Program Support Teacher/Program Support Floater (Part-time)

Position Description:

The Family Center is a vibrant, nurturing, and welcoming childcare space. Infants and children are cared for in the Family Center by dedicated staff while their parents participate in life enriching programs provided on the LifeWise StL campus. Care provided in the Family Center is an essential component of adult programming, supporting families by eliminating one of the major obstacles to attendance, childcare.

Program Support Teacher will be responsible for providing educationally focused activities and play to the children/minor dependents of adult program participants. This position will also include hours as a Program Support Floater to assist in areas of high need throughout the agency. As the world adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic, adaptability, flexibility and teamwork are paramount to the functions of organizations. This role will be trained interdepartmentally to provide Early Childhood Support, Afterschool Program Support, and Front Desk Support if the need arises. Scheduled hours may fluctuate, so flexibility is essential. Family Center hours are generally Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8:30 am – 1:15 pm and Monday through Thursday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Program Support Float hours will typically follow the schedule listed above when there is low or no need in the Family Center.

The successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Qualifications:

  • At least one year of childcare experience necessary
  • CDA or AA preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish) speakers preferred and encouraged to apply
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional relationship with children and adults
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of LifeWise StL
  • Must complete Family Care Safety Registry criminal background check

Essential Functions:

  • Provide a safe, respectful, fun, learning environment for children in care.
  • Family Center operations: carry out daily classroom schedule, diapering, follow opening/closing procedures, assist in daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
  • Follow all policies at LifeWise StL as stated in the Personnel Policy and Child Care Handbook.
  • LifeWise StL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Program Support Teacher – Family Center.”

Financial Social Worker  (Bilingual Preferred)

Position Description:

We’re expanding our Economic Wellness Department! The Financial Social Worker (FSW) is responsible for providing comprehensive and independent education, and one on one coaching to participants seeking to achieve economic mobility through LifeWise StL’s wealth-building programs. This position will utilize financial social work practices and financial coaching techniques and skills to assist with goal setting, and developing a plan that will help participants overcome economic barriers. Specifically, the Financial Social Worker is striving to help participants gain economic wellness by successfully completing programs as well as supporting clients’ goals in: regularly saving, achieving greater income, reducing debt, increasing assets and net worth, while also developing financial management skills that lead to improved economic mobility. The FSW seeks to promote a culture of asset building and financial wellness among low-income communities of both native and foreign-born participants, this FSW will also partially provide services with a partner agency in Kirkwood’s Meacham Park neighborhood.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Social Work or equivalent degree required. Masters in Social Work or similar field preferred
  • One year experience in social services, particularly with one-on-one case management experience or counseling experience
  • Minimum of one year experience facilitating groups, especially psychoeducational groups
  • Basic knowledge of financial management tools and terminology
  • Able to enthusiastically facilitate discussion and connect with individuals in a group environment
  • Excellent organizational skills and detailed oriented a must
  • Excellent public speaking, written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt role as needed, especially as the project evolves
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative environment
  • Must be able to work independently and work with minimal supervision in the field
  • Provide ethical and sound judgment when advocating and servicing clients in need
  • Experience working with underserved and diverse populations; experience working with senior adults a plus
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and some non-traditional hours (evenings)
  • Basic knowledge of St. Louis social service landscape including TANF, SNAP, WIC, etc.
  • Previous experience with financial services and products a plus
  • Skilled at taking initiative, problem solving and working independently
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

Essential Functions:

  • Co-Facilitate/ Facilitate and instruct financial and wealth management education workshops
  • Provide formal intake, needs assessment, develop a S.M.A.R.T. action plan that identifies goals, barriers and next steps for the participants
  • Provide one-on-one case management, support and referrals to participants of Asset Building Programs
  • Ensure accurate, timely and complete IDA documentation and reporting guidelines set forth by the United Way and LifeWise StL
  • Update and report accurate data for the purpose of ensuring data integrity and outcome driven programming
  • Provide referrals to community partners related to consumer rights, free tax-preparation, homeownership, etc.
  • Assist with marketing, outreach, recruitment and retention of program participants
  • Participate in staff meetings, program meetings, strategic planning, and other community meetings as required
  • Attend required trainings and recommended professional development and networking opportunities to advance personal and organizational capacity
  • Provide occasional backup to other department staff, e.g. conducting additional groups during colleagues’ vacation or illness
  • LifeWise StL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers, and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.
  • Other duties as assigned

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume, cover letter and salary history to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Financial Social Worker.”

Youth Program Van Driver

Position Description:

LifeWise is searching for a part-time Van Driver for our school age youth programs.  The Driver will be responsible for picking up and dropping off youth attending the summer program.  In addition, the van driver will assist the After School Staff in providing supervision and instructional support during after-school months.

This position would be scheduled approximately 25 hours a week during after school and evening hours until end of academic year. During summer months, hours shadow those of a bus driver; the morning shift, and then return for the afternoon shift.

Requirements:

  • Missouri Class E Driver’s License (12-15 passenger van)
  • Minimum one year experience tutoring elementary school children
  • Minimum one year experience driving 12-15 passenger van
  • Must enjoy working with school age youth
  • Preferred: Bilingual English/Spanish

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter and salary history to emmapatterson@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Youth Program Van Driver.”

Early Childhood Center Assistant Teacher (Full-time or Part-time)

Position Description:

Provide care for children (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) while acting as a member of the teaching team.

Responsibilities:

  • Interact with children in a warm, positive and nurturing manner.
  • Assist Lead and Assistant Teachers in lesson planning, maintaining daily observations and daily communication with parents.
  • Follow opening and closing procedures, sharing the responsibilities for cleanliness and neatness of the classroom.
  • Carry out and assist with daily classroom procedures such as, medication distribution, diet plans, hand washing, bathroom/diapering, cleaning/sanitizing, etc.
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times.
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional growth by attending and actively participating in all service trainings (min. of 12 hours per year required), conferences and staff meetings.
  • Scheduled hours may fluctuate, so flexibility is essential.
  • Follow all policies at LifeWise STL as stated in the Personnel Policy and Child Care Handbook.
  • LifeWise STL staff partner with individual and group volunteers, who provide over 25,000 service hours to the organization annually. As such, the successful employee will work collaboratively with organizational leadership, co-workers, volunteers and colleagues from within and outside the organization to deliver and support holistic, client-focused programming.

Qualifications:

  • CDA, AA, BA or advanced degree in any field or enrolled in a CDA, AA or BA program to be completed within 2 years
  • At least 3 credit hours in early childhood education or a related field
  • Experience in working with children in a group setting
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional relationship with children and adults

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@lifewisestl.org. In the subject line, please write “Assistant Teacher.”