Parenting Journey seeks to create a working environment which embraces diversity and cultivates cultural competence. We have an ongoing organizational commitment to actively acknowledge and address staff and client issues of culture and cultural reaction in an open, honest and respectful manner.
This includes a commitment to recruiting and hiring staff and interns who mirror the diverse client population we serve, and creating an environment where all staff and clients are valued and treated with respect, regardless of their race, culture, sexual orientation, language, range of mobility, or socio-economic class.
Portuguese Speaking Group Facilitator
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
At Parenting Journey (PJ), we are working towards the day when every family has what they need to thrive and succeed. Our work is rooted in the belief that all parents want what is best for their children; but, we also recognize that some parents cannot reach their full potential because of layers of injustice that disproportionately impact communities of color, low-income families, and immigrants. In response to intergenerational trauma caused by racism and poverty, our evidence-based programs cultivate the inherent strengths and capabilities of parents because research shows improved mental health and wellbeing for parents also translates to better outcomes for children and families. We use evidence-based interventions that prove that the entire family thrives when parents adapt to stress, decrease anxiety, and have healthy interactions with others. In 2017, through rigorous research we demonstrated that the PJ model is an effective parenting intervention that significantly reduces stress and promotes family and child well-being.
Since its founding in 1982, PJ has refined and adapted its model and program offerings to best partner with families and communities. Today, PJ uses an interdisciplinary approach to create change in individuals, and institutions to uplift families and ensure that we live in a society where everyone thrives. We work with over 2,000 staff at nearly 300 organizations across Massachusetts and New York to deliver high-impact programs that touch families throughout the Northeast.
At Parenting Journey, we are interrogating ourselves and our practices in order to disrupt systems of oppression, and advance racial equity and social justice. We own our intentions and actions, and the impact they have on others. We embrace innovation and opportunities for growth. We approach projects, opportunities, and conflicts with agility and the desire to learn. We work to communicate with transparency. We celebrate and have fun with each other.
- We trust that all parents want what is best for their children.
- We acknowledge that there are external factors and obstacles, including systemic injustice like racism, that prevent many parents from realizing the futures they, and their families, deserve.
- We believe resilient parents are a catalyst for social change, and that all of us have a role to play in harnessing this power to build strong communities.
Reporting to the Clinical Director (CD), the Group Facilitator will support Parenting Journey’s mission critical work of virtually facilitating PJ’s 12-week groups to diverse groups of parents,
in accordance with approved curriculum and in adherence to model fidelity. The group will start in February 2021. During the 12-week group sessions you will commit to a minimum of 5 hours/week of time. Prior to start of group, PJ will provide you with 5 days of training at no cost to you to be completed in January 2021.
Potential for facilitating subsequent cycles of Parenting Journey groups.
- Facilitate 12 or 14 session, weekly two-hour curriculum-based Parenting Journey group.
- Engage in regular individual supervisory sessions with PJ Clinical Director.
- Engage in group supervision sessions as scheduled by PJ
- Conduct outreach and intakes for potential group members
- Maintain contact with group participants in between group sessions
- Complete all paperwork/documentation in adherence with PJ policies, including group attendance sheets and information related to evaluation process
- Utilize PJ approved materials and/or technology for delivery of services
- Adhere to PJ policies for reporting client concerns and maintaining confidentiality
- Adhere to all PJ personnel policies
- Attend additional meetings/contact with PJ staff as warranted for carrying out responsibilities
- High integrity, sound judgment, enthusiasm, and optimism
- Ability to value diverse perspectives and treat all persons with dignity and respect
- Unquestionable personal code of ethics, diversity, and trust
- Creative problem solver with strong strategic and tactical sense
- Ability to create and foster a healthy and positive work environment
- Ability to think on your feet, go with the flow, and still achieve curriculum objectives
- Able to adapt to running groups in a virtual setting.
- Master’s degree in human- service field, plus experience working with families; consideration may be given to candidates with extensive related experience who hold a Bachelor’s degree in a human service field.
- Fluent in Portuguese and English
- Ability to work flexible hours
- Based in Massachusetts
- Knowledge of non-profit environments and social justice landscape.
JOB TYPE: Contract employee
SALARY: Hourly rate range starts at $30/hr for Master’s level
Parenting Journey is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please email a cover letter and resume to JoinOurTeam@parentingjourney.org. Review of candidates will begin on November 16, and continue until filled. For more information about Parenting Journey, please visit our website at www.parentingjourney.org.