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FamilyForward offers an excellent working environment, competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability (LTD) insurance. Other perks include 403(b) match, paid holidays and vacation, education assistance, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and disability programs.

FamilyForward has such a comprehensive collection of innovative programs. We can help children and families go from hardship to healing.

Ben Keil

Foster Care Lead Supervisor, FamilyForward

Current Openings

The current job opportunities for FamilyForward are listed below. To apply for a position, please submit a cover letter and resume to ffmo.jobs@familyforwardmo.org.

Therapist

Summary:

FamilyForward is a local non-profit agency that serves children who have faced physical and emotional trauma. We understand the impact of a loving family and believe that every child should be part of one. Our passion comes from knowing we can achieve this and that we can make a positive difference by empowering families to reach their full potential.

We are seeking a full-time therapist at our Developmental Trauma Center with social work or counseling licensure or provisional licensure in the State of Missouri to join our team. Our Mental Health Services team provides counseling, psychoeducation and parent coaching for families of children from birth through age 19, who have experienced or are at high-risk for abuse, neglect or trauma. This position will meet with families using trauma-informed approaches to increase the family’s knowledge of positive parenting, improve relationships between children and caregivers, reduce mental health symptoms, and promote resiliency.

Therapists provide individual, family, and/or group counseling. Therapy sessions will be held in the office during mornings, afternoons, and evenings. The position involves working as a member of FamilyForward’s clinical team and utilizing Evidence Based Practice models of treatment as appropriate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide immediate response and initial assessment to referred families (contingent on caseload openings)
  • Carry a caseload of approximately 15-20 individual/family clients and meet monthly productivity requirement
  • Work a minimum of 40 hours during the work week
  • Maintain record and documentation of all work with family, including written assessment/treatment plan, termination summary, and outcome evaluation data
  • Coordinate with other professionals involved in the service delivery process by participating, as appropriate, in staffing with client to integrate and coordinate services
  • Provide other direct service duties, as assigned, which could include group therapy, parenting education groups or consultation/training
  • Attend and participate in monthly group supervision, as well as weekly individual supervision sessions
  • Identify and coordinate linkage for the family with community resources as needed
  • Initiate and facilitate, as needed, family support team conferences with client families, their informal supports, and other involved service providers
  • Must be an active team member by contributing to overall office operations and efficiency (i.e., answering phones, managing crises, etc.)
  • Must be actively involved in Performance Quality Improvement processes and standards promoting excellent services to clients and help maintain an excellent work environment for all staff and volunteers.
  • Perform related work as required or as delegated by supervisor.

Core Competencies: Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workers to perform the job successfully.

  • Clinical personnel have the knowledge, skills, and support to:
    • Identify the needs of abused and neglected children and adults
    • Understand child development and individual and family functioning
    • Engage difficult to reach, traumatized, or disengaged individuals and families
    • Work with individuals with co-occurring health, mental health, and substance use conditions
    • Collaborate with other disciplines and services
  • Cooperation and teamwork
  • Written and Verbal Communication skills
  • Initiative/problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility
  • Judgment/problem-solving skills
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Financial responsibility
  • Goal orientation
  • Quality
  • Tolerance for pressure and change

Education/Certification and Licenses:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, or other relevant helping profession and a professional license specific to degree (LCSW or LPC) if applicable.

Requirements:

  • At least two years of related experience
  • Experience in serving high risk populations
  • Academic study or clinical experience working with survivors of trauma

Job Relationships:

Reports To: Program Manager for Mental Health Services

Please submit cover letter and resume to lisa.von.wahlde@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Marketing and Communications Manager
Department: Development
Job Class: Professional
FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary:

The Marketing and Communications Manager will develop a high level of awareness and financial support for FamilyForward’s vision and mission through planning, development, and implementation of all internal and external communications, public relations activities, and marketing strategies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Oversees FamilyForward’s brand and positioning, internal and external communications; media relations; website; public awareness and marketing initiatives; social media; development, execution, and evaluation of communications strategies for the agency. Primary working relationships inside the agency include the Chief Development Officer and Development department, executive and clinical leadership, staff, and volunteers. Outside the agency, the position coordinates with the media, other non-profit organizations, donors, and corporate partners. Carries out the vision, mission, and values of FamilyForward by completing the following functions:

