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Dedicated, knowledgeable staff are the heart of every great organization. Child First, Inc. is a rapidly growing non-profit with high energy professionals focused on providing services of the very highest quality. Our staff is committed to transforming the lives of those we serve - very young, vulnerable children and their families. Come join a team of motivated and creative individuals working together to make a difference.

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities at Child First National Program Office

Child First Connecticut State Clinical Director  -  Trumbull, Connecticut

Summary of Position

Child First National Program Office (NPO) is seeking a dynamic, early childhood mental health expert to:
(1) oversee Child First’s clinical operations throughout Connecticut, (2) provide ongoing, reflective clinical and programmatic consultation to Child First sites within our Connecticut affiliate agencies,
(3) ensure quality enhancement and model fidelity, (4) conduct trainings in collaboration with Child First NPO training staff, and (5) serve as a liaison between Child First NPO, affiliate and community partners, CT state agencies, and other stakeholders in Connecticut. 

Program Description

Child First is an evidence-based, two-generation, home-based intervention, which works to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among very vulnerable, young children and their families.  Child First uses a team approach that combines (1) Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a psychotherapeutic, attachment-based, trauma-informed, caregiver-child intervention with (2) care coordination, providing comprehensive services and supports for the whole family. Most families have experienced multiple challenges, including poverty, violence, depression, substance use, and homelessness. 

Child First is currently in a period of rapid growth. We have 15 affiliate sites across Connecticut, serving approximately 1000 families each year, with the goal of covering the entire state within the next year. We are also in North Carolina and Florida, with expansion planned for additional states. The Child First National Program Office in Connecticut oversees and supports the Child First network of agencies that are authorized to implement the Child First model.

Key Job Responsibilities

Reflective Clinical Consultation

  • Assist affiliate Child First site Clinical Directors and teams in mastering the Child First model components, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
  • During the eight months of a Child First Learning Collaborative for a new affiliate site, provide weekly individual reflective clinical consultation to Clinical Directors and group reflective clinical consultation to Child First staff at affiliate sites. Thereafter, provide ongoing, bi-weekly reflective clinical consultation for Clinical Directors of affiliate sites, to promote their mastery of reflective supervision with their staff, support their work with complex families, and maintain a supportive and cohesive team structure.
  • Provide weekly individual consultation to new Clinical Directors the first 6 months of hire and biweekly thereafter.
  • Conduct a monthly, Child First Connecticut Clinical Director Meeting focused on both clinical and management issues.

Quality Enhancement and Model Fidelity

  • Collaborate with Child First Data and Quality Enhancement Team to help monitor quality of clinical interventions and fidelity of implementation of the Child First model throughout Connecticut.
  • Review all CT Child First Benchmarks (implementation process) on a monthly basis and work with CT affiliate site Clinical Directors to enhance outcomes.
  • Review all CT Child First assessment outcomes on a quarterly basis and work with Clinical Directors to target areas needing more training or consultation.
  • Participate in the Accreditation Team to oversee clinical and training quality across the network to determine if trained Child First affiliate sites meet standards for Child First accreditation.
  • Help Child First affiliate sites reach and maintain fidelity to the model through use of the Child First Fidelity Framework and clinical consultation.
  • Support Child First Connecticut affiliate sites in model implementation, evaluating both process and outcome data, and targeting areas of needed growth, as a member of the Quality Enhancement Team.
  • Work closely with CT affiliate sites to create Performance Enhancement Plans, as needed, and provide consultation and support to them as they implement these plans.
  • Conduct Child First Accreditation visits, as appropriate.

Training

  • Actively participate in planning and implementation of all Child First training – including Child First Learning Collaborative, Distance Learning, Staff Accelerated Training (STAT), and other necessary training – working in close collaboration with the Training Director and team.
  • Participate in all aspects of Child-Parent Psychotherapy training, to obtain rostered status (if not already rostered upon hire). 
  • Continue to support ongoing CPP training for all CT sites. This includes participation in ongoing consultation calls.

