JOB TITLE: Pilimakua Home Visiting Wakáŋ/Kupuna
REPORTS TO: Pilimakua Program Mgr
JOB STATUS: 0.25 FTE (Part time)
LOCATION: King County, Pierce County, and South Snohomish Area
HUMMINGBIRD INDIGENOUS FAMILY SERVICES MISSION AND VISION
Healthy Indigenous babies being born into healthy Indigenous families being supported by healthy Indigenous communities. At Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services, we believe that attachment and culture are the foundations of healthy communities and that through rematriation (Returning the Sacred to the Mother), we can heal historical trauma.
Through culturally relevant support during the perinatal period, we reduce the personal, cultural, and systemic barriers that disproportionately affect Indigenous parents while strengthening the bond between parents and connections to the community.
SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Pilimakua Family Connections Program provides Indigenous-centered services to support the physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and cultural health of the child and the whole family provided within their home and/or a community location. Our Pilimakua Family Connections Program is voluntary, free-of-cost, and offered to Indigenous families (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) with expectant babies, new babies, and young children living in King, Pierce, and South Snohomish Counties. We are centered around pili, the ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi word for connection, and makua, which is the Native Hawaiian/Kānaka Maoli tradition of parenting and caregiving as a whole generation. Our Pilimakua Family Connections Program strives to support Indigenous families in expanding our makua circles with their Home Visitor, our Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services organization, and our whole community.
The Pilimakua Home Visiting Wakáŋ/Kupuna are elders who provide cultural and experiential support and guidance to the Pilimakua Family Connections Program. Within this part-time position, the Pilimakua Family Connections Wakáŋ/Kupuna will give culturally-based advisory for the program, lead cultural child development activities during our program events, and engage in a few Home Visits each month.
- Attend biweekly Pilimakua Family Connections Program Staff meetings to provide insight and expertise to the program’s Home Visitors.
- Advise the Pilimakua Family Connections Program Manager on program development components to ensure our work stays centered in our Indigenous cultures and communities.
- Review the Pilimakua Family Connections Curriculum lesson plans for cultural sustainability.
Program Parents Groups & Event Support
- Lead cultural child development activities once a month at our Monthly Indigenous Parents Community Connection Events.
- Lead cultural activities once a month at our Indigenous Parents Groups.
Supplementary Home Visits
- Conduct Wakáŋ/Kupuna Home Visits two to four times a month. The Wakáŋ/Kupuna Home Visits will be centered around our Indigenous cultures and elder knowledge.
- Work with the Pilimakua Family Connections Program Manager to complete the required Home Visit Record and Data Entry for each home visit.
Additional Roles & Responsibilities
- Maintain Confidentiality of all records, and communications concerning the identity of Home Visiting Relatives/clients.
- Complete all reports correctly and within the appropriate time line.
- Maintain clear communication with the Pilimakua Family Connections Program Manager and other team members.
- Attend all staff meetings and training sessions as directed by the Pilimakua Program Manager.
- Keep all trainings up to date as required by contract and evidenced based practice requirements.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
- Education: Must meet at least ONE of the following requirements:
- 10+ years of cultural community and/or family-based experience
- OR, Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Social Services PLUS 5+ years of cultural community and/or family-based experience
- OR, Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Social Services PLUS 1+ years of cultural community and/or family-based experience
- 20+ years of personal and/or professional experience working closely with American Indian, Alaska Native, Kānaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian, and/or Pasifika communities.
- Skilled at building rapport with individuals and families while respecting family choice and maintaining appropriate boundaries and cultural competency.
- Experienced in working with pregnant people, newborn infants, and families with young children.
- Have knowledge and experience around Pilimakua Curriculum Themes: Indigenous Language and Culture Reclamation & Sustainability, Caregiver Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, and Child Development.
- Continuously building understanding of Indigenous culture(s) and language(s).
- Sensitive awareness of diverse cultural, socio-economic, and lifestyle backgrounds.
- Strong verbal and written communication and skills.
- Work independently with regular contact/ coordination with the Pilimakua Program Manager.
- Ability to understand and resolve complex problems.
- Ability to work with conflicting deadlines.
- Other Logistical Requirements
- Operates a personal vehicle to drive between various work sites.
- Must have access to a car, valid driver's license and insurance (mileage will be reimbursed).
- Must have a flexible schedule and supportive lifestyle to meet the needs of the program. Occasional weekend and evening work.
- Pediatric CPR/First Aid and Blood-borne certificate. Must maintain it as a condition of continued employment.
- HIPAA certification upon hire.
- Must pass a background investigation, including relevant criminal history.
Indigenous community members and those with lived experience navigating perinatal health and social welfare systems are highly encouraged to apply. We also encourage people of color, women, queer and trans/gender-nonconforming people to apply. We welcome people from all educational backgrounds to apply.
0.25 Part-Time Salary Exempt is $16,875 plus 0.25-FTE of a Monthly Health and Tech Stipend.
We are currently working remotely, with some in-person meetings in South Seattle and North Seattle. Position requires working at community events and home visits throughout King, Pierce, and South Snohomish Counties.
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit a cover letter, and resume to Chrissy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org by 11/17/23. Any questions can be directed to Chrissy @ email above. Please write “Job Application: Pilimakua Home Visiting Wakáŋ-Kupuna” in the subject line of the email.