  • Facilitate internal and external communications, including development, production, and distribution of materials, speeches, reports, and presentations; manage composition, editorial direction, and design of agency communications, including all publications, website, social media, media relations, donor relations, community outreach, and collaborations;
  • Develop marketing strategies; create, implement, and measure the success of comprehensive marketing, communications, and public relations plans to enhance the agency’s brand, image, and position within the marketplace and with the public, and to significantly increase awareness of agency’s vision and mission;
  • Develop and implement plans for effective and timely use of appropriate digital and social media channels (website, email marketing, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube); gather and analyze performance metrics to demonstrate results and enable decision making;
  • Ensure consistent communication of FamilyForward’s desired brand, image, and position throughout the community and agency, and to all audiences, both internal and external, to effectively engage constituents (staff, donors, community partners, governmental entities) in financial and non-financial support of the agency;
  • Ensure appropriate use and consistency of branding and messaging within and across the agency, including print and digital materials such as letterhead, brochures, website, social media, and graphic assets;
  • Coordinate media interest in FamilyForward and ensure regular contact with target media and appropriate response to media requests; provide training to respond to public relations issues thereby creating confidence within the leadership to be able to respond quickly and appropriately to public relations issues;
  • Collaborate and participate in planning and implementation of special events to ensure success;
  • Produce videos to educate constituents about FamilyForward’s services and encourage financial and non-financial support of the agency (develop story, write interview questions and scripts, coordinate video shoots, partner with videographer to edit footage, and utilize footage in diverse ways to maximize exposure);
  • Research, analyze, and prepare reports and performance metrics on brand awareness, communication effectiveness, and donor responsiveness;
  • Perform special projects or additional duties, as assigned.

Core Competencies:

Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workers to perform the job successfully.

  • Leadership style that demonstrates team orientation, confidence, business savvy, maturity, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong writer and editor, experienced at scripting executive leadership and making presentations to groups of all sizes.
  • Professional and regular use of social media and other digital marketing tools.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, highly collaborative, and mutually respectful environment.
  • Ability to develop and sustain positive, long-term, trust-based relationships with internal and external audiences at all levels.
  • Innovative and critical thinking skills, ability to solve problems and work persuasively with colleagues.
  • Passion about the work, coupled with strong work ethic.
  • Demonstrable interest and commitment to the specific vision and mission of FamilyForward.
  • Strong project management skills and initiative coupled with the ability to handle multiple and varying tasks with associated deadlines.
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information one-on-one or to groups, and respond to questions from leadership, clients, customers, the public, and other employees of the agency.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or relevant field.
  • Minimum five years of hands-on experience in management of communications, marketing, or public relations, with a successful track record of communicating complex issues to a variety of audiences.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to merge, create reports, and link worksheets and data.
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Extensive experience with HTML, WordPress, and email marketing programs, as well as an in-depth understanding of the effective use of digital media.

Committee Membership:

As directed by the Chief Development Officer.

Working Conditions:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Employee will frequently be required to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. (Occasionally: 1-33%, Frequently: 34-66%, Continuously: 67-100%)

Job Relationships:

Reports to: Chief Development Officer
Supervises: Part-Time Graphic Designer and Part-Time Copywriter

Benefits:

Full-time staff are eligible for:

  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Matching donation to retirement plan

The Marketing and Communications Manager is based at our South City site.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:
Jessica Dederer, MHA
Chief Development Officer
Jessica.Dederer@familyforwardmo.org

EOE

Nurse Assistant/Direct Support Staff
Department: Residential and Respite Care
Status: Full-time and Part-time available
Reports to: Program Manager

Summary:

FamilyForward is a non-profit organization dedicated to moving vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and education services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families. In addition to our work with foster care and adoption, FamilyForward also provides specialized services to prevent and treat abuse and neglect: trauma assessment and psychological evaluation, therapy, coaching and education, therapeutic preschool, and care for children with developmental disabilities.

FamilyForward is seeking full-time and part-time Nurse Assistants and Direct Support Staff to join the team at our Children’s Homes in Brentwood and St. Charles.

FamilyForward’s Children’s Homes provide long-term, 24-hour residential care and short term, 24-hour respite care for non-ambulatory children ages 0-21 with significant medical needs, offering individualized habilitation programs to maximize physical, emotional, and educational growth. The Children’s Homes provide comprehensive and coordinated care for these individuals in a warm, stable, and supportive environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Providing safety and constant supervision of children in care
  • Directly engaging children in learning activities and play
  • Interacting/communicating with parents/care givers
  • Providing personal care, (bathing, diapering, dressing, undressing, feeding and hygiene of residents)
  • Turning or re-positioning bedfast patients to prevent bedsores
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly environment for children served
  • Recording vitals, observations, visitors, and any other information requested by the Charge Nurse on each shift
  • Immediately reports resident health care problems to the Charge Nurse
  • Preforming other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Excited to work in a team-oriented, friendly work environment
  • Ability to respond to multiple demands and prioritize as needed
  • Willingness to be compassionate and enjoy helping others
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in the healthcare field preferred
  • Experience working with children with developmental disabilities is preferred but not required
  • All applicants will need to complete a background check and drug screening.

