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Wellness Navigator - Family Support Services (FSS) in Santa Barbara 

Category Family Support Services  

The Position

The Family Support Services (FSS) program is growing and we are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team! Family Service Agency (FSA) contracts with Cottage Hospital and local health clinics to provide supportive services to families with young children ages 0-3. Parents and children who experience Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) are at heightened risk for toxic stress that interfere with wellness. The Wellness Navigator will work collaboratively with a Health Promotion team and will partner with families to further assess developmental and social and emotional health issues. Using the Protective Factors Framework, the Wellness Navigator will equip families with the skills and knowledge needed to overcome sources of stress, strengthen resilience, and lessen the impact of ACEs through trauma informed interventions and support. The Wellness Navigator may be located at health clinics in the community and provide services as needed in the home, community, and health care setting.

Working with those impacted by trauma can be fulfilling and meaningful, yet simultaneously challenging, requiring attention to one's self-self-care. FSA strives to be a trauma-informed and resilience-oriented organization, actively identifying and employing methods to support staff to embody a healthy and sustainable balance of care for others and themselves.

Sample of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Educate families on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and use the Protective Factors Framework to guide appropriate trauma-informed interventions.
  • Lead the process of engaging, interviewing, and assessing families with children ages 0-3 to decrease sources of stress and to promote resilience and family wellness.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team and serve as a liaison between families, health care providers, and community-based organizations.
  • Support families through a trauma informed approach by providing brief, focused prevention and services and ongoing care coordination.
  • Use assessment skills and screening tools in collaboration with families to promote protective factors and access community resources.
Position Requirements

Employment Standards:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Education, or related field is required.
  • A minimum of one year experience working in health care or community settings providing services to children and/or families is required.
  • Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English and Spanish required.
  • Must have the ability and desire to provide services that are relevant to the culture of the family.
  • Ability to function effectively as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, including primary care and behavioral health providers, patients, and family members.
  • This position requires the following vaccinations and Tests: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Varicella, Tdap, Seasonal Flu Vaccine, TB Test.

Classification, Hours and Pay Rate:

  • This position is part-time with the potential for full-time opportunities. (Limited benefits, 403(b) retirement plan, sick, and vacation time available for part-time positions.)
  • Pay starts at $19.50/hour


Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position Wellness Navigator - Family Support Services (FSS) in Santa Barbara  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number FAM-20-00033  
Location Santa Barbara (Administration)  
About the Organization Family Service Agency (FSA) has long been regarded as one of Santa Barbara County's most reliable and effective nonprofit human service organizations. Our mission is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and diversities, helping to create and preserve a healthy community.

We are committed to providing services where they are needed most: in the community. Eighty percent of our services are delivered on school campuses, at community centers and in clients' homes. Our programs, which serve more than 25,000 people annually, combine clinical expertise, bilingual and bicultural staff, and close collaboration with other agencies. At FSA, all services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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