The Father Involvement Specialist (FIS) is responsible for outreach, recruitment and referrals to and for the fathers, significant others or father figures of Meta House’s clients and their children involved in our SAMHSA and ACF grants. The FIS will work collaboratively with Meta House team members to ensure optimal father involvement in the lives of the client and her children. This includes recruitment and implementation for Meta House sponsored classes and events as well as within the community. The FIS will work closely with other fatherhood initiatives and programs in the community and will help the fathers navigate the complex systems that impact the lives of their children and family.
Essential Functions of the Job
- Conduct outreach to men and adult family members, identified by client, as potential support for family and client’s sobriety; this outreach includes the provision of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) and FASDs (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) screenings as identified by the PPW grant.
- Develop supportive and trusting relationships with identified men and family members.
- Engage men and adult family members and support them at Meta House sponsored activities:
- Monthly team meetings, Open House/Family Recovery Night, Mommy, Daddy & Me group, Daddy and Me activities, child visitation.
- Develop a support group for identified men.
- Facilitation of Celebrating Families! groups and facilitation of Nurturing Fathers Programs groups.
- Assess needs of identified men and adult family members and make appropriate referrals and follow up to community resources:
- Medical, mental health, employment, substance use disorders, clothing, shelter, housing, etc.
- Establish and maintain relationships with area fatherhood programs and other community-based organizations that serve fathers and their children.
- Complete documentation of work in a timely manner using electronic health records.
- Communicate with the therapy, parenting, consumer peer, RSS, and case management staff; work collaboratively with clients and treatment teams using trauma informed best practices.
- Attend all staff meetings weekly as assigned by supervisor.
- Attend monthly client team meetings (RPOC); coordinate therapeutic services with community agencies, such as Child Welfare, schools, physicians, etc.
- Attend appropriate fatherhood-related community meetings, events and initiatives.
- Follow guidelines related to the mandated reporting of child abuse/neglect.
Marginal Functions of the Job
- Participate in agency wide policy/procedure or service committees as assigned.
- Participate in community resource meetings as assigned.
- Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications and Requirements
- High school diploma or equivalent; Associates or Bachelor’s degree in social service-related field preferred.
- Minimum of three years of related experience working with fathers.
- Experience working with families impacted by SUDs (substance use disorders) and behavioral health conditions preferred.
Other Skills Required
- Effective written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work and communicate within a team-oriented workplace
- Knowledge of community resources
- Able to work in a multi-cultural setting
- Flexibility and problem-solving skills
- Computer skills including proficiency in Word, Excel, and other applications
- Valid driver’s license
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
- All Meta House staff are required to provide proof of vaccination for MMR, Varicella, COVID-19, and annual flu shot.
- Adherence to a non-smoking work environment.
- Tolerate occasional hot or cold days.
- Sit or stand for extended periods of time including alternating sitting or standing at will.
- Lift and up to 25 pounds on a regular basis and 40 pounds on occasion.
- Ascend and descend stairs using feet and legs.
- Bend, stoop, twist, squat, and kneel to perform essential functions.
- Reach overhead, and at or below shoulder level.
- Read and enter text or data into a computer or other system.
- Touch, pick, punch or otherwise working with fingers.
- Hear, understand, and distinguish speech and/or other sounds to communicate with clients and/or colleagues.
- Express or exchange ideas by means of spoken word to impart oral information to clients or the public and convey detailed spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly.
- See clearly at approximately 20 inches or less including use of computers or tablet.
- Visually identify clients and others for reasons including, but not limited to security, presence in the building, and medication dispensing.
- Ability to use personal vehicle for work related duties including transportation of clients.
- Auto insurance coverage with the following limits: 100k per person bodily injury/300k per accident bodily injury limit/100k property damage liability (required for employees using their personal vehicle for work or for employees transporting clients in their personal vehicle).
Please apply online at Father Involvement Specialist (paycomonline.net)