Benefits:

Starting salaries are $12/hr plus shift differential for evenings and nights.

Full-time staff are eligible for:

  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Matching donation to retirement plan

The Nurse Assistant and Direct Support Staff positions are based at our Brentwood and St. Charles sites.

Please submit cover letter and resume to elefteria.marcou@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Therapeutic Preschool Educational Therapist
Summary:

The position involves providing psychoeducational and therapeutic treatment services to preschool-aged children. The Therapeutic Preschool provides a highly structured environment utilizing trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive interventions for children ages three to five experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. The program helps children learn problem-solving skills and new ways of processing feelings and emotions. Highly trained teachers and therapists provide individualized care for children who have experienced developmental trauma. The agency’s overarching philosophy is based in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), developed by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD of the ChildTrauma Academy. NMT is a trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive approach to understanding the impact of a child’s history on current functioning. NMT provides the structure to best recognize the presenting behaviors and needs of each child. The Therapeutic Preschool program incorporates interventions supportive of sensory integration and self-regulation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy utilizing evidence-based practices, including the ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) Model, Theraplay principles, and NMT-informed interventions
  • Plan and execute weekly group therapy sessions within the therapeutic classroom environment
  • Serve as the Trauma Smart Coach within the classroom
  • Utilize Smart Connections with caregivers in group and home-based sessions
  • Provide regular Trauma Smart lessons with Therapeutic Preschool staff to review and reinforce content learned in formal training sessions
  • Participate in creating and providing a therapeutic environment in the classroom
  • Ensure timely documentation of all notes, reports, assessments, and progress into child’s file, and into data systems
  • Assist Program Manager in completing NMT Metrics
  • Participate in classroom meetings and regular case staffing
  • Perform other tasks related to the daily operations of the program in conjunction with the therapeutic preschool team
  • Assist in program outcome evaluations
  • Provide home and office-based individual/family therapy to parents/guardians of children served
  • Assist in conducting screenings for new referrals
  • Develop relationships with families and promote home-school communication
  • Participate in the planned discharge process for all children, including the IEP process if applicable
  • Keep parents informed of their child’s progress
  • Actively participate in quarterly conferences with parents, guardians, and treatment teams to address their child’s progress and treatment planning
  • Participate in regular staff development and staff meetings
  • Collaborate with local school districts, day cares, and traditional early childhood centers to support children enrolled in the Therapeutic Preschool
  • Participate in data collection in cooperation with research project with the ChildTrauma Academy
  • Ensure compliance with all reports required internally, and for funding sources and licensing regulatory agencies, on a timely basis
  • Ensure that all Critical Incident Reports are written and submitted to all appropriate parties in the time required according to FamilyForward policy
  • Provide coverage for van driver and van monitor positions, as needed
  • Must be actively involved in Continuous Quality Improvement processes and standards promoting excellent services to our FamilyForward’s clients and help maintain an excellent work environment for all staff and volunteers
  • All employees must exhibit conduct and provide service in keeping the ethics of the profession and FamilyForward.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Core Competencies: Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workers to perform the job successfully.

  • Leadership style that demonstrates team orientation, confidence, reliability, and maturity
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, highly collaborative, and mutually respectful environment
  • Ability to develop and sustain positive, long-term, trust-based relationships with children, families and staff
  • Innovative and critical thinking skills, ability to solve problems in a fast-paced setting
  • Passion about the work, coupled with strong work ethic
  • Demonstrable interest and commitment to the specific vision and mission of FamilyForward
  • Have the personal characteristics and temperament suitable for working with children with challenging behaviors and unique needs
  • Have the energy and flexibility to meet the needs of children
  • Have the personal characteristics to provide children with safe, nurturing, secure, and continuous care

Education/Certification and Licenses:

  • Education and Experience: Minimum of a Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related discipline.
  • Must hold a valid professional license (LCSW, LPC, or be working toward a clinical license LMSW, PLPC)
  • Participate in 20 hours of staff training/in-service on an annual basis.

Requirements:

  • Background in developmental trauma preferred.
  • Professional license required.
  • Three years professional experience.

