PAT Parent Educator: YMCA of Greater Charlotte

PAT Parent Educator: YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Under the direction of the Association Director of Family Engagement, and consistent with the Christian mission of the YMCA, the PAT Parent Educator will be the primary point of contact for a caseload of participants enrolled in the YMCA Parents At Teachers program.

The Parent Educator will work with families with children prenatal to 5 years of age, delivering the PAT Foundational Model through personal visits, group meetings, developmental screenings and health assessments.  The Parent Educator will work proactively to identify developmental delays or health concerns and increase parenting skill sets.

The Parent Educator will also coordinate referrals to services of other community agencies for these families in coordination with the Association Director of Family Engagement.


Maintain a minimum caseload of 25 families, successfully completing face-to-face visits and group meetings
Complete required documentation regarding home visits, attendance records for group meetings and other PAT events, screening summaries, and all essential records required by the program in a timely and comprehensive manner using required database software and meeting related deadlines
Complete PAT Foundational Training Prenatal to 3 Years and 3 Years to Kindergarten Entry and become qualified to administer ASQs and other developmental screenings
Support families in seeking appropriate resources based on results of screenings when needed
Actively recruit families to participate in the program and maintain ongoing community partnerships
Participate in regular, relationship-based supervision with the Senior Director of Family Engagement and engage in setting personal goals for self-development
Work alongside YD/PAT staff, including attending staff meetings, trainings and other professional development core activities
Work with families along a continuum of care by mutually assessing the needs of the family and partnering with parents to develop and implement appropriate family plans aimed at healthy self-reliance
Promote, teach and model appropriate skills needed to engage in optimal interactions with medical, school and other personnel in the community
Conduct appropriate groups to enhance parenting skills as related to child and family development; make appropriate links for child school success and adult personal growth (i.e. job skills training and enhanced education) as needed


Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and
perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to
another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.

Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an
openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field, OR minimum 5 years’ related experience
Fluent in English and Spanish
Ability to utilize skills learned from undergrad work to enhance social casework, early intervention, community services, and relationship building with families and children
A desire and willingness to work in low income communities and/or communities with special needs
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with families and adhere to required confidentiality practices
Ability and experience leading group meetings
Ability to work independently as well as on a self-directed team
Computer literacy (experience with Microsoft Office and Database systems)


Experience and/or certifications related to early childhood education or social work


Ability to work a 40-hour week with irregular work hours.
Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.
Must be able to lift and carry food and supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.
Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency

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