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Parent Educator II

Core Competencies:

  • Total Quality Management: ensure highest quality of services which meet stakeholder needs/requirements; initiate continuous improvement; re-engineer-redesign work processes
  • Diversity/Cultural Competence: works effectively with people of different backgrounds and must be sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics
  • Set Priorities: separate the critical few from the trivial many and create focus
  • Effectiveness under Pressure: face a crisis and handle it effectively
  • Resilience: face a major roadblock and persevere to overcome it
  • Listen Actively: including paraphrasing, empathize and summarize the views of others
  • Presentation Capabilities: orally present ideas to others clearly, concisely and in a way that gets the message across
  • Writing Skills: write clearly and succinctly; get messages across that have the desired effect; use appropriate style, grammar and tone.
  • Computer Skills: Has an intermediate to advanced level of knowledge and skills with Agency’s computer software (i.e. Outlook, AWARDS, Word, etc.)

Job Summary:  A Parent Educator providers paraprofessional assistance to the EHS/Home Based program participants, including pregnant and parenting adults and children aged 3 years and younger.  The Parent Educator is also responsible for providing resources and support through educational and family development activities.

Essential Functions:  

  • Participate in initial orientation and ongoing training
  • Conduct weekly home visits to families and provide services as outlined in the service plan
  • Build and encourage constructive relationships with the families to increase their knowledge of their children’s developmental needs and ability to advocate for their family
  • Serve as a positive role model for parents to help strengthen the parenting skills of adult caregivers in the families
  • Complete initial assessments on parents and children
  • May act as mentor for newly hired Parent Educator
  • Refer parents to community resources and provide follow-up to ensure needs were met
  • Complete all required documentation by established deadlines
  • Participate in monthly activities offered for families
  • Encourage and motivate parents to attend center-based socialization activities
  • Recruit new families through positive promotion of the agency and its programs
  • Maintain confidential family files that are accurate and current
  • Participate in scheduled group and individual supervision meetings, providing progress of families and concerns
  • Complete and submit accurate weekly itineraries
  • Work cooperatively and supportively with other staff
  • Actively participate in Continuous Quality Improvement initiatives and activities
  • Maintain job-specific/core competencies
  • Other duties as assigned to achieve the mission of the Department and the Agency.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, Social Work or similar field
  • Parent Educator must be at least 21 years of age
  •  1-3 years of experience required
  • Experience in a social service setting preferred
  • Must be familiar with the ethnic background and sensitive to the cultures of families in target communities
  • Must meet Agency and DCFS driver approval standards, and have vehicle that meets legal standards for insurance, maintenance and drivability
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word required

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