Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in Family Network on Disabilities. Our current employment opportunities are listed below. If you’re a team player who wants to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families of children with disabilities, then contact us today. You can call us at (727) 523-1130, fax your resume to (727) 523-8687, contact us via email. Completed applications can be sent to the fax number above or emailed to employment@fndusa.org

Family Network on Disabilities Now Hiring- Part-Time Parent Trainer 20 Hours

Family Network on Disabilities (FND), through our PEN (Parents Education Network) project, is now hiring a part-time Parent Trainer at 20 hours a week. 

Job description

Parent Education Network (PEN), Florida’s South/Central Florida Parent Training and Information (PTI) that serves Monroe up to Indian River County on the east coast and Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk & Okeechobee Counties, has an opportunity for you to join its regional team. We are seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) team member in the Miami-Dade area that is knowledgeable about Florida’s Early Intervention (birth through 3), Early Learning, and K-12 Public Education systems and who support cultural diversity, belonging, and inclusion for students with disabilities. The right candidate will be effective in providing training to adult learners and in being a collaborative partner with others in various systems for children, youth, and young adults (0-26) with disabilities. We hope you will consider applying to join this dedicated, passionate team!

Position Summary: A Parent Trainer’s role is to provide seamless support to families by providing pertinent information to guide and educate families in assessing choices and making decisions regarding their child with educational needs. Parent Trainers will document and evaluate the quantity and quality of programming delivered and professionally represent PEN. The Parent Trainer provides evidence-based informational resources, training, one-to-one support, as needed, and facilitates collaborative partnerships with local, regional, and state nonprofits, for-profit and government entities, and their representatives for system change.

About PEN: The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funds Parents Offering Parents Information and Networking (PEN). PEN provides PTI services from Lake to Monroe county. These PTI services help ensure that parents of children with the full range of disabilities have the training and information they need to prepare their children for school and lead productive, independent lives to the fullest extent possible. The purpose of the program is to ensure through collaboration that individuals have full access to family-driven support, education, information, resources, and advocacy and to serve families of children with disabilities, ages birth through 26, who have the full range of disabilities described in section 602(3) of IDEA. Also, PEN Parent Trainer is either related to someone with a disability or are parents of a child with a disability, bringing a unique understanding and empathy to their position.

Responsibilities Primary duties include: This remote working position typically is a 50/50 split of time working in the community in the counties that will be assigned, and online virtual support giving webinars on Facebook Live and other platforms. Currently, due to COVID-19, we are working virtually however, we will return to in-person support some time in Spring of 2021 as advised by local, state, and federal guidelines.

  • Weekly opportunities for training and assistance to parents, professionals, and self-advocates on the educational system related to IDEA, the Individual Disabilities Education Act.
  • Provide specific information about rights, procedures, and resources to assist the disabled, their parents, other family members, or representatives.
  • Physical setup of in-person or virtual workshops, conferences, or resource information fairs.
  • Data reporting
  • Participate in outreach activities such as community resource fairs.
  • Under the Program Director’s guidance, sit on committees, councils, and other community meetings. Collaboration with educators and professionals and other community agencies who provide exceptional education, early intervention, transition, and related services.
  • Assist with the distribution of materials to individuals requesting information or inquiring about training opportunities.
  • Direct support in the development of Individual Education Programs (IEP) and Individualized Family Service Plans. (IFSP)
  • Attend required programs and all staff meetings and training and workshops and assigned state and national professional development events.

Required Qualifications: A qualified candidate must:

  • Pass a background check.
  • Preference is given to a parent/guardian or a family member of a person with disabilities.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Have some connections into the disability community and local groups.
  • Possess knowledge of rules and regulations regarding the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, Early Intervention, Special Education, section 504, and youth transition services. (training will be provided to fill knowledge gaps)
  • Market training opportunities to families and target audiences to encourage participation.
  • Demonstrate ability and commitment to facilitate online parent groups and webinars through program social media pages, web conferencing and related cloud-based platforms.
  • Possess excellent organizational skills, be able to manage their time, and meet deadlines working independently in a remote environment while communicating with the program director.
  • Have strong customer service skills. Be able to communicate with people of all demographics. (written and verbal communication skills)
  • Have experience with public speaking and facilitating parent group conversations
  • Traveling as needed for company events and training. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • Have strong computer skills, proficiency with cloud-based Google Suite and Google Apps (File Storage, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms)
  • Preference is given to those with an AA or AS degree in a relevant field (Social Work/Human Services, Education, Program Management, etc.) or two years related work experience instead of a degree.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: From $16.50 per hour

COVID-19 considerations:
We are not traveling in person until Oct, 1st 2021

Please email your application to joe@fndfl.org