Division Southwest Human Development
Location Main Office
Employment Type Full Time Regular Employee
Date Posted 9/27/2021
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Job Code HS-CG0514
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At Southwest Human Development we strive to give all children an optimal start in life with opportunities for a bright and positive future.  Several decades of research clearly demonstrate that each child’s earliest experiences and relationships establish the foundation for all future development – intellectual, social, emotional, physical and behavioral.  A child who starts life and school with a healthy foundation is at a distinct advantage.  We at Southwest Human Development are committed to creating a positive future for all young children.

Position Description:

Our Head Start department is seeking a Family Support Specialist to provide family development/social services to enrolled children ages birth to three and their families participating in the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership project. 

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership project creates a community continuum of integrated support for families with infants and toddlers who are experiencing a lack of adequate housing in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The project connects families with infants and toddlers to comprehensive Early Head Start services within a Child Care Partner Community Hub network. These embedded Early Head Start and child care services will raise the quality and the access to care while creating a larger system to support families on their individual journeys to sustained housing and employment. This innovative and multi-tiered community hub model offers social safety nets for families transitioning through stages of housing and workforce development.  The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership project is shaped in the context of quality child care experiences and sustained family social impacts aimed at ending homelessness for those vulnerable in our community.

Working in a classroom setting, the Family Support Specialist provides the following quality child/family services, some independently and some as part of a team:

- Manages a designated classroom site’s enrolled children and families in relationship to maintaining full funded enrollment and above 85% average daily attendance.

- Consults regularly with families to assess and prioritize strengths and needs, establish family goals and to develop specific plans for implementation, as well as coaches and mentors parents.

- Ensures that enrolled children receive the required health and nutrition services and appropriate health and nutrition follow up treatment.

- Provides families with referrals to ensure that they receive appropriate and timely services.

- Supports the facilitation of the Parent Center Committee Meetings in partnership with program parents, and aligned to Program Governance.



Position Requirements:

AA / Bachelor’s degree - Family Development, Social Services, Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Education, Interdisciplinary Studies – emphasis Early Childhood Education/Family Studies, Family Studies – emphasis Early Childhood Development or Family Development, Psychology


Related degree with at least 18 credit hours from an accredited university designating that the coursework meets or exceeds Early Childhood/Family Development/Social Work requirement 

Minimum one (1) year direct experience working with infants and toddlers and their families

Valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card OR must qualify for a valid Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card


Southwest Human Development (“SWHD”) takes the health and safety of our employees and the communities we serve very seriously. We strongly believe vaccination is a critical safety measure to protect each of us and the communities we serve.  The COVID vaccinations have proven to be highly effective at protecting people from getting COVID-19 or from getting severely ill from it.


Per the requirements of the federal Office of Head Start, all Head Start employees must be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022.

Effective October 18, 2021, all employees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to test weekly for COVID-19.



Compensation: DOE

We offer a full benefits package to all full-time employees including medical, dental, life, disability, vision, 401k, paid time off, paid holidays, and mileage reimbursement.



Southwest Human Development is an Equal Opportunity Employer.