151 Mercer Street

Employment Opportunities

Mercer Street Friends is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Candidates that wish to apply for the positions listed below should submit their resumes to Bianca Allen at hr@mercerstreetfriends.org

Job Title: Parent Educator (PE)

Full Time Position, Forty (40) hours a week with benefits

Reports To: Parents As Teachers Supervisor in the Parenting & Adult Services Division

Job Summary:

The Parent Educator (PE) working in this family focused, evidence based home visiting program is responsible for establishing and maintaining regular and long-term relationships with families aimed at providing parent support, linkages, education,  parent-child interaction information, family goal planning,  health/safety guides, and screenings

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Provides outreach to locate and engage families assigned for enrollment.
  • Provides intensive home visiting to a standard caseload of 20 families in compliance with the Parents as Teachers (PAT) Essential Requirements.
  • Assists and supports parents in identifying issues related to trauma and/or mental health concerns that may be impacting ability to parent safely and effectively
  • Provides basic parenting education to families (focused on parent-child interaction) in the home and in the community modeling healthy behaviors and interactions.
  • Provides support and instruction in basic health and life skills, e.g. prenatal care, immunizations, budgeting, etc and ensures appropriate utilization of needed health and social services. Accompanying families to appointments ensuring the proper services are being rendered both medically and socially.
  • Provides transportation, as needed to medical and social service appointments.
  • Creates, maintains and properly stores client data in the PATSYS data system as prescribed in a timely manner.
  • Complies with all program reporting and meetings required by the PAT Supervisor.
  • Meets as required with Team Supervisor for comprehensive review of current caseload
  • Reports immediately to Program Supervisor any and all suspicion of incidents of child maltreatment and other issues related to worker and/or child/family health and safety (mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence)

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience working with families who may have issues/behaviors related to trauma and/or mental health concerns.
  • Experience  working with families in a culturally diverse community and the ability to be culturally sensitive and non-judgmental
  • Experience in networking with community agencies and other resources developed for enrollment.
  • Ability to be task oriented and demonstrate behaviors that support beginning and completing a project/tasks within a specific time frame.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and writing skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and timing in situations related to obligation as a mandatory reporter of suspicion of child endangerment and maltreatment
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule that accommodates program participants.

Education Qualifications:

Minimum of a High School Diploma or GED equivalent with two years’ of previous supervised work experience with young children and/or parents or Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field (preferred)


Title: Family Support Worker (FSW)

Full Time Position, Forty (40) hours a week with benefits

Reports To: FSW Supervisor in the Parenting & Adult Services Division

Job Summary:

Healthy Families-TIP (a program of child abuse and neglect prevention). The FSW working in this family focused, evidence based home visiting program is responsible for establishing and maintaining regular and long-term relationships with families.; aimed at providing parent support, linkages, education,  parent-child interaction information, family goal planning,  health/safety guides, and screenings

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Provides intensive home visiting to a caseload of families ranging from 15 to 25 in compliance with the Healthy Families Critical Element standards.
  • Provides outreach to locate and engage families assigned for enrollment.
  • Assists families in identifying goals related to their overall health and self-sufficiency within the structure of a Family Goal Plan
  • Assist and support parents in identifying issues related to trauma and/or mental health concerns that may be impacting ability to parent safely and effectively
  • Provides basic parenting education to families (focused on parent-child interaction) in the home and in the community modeling healthy behaviors and interactions.
  • Provides support and instruction in basic health and life skills, e.g. prenatal care, immunizations, budgeting, etc and ensures appropriate utilization of needed health and social services. Accompanying families to appointments ensuring the proper services are being rendered both medically and socially.
  • Provides transportation, as needed to medical and social service appointments.
  • Creates, maintains and properly store client data in the FAMSYS data system as prescribed in a timely manner.
  • Complies with all program reporting and meetings required by the FSW Supervisor.\
  • Meets as required with Team Supervisor for comprehensive review of current caseload
  • Meets as required with caseworkers, supervisors, Resource Development Specialists at DCP&P North and South locations for review of work with shared clients
  • Reports immediately to Program Supervisor any and all suspicion of incidents of child maltreatment and other issues related to worker and/or child/family health and safety (mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence)