Child First Relationship with Connecticut State Leadership

  • Support CT affiliate agency Senior Leaders in conjunction with members of the Program Department, as needed.
  • Develop positive working relationships with statewide agencies and departments to foster Child First’s ongoing development across Connecticut, including the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Office of Early Childhood (OEC), and others.
  • Educate stakeholders as needed (e.g., DCF, OEC staff) regarding the Child First model, including how Child First addresses trauma and the mental health needs of infants, young children, and families.
  • Collaborate with the CT Association of Infant Mental Health, providing statewide training and facilitating the endorsement of Child First staff.

Qualifications

  • Licensed early childhood mental health clinician with Masters or Doctoral degree (preferred) in the areas of clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, marriage and family therapy, or relevant related discipline.
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and disability, especially emotional development and mental health; young child assessment; parent-child relationships and attachment theory; impact of trauma, depression, and other environmental risks on early childhood brain development; family systems; adult psychopathology; psychopharmacology; and diagnostic classification of young children and adults.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working psychotherapeutically with young children (0-5 years) and their families using a relationally-based model (Child-Parent Psychotherapy preferred).
  • Experience working in home and community-based settings with vulnerable populations of diverse cultures and ethnicities.
  • Knowledge and experience working with adults with mental health, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and cognitive challenges. 
  • A minimum of four years’ experience conducting reflective, clinical supervision with Masters’ level clinicians.
  • Certified trainer in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (preferred).
  • Experienced trainer with ability to facilitate group learning and apply interactive training techniques.
  • Knowledge and experience with collaboration with other early childhood and adult providers.
  • Quality improvement and program evaluation experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and team-building skills.
  • Highly organized, high energy, team player, self-motivated, and flexible.
  • Ability to multi-task on multiple initiatives in parallel.
  • Excellent oral, writing, and editing skills.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
  • Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of Child First.
  • Ability to commute to affiliate Child First sites throughout Connecticut.
  • Ability to travel to replication States as needed to provide training.

Salary and Benefits

  • Full-time position
  • Competitive salary commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate
  • Generous benefit package

Apply

  • To submit an application, email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to: HR@childfirst.org
  • Please place “Connecticut State Clinical Director” in the email’s subject heading.

 

To learn more about the position, view a PDF of the job description here:PDF icon CT State Clinical Director 5.12.20.pdf

Child First, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Child First Clinical & Training Administrator - Trumbull, Connecticut

Reports to: National Clinical Officer; Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt

Summary of Position:

The Child First Clinical & Training Administrator is a full-time position providing a highly motivated and detail-oriented professional an opportunity to contribute to a rapidly growing, mission-driven, non-profit organization. Child First works with the most vulnerable young children and families to heal and protect them from the often-devastating impact of trauma and adversity. S/he would be a member of a highly collaborative staff of deeply committed professionals. S/he will provide support to the Clinical & Training Department while working closely with the Office Manager to serve as backup for general office support functions.

Key Responsibilities:

   Create and Manage Training Materials

  • Organize, update, and manage core training and clinical documents in Dropbox
  • Design, organize and maintain slide and presentation library of training materials within Dropbox
  • Update templates of existing training presentations for consistency
  • Assist in video production projects. This may require travel across the network.
  • Edit and update courses within the Child First distance learning platform
  • Format and proof training materials as necessary
  • Maintain and update the Child First toolkit on a quarterly basis

   Coordinate Logistics of Training Events and Meetings

  • Scheduling venues and coordinate catering services
  • Ensure that the department is stocked with necessary supplies and materials for all trainings by tracking and maintaining inventory and ordering supplies as needed
  • Manage physical support for all training events, including room set up and break down and technical setup
  • Track attendance at trainings, meetings, and Abecedarian support calls
  • Create and track training evaluations, design feedback reports and disseminate across department
  • Compile training data for accreditation, this may include, but not be limited to, attendance at trainings and participation in distance learning

