Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Early Childhood Center - Early Head Start Program
  • Kenai, AK, USA
  • Full Time

Child Wellness Coordinator

Dept./Program: Early Childhood Center - Early Head Start Program

Division: Education & Training

Reports To: EHS Coordinator

Employment Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt

Schedule: Exempt

Preference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638

Revision Date: 06-14-18

Job Summary

Provides an array for services, tools and parenting resources specific to child wellness to enrolled parents and children of the Early Head Start program.  Provides assessments, resources, advocacy, and effective case management targeted within an early childhood wellness continuum inclusive of prenatal care, nutrition, infant/young child health, wellness, child development, preventive strategies, immunizations, auditory and visual screenings, habilitation activities, play and family engagement strategies, exercise and home safety.  Assist parents and caregivers in assessing child safety in the home milieu, as well as play and care giving environments. Provides these activities in accordance with nationally established standards of nutrition, health, wellness and child safety. Collaborate with the DWC Nutritionist and other recognized experts to assure the development of a program-wide nutrition protocols are implemented and monitored. Perform administrative tasks in support of the diet planning, food shopping, food budgeting, and food preparation processes for infants and young children. Facilitates all opportunities to effectively collaborate with community resources and organizational program to ensure access to nutritional and health resources for all enrolled parents and children. Will work with the DWC Wellness Coordinator to incorporate traditional foods and natural remedies, as applicable.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct's timely and on-going wellness assessments for all Early Head Start enrolled children.
  • Design, develop and maintain all wellness assessment tools and documents.
  • Maintains within the enrollment record documentation specific to nutritional assessments, home visits, referrals, provision of supplies and materials, health information, and other such services specific to the wellness of the enrolled child.
  • Ensure that safety, sanitation, nutrition and health standards and protocols are made available to all enrolled families through the development of a Child Wellness Tool Bag.
  • Assist in the development of recipes to accommodate special diets and monitor individual children's needs.
  • Effectively work within the Early Head Start program to promote program goals and strategies specific to child wellness.
  • Serves as a positive role model for parents through the implementation of the Early Head Start policies and procedures and consistently utilizes appropriate direction, discipline and guidance techniques, as necessary.
  • Design, develop, identify and distribute materials in areas of specialization, which include community resources, child health promotion, child nutrition education, child development education and parenting education.
  • Attend Education Team and other child specific staffing opportunities related to child health, child abuse, domestic violence, follow-up on family health/wellness and diversity issues.
  • Provide information, referral and coordinating efforts to link staff and families with appropriate community resources.
  • Utilize data to determine training needs to design and deliver health and wellness training to staff and parents; topics will include both specialized and multidisciplinary subject matter and promote collaborative teaming via community organizations.
  • To ensure in the performance of duties and responsibilities a commitment to the mission and vision of the Early Head Start Program model, and in doing so honor and practice all applicable policies, procedures and protocols to ensure full compliance in the Head Start standards, as put forth.

It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list.  The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.

Working Conditions

Lifting Requirements

Light work Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.

Physical Requirements

Stand or Sit (Stationary position)

Walk (Move, Traverse)

Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)

Climb (stairs/ladders) or balance (Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse)

Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)

Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)

See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)

Pushing or Pulling

Repetitive Motion

Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

Exposure to Dust

Noise

Chemical Hazards

OSHA Categories

Category II Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur

Equipment and Tools

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle: Personal

Travel

Local

Qualifications

Education

  • Associates Degree or a combination of experience and education in a related field.

Experience

  • Minimum three years' experience in supervision of a child health and safety program component including administrative oversight, home visitation services, staff supervision, effective collaboration within a multidisciplinary team founded within an education and childcare program, sanitation/health standards, menu planning, and broad understanding of child health and wellness.

License/Certification

  • Must have a valid Alaska Driver's License and proof of insurance and must provide own vehicle for home visits.
  • Pediatric CPR & First Aid must be obtained within 30 days of employment.

Special Skills

  • Ability to exercise highly responsible independent judgment and decision making with regards to child wellness assessments, medical care referrals, case management, wellness care referrals and effective and documented follow-up for an early childhood education and care program.
  • Consistently demonstrate a current and effective knowledge base specific to child wellness trends, strategies, resources and child health.
  • Strong ability to make concise and effective decisions specific to infant and child wellness needs and strategies.  
  • Ability to meet deadlines, with excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a fast-paced multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of the needs of expectant mothers, infants, young children, diverse populations and special diets.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate with numerous resources, partnerships and care providers throughout the organization and the community.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to articulate and write policies/procedures as they relate to Child/Family Health and Wellness.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to details.
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