Child-Parenting Specialist Position

Division: Bureau of Housing & Development

Department: Transition In Place

Shift: 1st

Pay Rate: $35k – $50k annually

Status: Full-Time Non-Exempt

Reports to: VP of Housing & Development


Job Purpose

The overall purpose of the Child/Parenting Specialist is to provide trauma-informed, evidence-based, client-centered parenting interventions to participants enrolled in the TIP Program. They will support the parents and children in keeping families together in a safe and healthy environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide needs assessments for all children in Veteran household
  • Provide for, or refer, a developmental assessment of all children in the Veteran household and refer for interventions as needed
  • Incorporate children’s needs and goals into the household’s client-centered Individualized Stability Plan (ISP)
  • Collaborate with TIP Case Manager to identify, access, and coordinate needed child services such as: enrolling in healthcare, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), academic services, and other identified needs 
  • Assist parents with accessing concrete supports such as: household goods, food, medical, and pediatric care
  • Provide hands-on assistance and support for parents to model and promote parenting abilities
  • Provide age appropriate activities, focusing on parent/child interactions and play activities
  • Provide education on parenting topics tailored to the family such as: child brain development, developmental stages and expectations of children, self-esteem development, disciplinary techniques, daily schedules and routines, feeding, diapering, bathing and hygiene, safety, family rules, expression of emotions, health, and the prevention of risky behaviors
  • Ensure that each unit is safe and provides the basic needs for children
  • Provide Child Welfare workers with weekly case reports for all Child Welfare involved families
  • Coordinate with Child Welfare agencies to arrange visits for children in out-of-home care
  • Perform all required record keeping and paperwork
  • Attend all required meetings
  • Support goals of the Center for Veterans Issues, Inc. (CVI) by volunteering/working at events such as: Stand-down, Military and Veteran Family Day at the Zoo, Point-in-time, and the various CVI fundraisers
  • Other duties as requested or assigned

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written format
  • Attention to detail
  • Creative and flexible in assuming additional/significant responsibilities
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines & work flexible hours
  • Intimate knowledge of veteran recovery community and issues
  • Must be flexible, maintain composure in difficult situations and have a sense of humor
  • Ability to relate to and interact with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Maintain confidentiality of all participant information
  • Basic computer literacy skills in Microsoft products


  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, Master’s is strongly preferred
  • Minimum two years of experience in child services
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance (Must be able to pass a DMV records check)
  • Experience working with Veterans is preferred 
  • Experience delivering services to SUD, COD, or homeless population is also preferred

Working Conditions

General office and home environments. The working environment is generally favorable.  Lighting and temperature are usually adequate and there are little to no hazardous or unpleasant conditions. Work is performed in office and home environments with standard office equipment available. Travel will be about 75% and will mostly be local with some travel to the Racine and Green Bay areas.

Physical Requirements

Work is generally sedentary in nature and will require standing and walking for up to 40% of the time. There will occasionally be bending, lifting and carrying of up to 10-15 pounds.

Direct Reports

There are no direct reports.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.