   Support Clinical and Training Departments

  • Engage with staff at affiliate sites as needed
  • Support projects to aid affiliate sites’ fidelity to the Child First model
  • Support collaborative projects with other departments as needed
  • Offer administrative support for the Child First distance learning platform. This may include tracking staff performance and giving feedback to affiliate sites
  • Assist as needed with Clinical Director’s network meetings and DCF quarterly meetings
  • Support the administration of the digital learning platform in conjunction with the educational design specialist
  • Support weekly department meetings, taking and distributing meeting minutes

   Office Support (Backup)

  • Provide administrative support to Executive Team, including making travel arrangements, copying and organizing documents
  • Provide logistical support for in-person meetings and meetings with external stakeholders (catering orders, copying, setup, etc.)
  • Pick up mail, open, and distribute; send mail and manage overnight deliveries
  • Greet and direct visitors
  • Help organize and maintain office common areas
  • Other duties and responsibilities as requested

Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in improving or creating efficient data processes & procedures 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong writing skills
  • Organized, analytical, detail-oriented, and thorough
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of multiple teams
  • Self-motivated, strong sense of ownership and accountability, results-oriented individual with the ability to manage time and schedules effectively
  • Positive thinker; energetic and enthusiastic; ability to deal effectively within a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the mission of Child First

Apply

  • To submit an application, email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to: HR@childfirst.org
  • Please place “Child First Clinical and Training Administrator” in the email’s subject heading.

Child First, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Child First Colorado State Clinical Director - Colorado

Reports To:      Executive Director;      Classification:   Full-time, Exempt

 

PURPOSE

Every day, we prove that the smartest investments are made in children. At Invest in Kids, we bring research-based, proven programs into communities across Colorado. Our efforts focus on the specific needs of children in low-income families, with the hope of seeing every child in Colorado thrive. We partner with community leaders, care providers, and donors to work toward this goal. Only those programs able to demonstrate the highest level of standards, a research-proven track record of success, and a promise of significant impact become Invest in Kids’ programs. The Child First State Clinical Director will further our mission by leading and overseeing the clinical implementation of and providing programmatic support for Child First at affiliate sites within Colorado.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Child First State Clinical Director is to provide oversight and management of the clinical implementation of the Child First Colorado program. The position provides direct clinical, reflective and programmatic consultation to Child First Colorado affiliate sites, ensuring quality enhancement and model fidelity, conducting trainings in collaboration with Child First National Program Office (NPO) Training Director and training affiliate site staff and clinical experts.

The position is part of the senior leadership team of Invest in Kids and strategic partner to the Executive Director. The Child First State Clinical Director is also a member of the Child First National Program Office’s Clinical and Training Department (located in Connecticut), receives clinical oversight from the Child First National Clinical Officer, and works in close collaboration with the Child First State Clinical Directors in other states that are implementing Child First. S/he also serves as a liaison with all Colorado community partners and other Invest in Kids stakeholders.

 

The start date for this position will be January 2021.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Provision of Reflective Clinical and Programmatic Consultation

  • Oversee all components of clinical operations of Child First in Colorado.
  • During the Child First training period, provide weekly then biweekly, individual reflective clinical consultation, technical assistance and support to Child First affiliate site Clinical Supervisors, and group reflective clinical consultation to Child First staff at each of the Colorado Child First affiliate sites.
  • Provide ongoing, biweekly technical assistance, support and clinical consultation for affiliate site Clinical Supervisors in Colorado, and ad hoc consultation as needed.
  • Assist affiliate site Clinical Supervisors in building and maintaining cohesive, supportive and respectful relationships among their staff.
  • Conduct monthly Child First Colorado Clinical Supervisor Network Meetings focused on both clinical and management issues.

