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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.

Therapeutic Preschool Teacher

Department: Therapeutic Preschool
Status: Full Time
Reports to: Program Manager for Therapeutic Preschool

Summary:

The position provides psychoeducational treatment services to preschool-aged children, who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, and/or developmental problems, and who have experienced child abuse/neglect or family violence victimization. Work as a member of a team that provides a structured therapeutic milieu to promote remediation of developmental delays and resolution of children’s behavioral problems, which have resulted from their victimization or neglect. 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 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 program incorporates interventions supportive of sensory integration and self-regulation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work as a member of a multidisciplinary team to maintain the daily therapeutic milieu
  • Take an active role in the daily functioning of the classroom
  • Implement all classroom practices, as needed – room arrangement, daily schedules, routines, and transitions – to assure their adherence to program policies and best practice standards
  • Create daily lesson plans which incorporate developmentally appropriate activities and NMT-informed therapeutic interventions
  • Assist in curriculum development
  • Prepare and maintain the classroom environment for the daily activities; ensure cleanliness and safety of the physical environment
  • Provide support to the Educational Therapist during group therapy
  • With support from the Program Supervisor, establish and monitor individual academic goals
  • Utilize Trauma Smart, ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) Model, and NMT-informed interventions in the classroom
  • Ensure safety of children attending the program at all times, including the use of the safe room or restraint as trained and when necessary
  • Assist Educational Therapist in completing quarterly assessments, as needed
  • Assist Program Manager in completing NMT brain metrics for all children, as needed
  • Attend and actively participate in staff and classroom meetings, including clinical staffing of individual children
  • Participate in parent conferences, as needed
  • Implement individualized NMT recommendations with support from the therapist and educational therapist
  • Participate in regular communication with caregivers to support engagement and consistency between home and school
  • Regularly serve as a monitor on the vans to ensure safety during times of transportation of the children to and from school
  • Attend all trainings as required, including 12 hours of approved child care credit hours
  • Must be actively involved in Performance Quality Improvement processes and standards promoting excellent services to FamilyForward and help maintain an excellent work environment for all staff and volunteers.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

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

  • Ability to meet the emotional and developmental needs of children served
  • 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:

Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or child development; or baccalaureate or advanced degree in a related field (i.e. social work, counseling, etc.), and evidence of credit hours in early childhood education, and experience teaching children in the age range for which she/he is applying for. Participate in 20 hours of staff training/in-service on an annual basis.

Requirements:

  • Background in early childhood education preferred.
  • Understanding of trauma and its impact on the developing child preferred.
  • Three years professional experience.
  • Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities.
  • Ability to work well within a team setting, offering support in ways to improve program quality and functioning

Please submit cover letter and resume to Nicole.Marsh@familyforwardmo.org, and Sharon.Skidmore.Stern@familyforwardmo.org

EOE

Clinical Supervisor

Department: Family Treatment (FAMTX)
Status: Full Time
Reports to: Program Director

Summary:

A Clinical Supervisor directs the supervision of therapists, oversees client care issues, and coordinates program issues with the Program Manager and/or Program Director. This position will supervise a team of clinicians in our South St. Louis City (Kingshighway Blvd.) office Family Therapy Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide clinical and administrative supervision for staff members assigned.
  • Provide direct client services as determined with supervisor.
  • Assist with hiring, orientation, and training of staff.
  • Ensure accurate and timely documentation for client records, billing, and compliance with policies.
  • Develop/enhance/maintain therapy practices that are aligned with accepted best practices.
  • Assist Program Manager and/or Program Director with staff disciplinary issues and other personnel-related reports as appropriate or required.
  • Work with Program Manager and/or Program Director to conduct annual performance appraisals on all assigned personnel.
  • Work effectively as a member of FamilyForward’s administration.
  • Exhibit conduct and provide service in keeping with the ethical standards of the agency and the profession.
  • Assist in other programs of the agency as time and expertise allow.
  • Participate in agency-wide public relations and fund-raising efforts.
  • Complete required continuing education/professional development hours by attending relevant conferences in the community, and by utilizing current professional publications.
  • Perform related work as required or as delegated by supervisor.
  • Encourage staff to identify opportunities for improvement around the agency and in their practice.
  • Use data to improve services and client outcomes.

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

  • Dependability (includes good attendance).
  • Cooperation and teamwork.
  • Communication skills.
  • Initiative/judgement/problem-solving skills.
  • Flexibility.
  • Leadership.
  • Customer/client service.
  • Conflict management.
  • Staffing.
  • Attention to safety.

Education and/or Experience:

  • LCSW or LPC in the State of Missouri.
  • Masters’ Degree in Social Work, Counseling, or closely-related field.
  • Experience working with at-risk children and families.
  • Ability to establish and maintain sound professional relationships with administration, management, staff, clients, and the professional community.
  • Ability to carry out disciplinary actions when required, to implement policies, procedures, and practices, and effect changes as needed.
  • Ability to provide licensure supervision and serve as a practicum/intern supervisor preferred.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Tijen.Gassiraro@familyforwardmo.org.

EOE

Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Department: Residential and Respite Care
Status: Full-time and Part-time available.
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 education 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.

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

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 education 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

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