Children’s Program Coordinator

SafeHaven of Tarrant County’s mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. SafeHaven formed in 2006 through a merger of Women’s Haven and The Women’s Shelter. SafeHaven’s two emergency shelters, one in Arlington and one in Fort Worth, accommodate a combined 174 women and children, making SHTC one of the largest shelters in Texas.

Children’s Program Coordinator – Arlington Shelter

Summary: Effectively facilitate provision of services related to the children’s program SafeHaven’s emergency shelter. Serve as the primary point person for issues related to the children’s program at designated shelter.
Major Responsibilities:
• Work collaboratively with coordinator team to provide site management at residential shelter
• Ensure implementation of appropriate service planning for child clients
• Develop group content and identify programmatic strategies designed to meet the emotional, educational, and physical needs of the children residing in the shelter
• Oversee and ensure the facilitation of regularly scheduled support groups for children and parenting groups for adults
• Conduct individual interviews with mothers/children for intake and case management related to children.
• Evaluate child clients and develop appropriate service plans.
• Plan and facilitate educational support groups for children in age-appropriate groups.
• Attend weekly case review to give/receive client information.
• Ensure the completion of case management sessions and forms with adult and child clients.
• Ensure child’s enrollment/participation in onsite/public school. Maintain communication with ISD staff and social workers as needed.
• Assess the need for CPS involvement based on guidelines established by Texas Family Code.
• Develop and implement therapeutic activities for children from violent homes.
• Plan and implement daily activities for shelter summer program, holiday events and field trips.
• Provide appropriate intervention for children who have suffered extreme emotional stress and may display emotional and/or physical acting out behaviors.
• Follow directives from immediate supervisor inside agency established guidelines to administer only age-appropriate disciplinary techniques. (e.g. warning system, time out, removal of privileges)
• Train, schedule and supervise program volunteers.
• Supervise the upkeep and improvements needed on the shelter playground and & all other Children’s Program areas.
• Develop and maintain positive relationships with community groups & organizations.
• Maintain accurate and timely records, reports and time sheets.
• Attend all required meetings.
• Conduct Children’s Program staff evaluations in a timely manner.
• Plan and facilitate Children’s Program special events such as: Camp Heart, Baseball Camp, Summer Camp, Holiday Gift Exchange and Fall Carnival.
• Hire, Train and supervise Children’s Program Staff
• Responsible for recommendations related to the development and revision of program policies, procedures and program manual
• Monitors file documentation and CRMS input.
• Must be available to work flexible hours.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Residential Services.

Minimum Requirements: Requires Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field with appropriate coursework related to Early Childhood Development, Psychology or related field and previous experience working with children. Must have one year of supervisory experience. Must demonstrate understanding of the dynamics of family violence and its effects on children. Knowledge of crisis intervention, support group facilitation and case management important.