We are currently hiring for the following position:

JOB TITLE: Program Specialist

JOB DESCRIPTION: Provide day-to-day programming for parents and their children

Programming includes groups and/or home visits as appropriate or required

REPORTS TO: Director of Programs


Program Coordination

  • Identifies community resources for prenatal and parenting program participants and establishes relationships with such resources
  • Develops and nurtures key partnerships to promote and evolve the YPN prenatal and parenting programs
  • Assists in data collection and reporting outcomes/successes to funders and/or key program partnerships
  • Provides staff support and/or trainings as appropriate to enhance prenatal and parenting program services
  • Assists in the enrollment process of participants into the appropriate prenatal and parenting services

Group Support

  • Works as a team member in the coordination and management of group operation including child care, transportation, food, activities and curriculum for each group
  • Comes prepared to team meetings, group work sessions, and individual meetings to share information on curriculum, needs, participant successes and barriers, etc.
  • Plan and provide specialty group experiences for families as appropriate and needed
  • Identifies community referral sources for program participants and establishes relationships with such resources
  • Contacts referrals in a timely manner so as to engage in programming services
  • Completes participant intakes in a timely manner
  • Monitors participant attendance and problem solves any barriers to attendance and any other life issue that may arise with participants and records in database appropriately
  • Updates program information with referring agencies and networks with community professionals and resource providers
  • Assists in recruiting, training and supporting volunteer group facilitators and child care providers for parenting group activities
  • Completes program evaluations and participant assessments as required and in a timely fashion
  • Provides comprehensive care coordination to participants

In-home Support (limited)

  • Delivers parent materials and resources in the home setting as appropriate/needed
  • Observes, teaches, and models appropriate parent skill development/interaction
  • Provides a safe learning environment for the parent and child

Outreach Offerings

  • Communicates with community resource spaces (Public Libraries, Community Centers, etc.) to schedule sessions and assist with participant recruitment
  • Leads identified curriculum as needed
  • Trains facilitators and volunteers as applicable
  • Prepares materials for each lesson
  • Tracks participant attendance, rewards, and outcomes
  • Collects quotes, pictures, surveys, and all other required documents; enter in database or identified tracking mechanism
  • Works as a team to plan and implement all aspects of grant requirements


  • Follows or exceeds agency standards for documentation completion with files being kept in the double locked Admin office
  • Completes accurate and timely documentation of all service activities
  • Maintains current database with participant information as required
  • Provides professional written and verbal communications including prompt response to emails, texts, phone calls, calendar requests, and calendar sharing

Responsible Work Performance Expectations

  • Practices preventative, safe work habits
  • Observes all laws, safety mandates, agency expectations, and regulations
  • Reports all injuries and incidents per agency & program protocol
  • Provides timely employment paperwork
  • Participates in required trainings as scheduled

Support Agency/Program Mission & Values

  • Interacts with youth, families, volunteers, agencies, donors, and all other visitors in a respectful, strength-based manner
  • Embraces a deep appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Provides support to services in a culturally competent manner
  • Proactively contributes to the professional development of self and team
  • Follows and models the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards as outlined in the YPN Agency Handbook
  • All other duties as assigned by agency needs

QUALIFICATION/REQUIREMENTS: Associates Degree in human services or related degree preferred plus 2 years of experience working with families; basic computer skills, data entry, people skills, lifting & hauling necessary items to and from group site, able to work normal business hours with some flexibility – Thursday evenings required – and other evenings and weekends possible.

Full Time, 40 hours per week, NON-EXEMPT STATUS

Ready to join us?

For more information about careers with YPN, please contact Meridith Myers.
Email Meridith to apply with your resume 
or call 319.364.8909


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