Employment Opportunities - Root for Kids

Employment Opportunities

Be a Part of a Team That Makes a Difference

Root for Kids is a non-profit organization located in Southern Utah that provides support for children and families in need of extra care. Since 1993, Root for Kids has provided over 16,000 families with the extra help they need to navigate challenges and ensure that every child in our community has the skills they need to excel in school and in life. We help provide education and nurturing support to create an environment for optimal growth and development for each child.

Early Head Start Family Support Specialist

Root for Kids seeks a dynamic individual to provide instructional and developmental activities for children birth to three, pregnant women and their families in home-based and group settings.

  • Full-time, somewhat flexible hrs.
  • May require some evenings or a Saturday.
  • Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, personal/sick, paid vacation & holidays. 403(b) retirement option with employer match.
  • Continuing education assistance for a related degree.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
  • CDA or Associate degree in early childhood development or related field required.
  • Experience in conducting home visits and the ability to build strong partnerships with families a plus.
  • Requires good communication skills and basic computer skills.
  • Responsible for conducting ongoing assessment of children’s development and follow up on health requirements for children and pregnant women as indicated.
  • Responsible to assist families in accessing community resources. There is a significant amount of paperwork and some data entry required.
  • Applicants must pass a background check with fingerprints.
  • Will need reliable transportation to conduct home visits with employer paid mileage.
  • Requires full mobility and the ability to speak clearly and hear, with accommodations made for those with disabilities.
  • Starting wage from $15.00 per hour

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Root for Kids seeks a dynamic, self-directing individual for the position of Speech-Language Pathologist to join our Early Intervention team providing services to infants and toddlers and their families in individual and group settings.

  • Full-time, some-what flexible hrs.
  • Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, disability, HSA or FSA, PTO, paid vacation and holidays, as well as a 403(b) retirement option with a generous employer match. Student loan payment assistance available
  • Requires a license to conduct Speech/Language therapy in the State of Utah, with a license in Arizona a plus. Root for Kids can provide supervision for obtaining CCCs.
  • Requires the ability keep accurate and timely records, and good computer skills including data entry.
  • Applicants must be legal to work in the US and pass a background check with fingerprints.
  • Must adhere to required health evaluations and immunizations, including COVID vaccination.
  • This position needs a person who is fully mobile, able to speak and hear clearly and able to lift up to 20 lbs.
  • This is a home visit program that requires reliable transportation and a valid driver license to travel to home visits.
  • $25.00-$35.00 per hour depending on experience.

To apply, please email your resume and employment application to mclayburn@rootforkids.org or pick up an application at our site located at 2044 S Mesa Palms Drive – St. George, UT 84770.

PAT/TANF Bilingual Family Support Specialist

Root for Kids seeks a bi-lingual (Spanish) individual to provide instructional and developmental activities for children birth to three, pregnant women and their families in home-based and group settings. Full-time, $14/hour. Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, personal/sick, paid vacation & holidays. 403(b) retirement option with employer match. Continuing education assistance for a related degree. Must be able to set personal and professional boundaries, and adhere to ethics including honesty, confidentiality, flexibility, resiliency, time management, and dependability.

Successful candidates will have the following skills:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of infant/toddler and child development, and an understanding of how health, safety and nutrition impact child development.
  • Recognize the importance of family support and parenting education in child development.
  • Be able to build professional partnerships with families while supporting the distinctive qualities of each family.
  • Understand the factors that strengthen families.
  • Have strong communication skills.
  • Have good computer skills.
  • Minimum of an associate degree in early childhood development or related field preferred.
  • Pass a background check with fingerprints.
  • Requires full mobility and the ability to speak clearly and hear, with accommodations made for those with disabilities.
  • Valid driver license and reliable transportation for home visits required.

Job duties include:

  • Conduct initial and ongoing screenings of enrolled children in all domains.
  • Assess family needs, barriers, strengths and support systems as part of collaborative goal setting.
  • Observe and record observations of child’s developmental skills and share observations with parents.
  • Protect against child abuse by recognizing the signs of child abuse and neglect, maternal depression, domestic violence and substance abuse.
  • Incorporate nutrition and physical activity into all program components and try to actively involve parent in child health screens and immunizations.
  • Support parents in identifying and designing safe physical environments
  • Respond to a family crisis by connecting families to support and resources.
  • Help families overcome barriers to accessing resources by discussing their uncertainty, providing language translation and specific contact information.
  • Monitor program attendance and address barriers to participation with families who are not keeping visits or attending activities.

If you have any questions, contact us at employment@rootforkids.org or call Root for Kids (435) 673-5353 x122.

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