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience working with families who may have issues/behaviors related to trauma and/or mental health concerns.
  • Experience working with families in a culturally diverse community and the ability to be culturally sensitive and non-judgmental
  • Experience in networking with community agencies and other resources developed for enrollment.
  • Ability to be task oriented and demonstrate behaviors that support beginning and completing a project/tasks within a specific time frame.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational and writing skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and timing in situations related to obligation as a mandatory reporter of suspicion of child endangerment and maltreatment.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule that accommodates program participants.
  • Able to read and speak Spanish a plus

Education Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or GED equivalent with two years’ of previous supervised work experience with young children and/or parents or Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field (preferred)

Job Title: Program Associate – Child Hunger Programs

Division: Food Bank Accountability: Food Bank Director

Job Definition: Primary responsibility for conducting and managing the Food Bank’s child hunger programs.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Oversee and manage Send Hunger Packing (SHUP):

  • Enroll sites and secure signed Memorandum of Agreements.
  • Schedule SHUP meal pack pickups or deliveries.
  • Monitor and maintain SHUP food inventory and order food items to ensure needed food supplies are always on hand.
  • Monitor and maintain program supplies and order supplies to ensure needed boxes, bags and tape are always on hand.
  • Direct and manage volunteers who assemble the SHUP meals packs.
  • Prepare and give Send Hunger Packing picking tickets to Warehouse Operations Manager.
  • Collect monthly distribution reports from site coordinators.
  • Input data and update program data records.
  • Maintain relationships with SHUP sponsors.
  • Prepare and send invoices and level of service reports to SHUP sponsors.
  • Speak before audiences about Send Hunger Packing.
  • Attend community events to promote food collections, monetary donations and public awareness of SHUP and child hunger.
  • Maintain data files and records.
  • Prepare monthly funder reporting and grant status updates.

Oversee and manage the Supplemental Food Service Program (summer feeding)

  • Attend mandatory training by the NJ Department of Agriculture.
  • Enroll summer feeding sites.
  • Serve as primary contact between summer feeding sites and the Food Bank.
  • Create menus compliant with NJDA nutrition standards.
  • Develop vendor bid specs and secure vendor bids.
  • Train sites on how to store and serve meals and how to complete mandatory paper work.
  • Submit required newspaper/public notices.
  • Conduct first week site visits.
  • Submit meals count changes to vendor.
  • Collect weekly meal count reports from sites.
  • Complete and submit required reports to the NJ Department of Agriculture.
  • Prepare and submit reimbursement requests to NJ Department of Agriculture.
  • Participate in Administrative Review Audit with NJDA at end of program each year.

Other duties:

Be trained and able to assist a client in applying for benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Collaborate with Food Bank and MSF staff to explore, design and implement new child hunger initiatives.

Collaborate with Food Bank Director and development staff to secure funding for the child hunger programs.

Instruct and supervise volunteers who inspect sort and box donations targeted for the SHUP and other programs that reduce child hunger.

Prepare social media testimonials and program information sharing.

Manage all administrative and related clerical duties.

Other related food bank duties as assigned.

Physical and Mental Demands:
20 %  Pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, reaching, climbing stairs
10%   Driving auto
100% Writing, speaking and understanding English
40%   Standing unassisted, grasping, walking, finger manipulation and use of hand controls
100% Visual acuity, hearing memory, independent judgment, relating to others, and manual dexterity.

Lifting 20 lbs.

Hazards:
This position is considered __sedentary _x_moderately active ____ active in nature.

Equipment Used:
Computer, Photo Copier, Fax, Phone, Calculator and Camera

Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree or 3 years of relevant experience in nonprofit program management business or health and nutrition.
  • Must be highly organized, energetic and able to stay focused.
  • Ability to multitask and work under deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Possess good communication skills.
  • Must be computer literate in Microsoft Excel and Word