Agency Summary

OPI is a low barrier, housing first emergency shelter for women and families experiencing homelessness. Our program focuses on helping clients secure permanent housing as the first step towards achieving self-sufficiency. We serve both the chronically homeless and those experiencing an acute housing crisis, with priority given to those at greatest risk. The shelter provides a safe, supportive environment where clients’ basic needs for food, water, and safety are met. We work with each client to develop a personalized case management plan to help them find housing, increase their income, and achieve financial stability. We also connect them to community resources so that they have long term tools available to maintain their financial stability. As a family first, trauma informed care organization, we are committed to tackling homelessness with respect, honesty, and courage.

Position Summary

The homeschool support specialist (HSS) is in charge of ensuring that school aged children enrolled in e-learning program who are residing at the shelter have their educational needs met. They will be available to provide technology support and offer homework/class work assistance to children with substantive questions about their lessons. They will also plan age appropriate enrichment activities for elementary, middle, and high-school students. This is a temporary, contract position that will remain open until schools and day cares re-open.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in education, child development, or a related human services field. Proven skills/knowledge in working directly with children and families. Proven ability to quickly build trust/rapport with adults/children; listen effectively, adapt, problem-solve, manage multiple projects, prioritize, work with people of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds/orientations, and research/analyze information.

Essential Duties and Core Responsibilities

  • Understand the e-learning platforms and be able to trouble shoot technology related problems in accessing content and utilizing these tools.
  • Be available to help students with coursework and to help parents with teaching techniques.
  • Work with parents to develop a homeschool schedule that works for their family.
  • Research age- appropriate research activities for parents to engage with their children at the shelter.
  • Lead one-on-one and small group engagement activities to promote parent involvement and child focused, active learning for elementary, middle school, and high-school students.
  • Provide supervision for elementary, middle school, and high school students as needed.

Hours

20 hours per week. Flexible Hours. Weekend and evening work may be needed to support enrichment activities.

Location

305 Lovejoy Rd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. Research and planning activities can be done at home.

Responsible To

Family Services Coordinator