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Program Assistant, Family Support Services

Assisting Families of Inmates

The Program Specialist position plays a critical role in helping AFOI achieve its vision to provide high-quality programs in areas of family reunification and reintegration. This position will staff an innovative program for mothers who are incarcerated at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women (VCCW) in Goochland, VA. This position will be responsible for facilitating strong, reunifying bonds between incarcerated mothers and their children, preparing them for successful parenting and connections upon release and reintegration into their family, home and community.

Primarily, the Program Specialist will work at VCCW on Saturdays and/or Sundays from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

· Provide high quality care to incarcerated mothers and their children in a secure correctional environment.
· Lead programming efforts with participants based on assigned curriculum and program standards.
· Assist participants with meal preparation, activities, set-up/clean-up, etc.
· Teach parenting skills to participants and help them to learn about appropriate child development.
· Follow directives from correctional staff in maintaining security of the facility and safety of participants and staff.
· Participate in training to understand facility and program requirements.
· Utilize a trauma-informed approach to working with participants.
. Weekly curriculum preparation and case reporting.
· Light set-up and cleanup work before and after programmatic hours.
· Other related duties as assigned.

Virginia Correctional Center for Women, Goochland, VA
AFOI Office, Richmond, VA

Required Qualifications:
- Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or human services with direct client experience; Master’s degree preferred AND/OR relevant criminal justice, corrections experience that includes exposure to parenting and reentry programming. - Applicants must submit to, and pass, a complete background screening – to include VCIN/NCIC and fingerprinting - for the Virginia Department of Corrections. - Applicants must have extensive experience with children, parenting skills, trauma-informed practice, child development, and caregiving. - Applicants should be familiar with the criminal justice system. - Applicants should be able to thrive in a rapidly evolving environment, responding and prioritizing as needed. - Applicants must have experience working with diverse populations; a belief in diversity, inclusion, and belonging; and the ability to relate well to people/stakeholders both inside and outside of the organization. - Applicants must have reliable transportation to get to and from work and training sites.
How to apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume via email to EMAIL SUBJECT LINE – FRH PROGRAM SPECIALIST. Applicant deadline – OPEN UNTIL FILLED, ROLLING INTERVIEWS.
Programming, Social Work
Posting Organization:
Assisting Families of Inmates