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Family Support Specialist- Lompoc & Santa Barbara 

Category Family Support Services  

General Description

The Family Support Services (FSS) Family Support Specialist will work collaboratively with parents, school personnel, and public and private agencies to guide families in overcoming obstacles to self-sufficiency. Guided by the Protective Factors Framework the Family Support Specialist will provide comprehensive services to families in support of a child’s lifelong learning, health, and behavior. Through advocacy, case management, parent education, and linkage to community resources, the Family Support Specialist will identify risks, promote strengths, and equip parents with the skills and knowledge needed to overcome sources of stress, strengthen resiliency, and provide nurturing environments. Services are provided in the school, home, and community setting.

Working with those impacted by trauma can be fulfilling and meaningful, yet simultaneously challenging, requiring attention to one’s 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 Specific Duties

  • Utilize assessment skills and screening tools to triage families and determine appropriate services (case management, information and referral, parent education).
  • Exhibit a working knowledge of community resources and provide appropriate referral to support access to social, educational, and health services.
  • Participate in school and program events during traditional and non-traditional business hours to conduct outreach, build relationships, and enhance service access.
  • Promote parental resilience and social connections through engagement opportunities (workshops, Parent Café, Dad’s club, etc.)
  • Provide education, resources, and developmental screening to increase parent’s knowledge of child development.
  • Conduct program outreach and represent FSA or Lompoc Unified School District at collaborative meetings and community events.


Position Requirements

Employment Standards

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in Social Work, Psychology, Education, or related field is required.
  • A minimum of one year work experience in the school or community providing services to at-risk children and/or families.
  • An ability to relate warmly and professionally to students, parents, school personnel, and community organizations.
  • Will exhibit cultural competency.
  • Will speak, read, write, and understand English and Spanish fluently.
  • Possess a valid California Drivers License, proof of vehicle insurance, and reliable transportation.


Classification, Hours and Pay Rate

  • This is a full-time position (40 hours/week), non-exempt, with benefits. There are also multiple positions available in Lompoc and Santa Barbara!
  • Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts and 403(b) retirement plan. Holiday, sick leave, and vacation accrual also offered.
  • Pay rate is dependent upon experience.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position Family Support Specialist  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number FAM-21-00008  
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.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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