Working Conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 45 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move no more than 45 pounds.* Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. This job may, if necessary, require evening or weekend work.  Qualified individuals with disabilities may make a request for reasonable accommodation to the Chief Human Resource Officer. (Occasionally: 1-33%, Frequently: 34-66%, Continuously: 67-100%)

Job Relationships:

Reports To: Therapeutic Preschool Program Manager

Please submit cover letter and resume to Jennifer.Blevens@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Language Advocate (PRN On Call)
Summary: Language Advocates will be working directly with ROW’s Multilingual Access Program (MAP). The program has been developed to respond to the needs of non-English speaking battered women and their children who are receiving services through local domestic violence programs. The program is based upon the strong belief that all women experiencing intimate partner violence should be provided with advocacy and support that is language accessible, which validates their cultural worldview, and that, at the same time, does not condone domestic violence. This position is an on-call position and will be working varied hours, as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Providing accurate interpretation for battered women in participating programs.
  • Assisting primary advocates in providing culturally competent services to battered women.
  • Contacting participating agency point person for orientation, assignments, and de-briefing.
  • Submitting required paperwork.
  • Attending group meetings, in-services, and staff gatherings.
  • To be successful a person must be bilingual in Arabic, Farsi/Dari or Spanish, and English and have a good understanding of linguistic and cultural issues faced by non-English speaking women and their children.
  • Previous experience of interpretation/translation a plus.
  • Transportation: Possession of a valid driver’s license, a personal automobile and valid automobile insurance is required.
  • All employees must exhibit conduct and provide service in keeping the ethics of the profession and FamilyForward.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Core Competencies: Core Competencies identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for workers to perform the job successfully.

  • The establishment of rapport and responsive behaviors with persons served.
  • Collaboration with other disciplines and community services in meeting the needs of individuals and families in crisis, including special service needs of victims of violence, abuse, or neglect and their family members.
  • Procedures for working with foreign language speakers and persons with communication impairments.
  • Procedures for working with public assistance and government subsidies.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, and procedure manuals, as well as professional books and articles. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, clients, or other employees of the organization.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience working with survivors of intimate partner violence. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Reliable vehicle required as this position requires working in the field and occasionally transporting participants. Out-of-town travel may be required on occasion.
  • Previous experience of interpretation/translation a plus.
  • Practical problems with a variety of concrete variables in standardized situations.

Working Conditions: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Employee will frequently be required to drive to different locations, lift files, open filing cabinets, reaching overhead, repetitive use of hands/arms and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
(Occasionally: 1-33%, Frequently: 34-66%, Continuously: 67-100%)

The job functions listed above 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.

Job Relationships: ROW Multilingual Program Coordinator.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Asmira.Ogresevic@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Evenings and Nights
Department: Residential and Respite Care
Status: Full-time and Part-time available, Evenings and Nights
Reports to: Nursing Supervisor

Summary:

FamilyForward is a non-profit organization dedicated to moving vulnerable children in the direction of hope by delivering comprehensive therapeutic and education services to support biological, foster, and adoptive families. In addition to our work with foster care and adoption, FamilyForward also provides specialized services to prevent and treat abuse and neglect: trauma assessment and psychological evaluation, therapy, coaching and education, therapeutic preschool, and care for children with developmental disabilities.

FamilyForward is seeking full-time and part-time Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses to join the staff at our Children’s Homes in Brentwood and St. Charles.

FamilyForward’s Children’s Homes provide long-term, 24-hour residential care and short term, 24-hour respite care for non-ambulatory children ages 0-21 with significant medical needs, offering individualized habilitation programs to maximize physical, emotional, and educational growth. The Children’s Homes provide comprehensive and coordinated care for these individuals in a warm, stable, and supportive environment.

Essential Duties:

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Directly engaging children in learning activities and play
  • Providing safety and constant supervision of children in care
  • Interacting/communicating with parents/care givers
  • Assessing the health and medical needs of children
  • Performing all medical procedures and treatments (such as G-tube and NG-tube feeding, tracheotomy care, dressing changes, PPD, PROM, application and removal of splints, etc.
  • Reviewing, administering, and charting all medications ordered
  • Preparing written reports, nursing notes, client charts, and goal charts
  • Communicating/collaborating with others (direct care staff, physicians, management personnel, etc.) for continuity of care

Requirements:

  • Valid RN or LPN license to practice in the State of Missouri
  • Experience working in a pediatric setting preferred
  • Experience working with children with developmental disabilities is preferred but not required
  • Ability to serve as charge nurse during shift and direct a team of care givers
  • Ability to assess for changes in patient’s health and determine need for routine or emergency intervention
  • Commitment to providing excellent medical, physical, social, and emotional care for vulnerable children
  • All applicants will need to complete a background check and drug screening
  • Must work every other weekend

Benefits:

Full-time staff are eligible for:

  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Matching donation to retirement plan

The Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse positions are based at our Brentwood and St. Charles sites.

Please submit cover letter and resume to chakea.wilborn@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE