care model.
  • Serve as a client advocate and liaison between public and private agencies to improve health and wellness outcomes or to prevent clients and family members from harm.
  • Cooperate with local mental health and community agencies, such as probation agencies.
  • Assist in the development, coordination and implementation of projects, events, and programs to empower clients, including identifying needs and researching appropriate resources.
  • Assist in curriculum development and process improvement plans to ensure all intended objectives and requirements are met effectively and efficiently.
  • Compile and maintain documentation of community resources and offerings.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and interactive communication between Methodist Healthcare Ministries parenting program, other MHM departments, community healthcare facilities, social service providers, schools, legal system, religious organizations, stakeholders, and other agencies.
  • Communicate effectively about clients and participants with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Participate in program initiatives which support current parenting research, evidence-based practices, and improve further engagement.
  • Utilize standardized assessments, as well as track, record, and report measurable outcomes.
  • Participate in quality improvement initiatives and serve on interdisciplinary organizational teams.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operation of case flow, assessment, and documentation.
  • Coordinate programming, meetings, and events, such as field trips, quarterly socialization events, and community outreach, to include logistics, facilities, food, information, and speakers. These events are normally held on evenings or weekends to accommodate family schedules. Team member is responsible for understanding budgetary limitations and maintaining stewardship of funds.
  • Maintain productivity expectations established by supervisor.
  • Develop and maintain a cumulative record for each patient receiving services. Maintain appropriate records and statistical data necessary to document the functions and activities of assigned job duties.
  • Integrate feedback from reflective supervision and participate in the peer group processes designed to foster personal, professional, and spiritual development.
  • Complete all required MHM trainings, including professional development.
  • Mentor, assist and train interns, contract employees, and new team members.
  • Provide professional presentations for community stakeholders with the primary goal of recruiting potential program participants, developing collaborative partnerships, and creating understanding of MHM Parenting services.
  • Participate in recruiting host sites for parenting groups, Parents As Teachers (PAT) monthly group connections and regional expansion of parenting programs.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for incoming referrals and inquiries regarding MHM parenting programs.
  • Other job duties as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Education, Special Education or related field from an accredited college or university required. Two years’ experience working with program implementation, parenting education or early childhood/elementary education or like experience required.  Demonstrated ability to facilitate and teach parenting groups, supervise contractors, establish appropriate community contacts and coordination of events preferred.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Must be able to complete and maintain certification in all parenting curriculums within 12  months of hire date, to include Parents as Teachers Certification, Practical Parenting Education, Nurturing Program, Raising Highly Capable Kids and Living Compass. As job assignment requires, obtains licenses/certifications related to specific program activities, such as First Aid and CPR Certification, Child Protection Training, Facilitation Training, Motivational Interviewing Training, Cultural Sensitivity Training, ACE’s, Purple Ally Domestic Violence Certification, PHQ-9 and Interpersonal Violence Screening training, Trauma Informed Care, Parental Stress Inventory, PRAPARE tool, ASQ-3, ASQ-SE, and Life Skills Progression.


Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret various parenting and program curriculum, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public. Fluent in English required; bilingual in Spanish required.


Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measurement, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Should be able to compute rate, ratio, and percentage and to draw and interpret graphs.

Ability to apply general mathematical concepts as they relate to such tasks as process optimization, determination of test reliability and validity, statistical analysis, correlation techniques, and cost analysis.


Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in written, oral, mathematical, diagram or schedule form.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions and deal with problems involving abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to apply critical thinking skills to problem solve in potential crisis situations. Must also be able to perform work independently with limited general supervision/guidance in a variety of situations during or after business hours. 

Computer Skills:

Demonstrates working knowledge of the Internet, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Smartsheet applications. Experience working with electronic health records and/or client data management systems preferred.

Ability to document in electronic health records accurately and efficiently.



Ability to drive and have access to a vehicle; maintain valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance. Frequent in-town travel required, up to 75% of the time.  Regional or out of state travel required as needed.


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Required to conduct in-home visits with clients
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet client needs
  • Subject to additional background checks
  • Some work duties may be performed at secure correctional and/or treatment facilities
  • Evening and/or weekend work required for programming and emergent client issues
  • May be required to provide childcare assistance if needed


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job and direct service, the team member will be exposed to home, office, commercial and off-site locations, which may also house incarcerated individuals. Team member will also be exposed to community/multi-service centers which may include medical/dental/behavioral health services on site. The position frequently requires sitting, standing, and walking, as well as, bending, stooping, reaching, kneeling, crouching, pulling, and pushing. Must be able to lift and maneuver at least 50 pounds.