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Fatherhood Engagement Worker

Position Summary

The Fatherhood Engagement Worker will provide intensive home-based Father focused family services to a caseload of 12-18 families referred to SCAN by DCS or Probation in Regions 3 & 4. Using specific techniques based on male-learning styles and help-seeking behaviors provide DCS requested support to fathers of children who are involved in DCS services

Job Description

Essential Functions

·        Establish trusting relationships with fathers who are involved with DCS.

·        Conduct creative and persistent outreach (including use of face-to-face visits, attempted visits, calls, social media, and reaching out to employers, family, and friends of father).

·        Establish trusting professional relationships with DCS staff.

·        Use skills based on principles of Child Welfare Best Practice Standards.

·        Use skills based on Trauma Informed Care principles.

·        Teach appropriate self-advocacy for fathers with the DCS Child Support, CASA, and court systems.

·        Provide case management to coordinate services to the family in the most respectful and least intrusive manner.

·        Assist families with addressing both physical and mental health needs of all family members.

·        Use approved father-based curriculum.

·        Work with both custodial and non-custodial families in forming healthy attachments to their children.

·        Work with fathers to address unique issues of parenting faced by a father.

·        Link fathers to all resources needed to meet family needs.

·        Coordinate services with the Corrections Bureau or local jails when necessary.

·        Provide transportation as needed and approved by DCS.

·        Provide home safety inspections and assist to meet calls.

·        Provided office, community, or home-based supervised visitation based on DCS referral.

·        Facilitate creation of goal plans which address DCS goals as well as the family’s’ goals that may not be part of the DCS plan.

·        Assist the family in creating a genogram.

·        Provide crisis intervention 24/7.

·        Provide face to face and outreach services between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily (as needed).

·        Complete documentation of contacts within 48 hours, as guided by departmental rules. Using database and state reports.

·        Complete intake paperwork within 1st 2 face to face visits.

·        Attend all required DCS meetings and court hearings – using agency approved meeting and testimony protocols.

·        Attend state Fatherhood or Child Welfare meetings – out of town.

·        Travel within the 2 regions served by SCAN – to include western Ohio, southern Michigan, and approved areas of Indiana as directed by DCS.

·        Work as a team. Provide support and coverage for co-workers on request of management.

·        Participate in at least monthly supervision.

·        Able to work independently while at the same time being able to accept direction from management or DCS.

·        Able to use databases as well as electronic media.

·        Able to set aside own personal beliefs and promote SCAN’s beliefs as related to parenting.

·        Able to support clients’ decisions in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner.

·        Able to manage conflict.

·        Able to communicate clearly –verbally, by phone, and via written correspondence.

·        Able to coordinate with other agency professionals.

·        Participate in at least monthly team meetings.

·        Maintain files in order for other team members to be able to cover cases.

·        Independently schedule client visits, managing around client needs and caseload requirements.

·        Delivery services based on SCAN beliefs.

Other Duties

·        Performs other duties as assigned

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are require of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Qualifications (core competencies, Skills and Experience)

·        Customer Focused

·        Self-Starting

·        Goal Orientation

·        Personal Accountability

·        Flexibility

·        At least 21 years of age and able to operate a motor vehicle.

·        Able to provide transportation for both adults and children with car seats.

·        Able to travel over multiple counties in a day.

·        Ability to understand and focus on the specific needs of men. 

·        Able to use principles related to male learning styles and male help-seeking behaviors.

·        Able to be a team player – help with coverage provide support, be pro-active and solution focused.

·        Able to participate in required SCAN meetings, trainings, and fundraising activities.

·        Able to travel overnight for 1-5 days at least twice per year.


Physical Demands

·        Climb up to 3 flights of indoor or outdoor stairs.

·        Navigate hallways and small rooms.

·        Tolerate heat and cold.

·        Tolerate homes that are not clean.

·        May be exposed to bedbugs, fleas, lice, and childhood diseases.

·        Tolerate strong odors and cigarette smoke.

·        Tolerate animals including dogs, cats, snakes, lizards, birds, and livestock.

·        May be subjected to substance abuse and gang environments.

·        Able to crawl and sit on floor.

·        Able to lift child up to 50 pounds.


Expected Hours of Work

·        Some flexibility in hours is allowed, but the employee must be available between the "core" work hours of

8a.m. to 8 p.m. and must work 40 hours each week to maintain full-time status.

Required Education

·        Bachelor’s degree in human service-related field.

·        Or other degree with 2 years’ experience in Child Welfare (per DCS contract)

·        Knowledge of Child Welfare including trauma focus, helping beliefs, grief/loss, adoption, family 

·        systems preferred.

Preferred education and experience

·        Bachelor’s degree in human service-related field.

·        Or other degree with 2 years’ experience in Child Welfare (per DCS contract).

·        Previous experience working with fathers and/or couples preferred.

·        Knowledge of Child Welfare including trauma focus, helping beliefs, grief/loss, adoption, family 

systems preferred.

EEO Statement

·        SCAN, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer