Job Description

Job Title: Family Development Specialist
Job ID: 664190
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:30 - 6:30, flexible, Evenings & Saturdays
Shift: Variable
Facility: Children's Hospital of Pgh
Department: FCC Rankin Braddock
Location: 849 Braddock Avenue, Braddock PA 15104


Family Development Specialists (FDS) is responsible for providing direct service to families from diverse backgrounds with children birth - 6 years. These prevention services help families set personal goals and deal with the many obstacles that come up in day to day life in these high-risk neighborhoods. This direct service will include preschool programming, home visits, goal planning, developmental screenings, advocacy and referrals linking families to any needed services.

  • Attend minimum of twenty (20) hours of job-related trainings annually
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Build positive rapports with parents and children
  • Complete minimum of one or two home visits per month depending on evidenced-based curriculum model/or prevention model
  • Develop and/or assist in the child programming and parent-child interaction groups
  • Facilitate preschool 2 (two) days a week (3 hr.) program using Pennsylvania Education Standards and Parents and Teachers Evidence -Based Curriculum.
  • Initiates 2 (two) child development screenings per year with parents and children using the appropriate developmental tools.
  • Maintain confidentiality of ALL Family Care Connection families
  • Maintain files and complete all management information system paperwork accurately as required in a timely manner
  • Maintain the family support center site and ensure welcoming atmosphere
  • Participate in outreach/recruiting for program
  • Participate in the development of and facilitate parent leader groups
  • Participate in the development of special events and celebrations with/for families
  • Provide crisis intervention and/or referrals for families
  • Provides team approach model case management services including goal planning, service brokerage, advocacy, referral and support
  • Responsible for 18 (eighteen) to 25 (twenty-five) families on their caseload
  • Transport families to programming, well baby visits, mental health sessions, etc. when possible


  • Bachelor's degree in Child Development, Early Childhood or related field OR
  • High School Diploma and four (4) years of related experience in early childhood prevention human services/or social services working with children and families.
  • Experience in home visiting.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Driver's License

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $13.32 to $20.31

Union Position: No

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