Family Support Coordinator,DDBP - 20 hours weekly





PURPOSE OF POSITION: To coordinate and implement family-focused activities and events of the UC UCEDD and DDBP; to provide trainings on relevant disability-related topics to families; -to provide support and coordination to parent support organizations, to conduct outreach to families of children, adolescents and adults with disabilities and special health care needs from underserved and minority backgrounds, and to provide information and referral to individual families.

Responsibilities
·Facilitation of Family Support Activities
Plan, coordinate, facilitate and evaluate DDBP and UC UCEDD activities related to parent support and family-centered practice across the lifespan. Plan, coordinate and facilitate regularly scheduled parent support group meetings, including families of children with Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome. Provide meaningful support to families (one-on-one, through emails, telephone conversation, resource and information sharing and referrals) in partnership with other community organizations locally and regionally. Participate in DDBP initiatives related to family support and family-centered care.
·Workshop and Training Facilitation
Conduct and evaluate workshops and/or trainings pertaining to issues relevant to families of children, adolescents, and adults with DD and other special health care needs
·Fostering Collaboration
Coordinate communication and facilitate collaboration between parent groups for families of children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs. Establish relationships with staff from agencies and organizations in the community, including faith-based organizations, community centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and schools, that provide services to families of individuals with disabilities for collaborative efforts.
·Conducting Outreach to Minority and Underserved Populations
Reach out to and provide educational information and support to underserved families and organizations that serve minority and underserved families.
·Producing and Dissemination Family Resources
Produce family-oriented resources related to DD and special health care needs. Disseminate resources to families and DDBP and UCEDD staff via electronic (e.g. website, emails, facebook, twitter) and print (paper brochures, flyers, etc.) venues. Develop presentations on activities and projects and share at local, regional, and national conferences.

Skills & Competencies
·Writing
Excellent writing, editing and related computer skills
·Diversity Appreciation
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
·MS Office - Intermediate
Proficient in Microsoft Office programs
·Planning and Coordination
Ability to coordinate activities related to parent group support. Ability to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate events, such as family symposia focus and support groups, family support fairs, etc. Ability to plan, coordinate, implement/conduct and evaluate family trainings and workshops.
·Family Support and Referral
Ability to support families one-on-one and through referrals and resources
·Outreach
Ability to establish relationships with family-, disability- and health organizations that serve minority and underserved populations in the community. Ability to provide education, information and support in a culturally sensitive and appropriate way.
·Communication
Excellent communication and collaboration skills. Knowledge about accessible communication. Knowledge and skill in providing accommodations.

Required:
·Bachelor's degree
·Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in family support capacity
·Knowledge of developmental disabilities and family-centered care
·Excellent knowledge of the DD service system as well as familiarity with other, related service systems (e.g. mental health; medical system, etc.)
·Excellent knowledge of resources & services available in SW Ohio to children & adults with a DD and their families
·First-hand experiece with parenting/caring for a child, adolescent, or adult with a DD OR special health care need
·Reliable transportation
·Willingness & availability for some recurring evening & weekend activities
·Willingness to travel to national, regional, & local conferences to present work activites to various audiences

Preferred:
·Familiarity with medical care settings
·AIRS (Alliance of Information and Referral Systems) Certification
·Bilingual Spanish and English
·Working knowledge of DD systems, services, & resources in KY & IN
·Interest in grant writing for funding activities