Quality Enhancement and Model Fidelity

  • Work as a member of Child First NPO Quality Enhancement Team (made up of NPO staff from both the Clinical and the Data & Quality Enhancement Departments) to monitor quality of clinical interventions, collection and analysis of data, and fidelity of implementation of the Child First model, as it is rolled out in Colorado.
  • Review Colorado Child First Benchmarks (implementation process) on a monthly basis and work with affiliate site Clinical Supervisors to enhance outcomes.
  • Review Child First assessment outcomes on a quarterly basis and work with affiliate site Clinical Supervisors to target areas needing enhancement, including more training or consultation.
  • Provide ongoing assistance to Child First affiliate sites to improve performance and help them meet standards for Child First accreditation.

Training Provision

  • Actively participate in planning and implementation of Child First training – including Child First Learning Collaborative, Distance Learning, and Staff Accelerated Training (STAT) – working in close collaboration with the National Clinical Officer, Training Director, and other clinical staff.
  • Assist affiliate site Clinical Supervisors in mastering Child First model components and facilitate collaborative learning.
  • Provide further training to Child First affiliate sites as needed. This is designed to support clinical/care coordination practice and fidelity to the Child First model.
  • Identify local expert faculty who can collaborate and contribute to Learning Collaborative sessions as needed.

Collaboration

  • Oversee and manage Child First implementation in Colorado in close collaboration with Invest in Kids staff and NPO Chief Program Officer.
  • Develop, recruit and nurture a Colorado State Advisory Council in close collaboration with Invest in Kids staff and Child First NPO Chief Program Officer.
  • Collaborate with Invest in Kids staff and affiliate agency Clinical Supervisors/Directors to embed Child First in the local/regional early childhood system of care, through engagement of local providers and stakeholders. Help facilitate the development of a Child First Community Advisory Board in each geographic area.
  • Collaborate with NPO and affiliate site Clinical Supervisor to address concerns as they arise.
  • Work with Invest in Kids’ Finance Department to create, monitor, and advise the organization on the program budget.

Commitment to Ongoing Training/Supervision Provided to the State Clinical Director by NPO

  • Commit to travel to Connecticut as needed (when safe/feasible) for in-person training in the Child First model at the Child First National Program Office (NPO), in order to facilitate close collaboration.
  • Complete all Child First training (Learning Collaborative, Distance Learning, Child-Parent-Psychotherapy, Child First Comprehensive Clinical Record) rapidly, post-employment.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities for personal growth, in consultation with the Child First National Clinical Officer.
  • Travel to the NPO for ongoing training as needed to facilitate close collaboration (when safe/feasible).
  • Maintain frequent contact with Child First NPO through web-based conferencing to include, but not be limited to, weekly reflective supervision, biweekly Child First NPO staff meetings, and weekly Clinical Department meetings.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and team-building skills.
  • Highly organized, high energy, team player, self-motivated, multi-tasker, and flexible.
  • Quality improvement and program evaluation experience a plus.
  • Excellent oral, writing, and editing skills.
  • Desire to have significant impact in the rapidly growing field of early childhood mental health.
  • Strong commitment to the vision, mission, and goals of Invest in Kids and Child First.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience supervising and/or directly providing Child First services is highly valued.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Licensed early childhood mental health clinician with at least a Masters degree in the areas of clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, marriage and family therapy, or relevant related discipline.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working psychotherapeutically with young children (0-5 years) and their families using a relationally-based, dyadic model. Rostered clinician in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, highly preferred.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience conducting reflective clinical supervision with Master’s level clinicians, highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood development and disability, especially emotional development and mental health; young child assessment; parent-child relationships and attachment theory; impact of trauma, depression, and other environmental risks on early childhood brain development; family systems; adult psychopathology; psychopharmacology; and diagnostic classification of young children and adults.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with adults with mental health, substance abuse, intimate partner violence and cognitive challenges.
  • Experienced leader with demonstrated success embracing innovation and collaborative teamwork with other early childhood and adult providers with a focus on building and contributing to a system of care.
  • Experience working in home and community-based settings with vulnerable populations of diverse cultures and ethnicities.
  • Experienced trainer with ability to facilitate group learning and apply interactive training techniques.
  • Reliable vehicle for travel throughout Colorado required.
  • Available for overnight travel to NPO in Connecticut required.

