Program Coordinator - Early Childhood Court

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Program Coordinator - Early Childhood Court
Job Location: 
Escambia/Okaloosa County
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Scope of Work:

      This position is responsible for work involving a high degree of public contact, working with a court team and with families involved in a dependency case that have agreed to participate in an Early Childhood Court Initiative. This position will work circuit wide.   

      The Community Coordinator will work with the Unified Family Court’s Early Childhood Court team, including the Judge/Court, participants and related agencies to support the team activities.  The Community Coordinator provides coordination and collaboration amongst the community providers and other stakeholders, serves as the liaison between the family and the court, attends court hearings, schedules Court Team meetings, collects case related data, and ensures families receive the right service at the right time

      A strong knowledge in the area of dependency court procedures with a background in infant early childhood court development and a high degree of independent judgment is required to handle issues involved. 

Essential Duties:

Serves as a liaison between the Family participating in Early Childhood Court and the Court, acting as a neutral party to the case.

Attends all applicable hearings involving participants including the shelter calendar where families may be identified to discuss participating in ECC (orients families to the ECC), and all subsequent Early Childhood Court hearings to maintain consistency for families participating in the initiative.

Ensures that the families are receiving the appropriate services at the appropriate time.

Works with the judge to implement recommendation of the Court Team.

Assess community’s needs for training/technical assistance and coordinates with community agencies to arrange local training to meet the goals of the Court Team.

Develops policies and procedures with the court team to increase coordination and collaboration among community providers and participating agencies/implements recommendations.

Participates in regular steering committee meetings (keeping and disseminating minutes) and conference calls including applicable Statewide conference calls

Collects and Reports data to the Team, implements local evaluation plan as needed, contributes to reports as requested and enters data into the statewide data system.

Educational/Experiential Requirements:

            Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, child welfare, administration, education, or related human services field with at least four (4) years of direct experience working in the child welfare field. Knowledge of infant/toddler social-emotional development and impact of child abuse and neglect and experience working with juvenile and family courts preferred. 

Other Requirements:

Background in infant/early childhood development or related field.

Knowledge of local community early childhood services including early care and education, mental health, child welfare and early intervention.

Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with multidisciplinary group.

Knowledge of issues related to child abuse and neglect and of dependency proceedings.

Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality, and honesty in handling matters before the court.

Word processing and computer data entry skills.

Knowledge of modern office equipment, practices and procedures.

Knowledge of record keeping practices and procedures.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and making recommendations.

Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.