 

BENEFITS

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Short-term disability, long-term disability and life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Generous vacation, sick and personal time
  • Annual 401K match

 

SALARY

Full-time exempt position. Minimum starting salary $95,000, depending on competencies and qualifications.

 

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

Please direct all inquiries to Amanda Fixsen via email at afixsen@iik.org

Please submit cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references electronically prior to deadline of July 31, 2020.

The start date for this position will be January 2021.

 

IIK is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to building a diverse workforce. IIK strives to create an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives. It is the policy of IIK to prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation, or disability.

For more information about Invest in Kids, please visit www.iik.org

 

 

Employment Opportunities at Child First Affiliate Agencies

The Village for Families and Children, Hartford, CT
Family Support Specialist
Summary: The Village is in search of a dynamic Family Support Specialist to provide intensive home-based case management services to children and families in collaboration with a Clinician.  Services provided are in collaboration with DCF, schools, pediatricians, and other community-based providers.  The team will be responsible for weekly reflective group supervision and maintaining documentation according to licensing, accreditation, Medicaid, and Child FIRST requirements.  Purposes of services are to facilitate the attachment relationship between the child and caregiver, improve family functioning overall, and connect the child and family with the community and community service providers in a positive way. There is expected consultation and coordination care with medical and Psychiatric providers if appropriate. Must maintain productivity targets determined by the Scope of Service and remain current on all model training requirements.  For more information, visit The Village website here.

 

Child Guidance Clinic for Central Connecticut in Meriden, CT
Clinician
Summary: The Child Guidance Clinic is searching for a dynamic Clinician to provide intensive home-based services to children and families in the Child First Program. The children served range in age from prenatal to six years old. Services provided include attachment-based dyadic therapy, parenting skills training, crisis support, extensive case management, and advocacy. Child First operates from a team approach and consists of a Clinician and Care Coordinator, both of whom participate in sessions and provide treatment to families. The Clinician participates in weekly reflective individual, team and group supervision and is responsible for maintaining clinical documentation according to licensing, accreditation and Child First requirements. Services provided are in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), schools, pediatricians, and other community-based providers. Interested candidates should e-mail resume to lnetter@cgccentralct.org or contact Leeora Netter, Clinical Director, at (203)235-5767 x. 3045 for more information.

 

Child First/ Kids First, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Mental Health Developmental Clinician
Family Resource Partner

Summary: 
Kids First is in search of two dynamic individuals to fill the positions of a Mental Health Developmental Clinician and a Family Resource Partner. 
The Child First Mental Health and Developmental Clinician works with the Family Resource Partner to engage families who are referred to the Child First home-based intervention, with the primary focus of strengthening the caregiver-child relationship, so that it serves both as a protective buffer to unavoidable stress and directly facilitates the child's emotional, language, and cognitive growth. The Clinician uses trauma-informed CPP, a relationship-based, dyadic, parent-child treatment model, which focuses on the primary attachment relationships of the young child.

The Family Resource Partner collaborates with the Clinician in the crucial role of stabilizing the entire family system, while the Clinician provides psychotherapeutic caregiver-child intervention to facilitate and enhance this critical relationship. For more information on both positions, refer to the job descriptions below. 
Interested candidates should contact, Rhonda Morris, at 252-338-5658.

PDF icon Mental Health & Developmental Clinician Job Description 5.18.18.pdf    PDF icon Family Resource Partner Job Description 5.18.18.pdf

 

Child First/Easter Seals UCP North Carolina 
Child First Therapist
Summary: Child First is seeking to fill the position of a full time therapist in Greenville, North Carolina. The selected candidate will engage with children and families in their homes for the duration of treatment/therapy. In addition, s/he will provide Child First home-based psychotherapeutic intervention with young children and their caregivers using relational, dyadic psychotherapy (CPP) and other modalities. See the attached job description for more details.
PDF icon ChildFirst Clinician Easter Seals UCP North Carolina.pdf