Communication Specialist / Maternal and Child Health
BCforward Work from Home/Remote Contractor
Communication Specialist / Maternal and Child Health remote
BCforward is currently seeking highly motivated Communication Specialist / Maternal and Child Health – remote in Indianapolis, IN.
Job Title: Communication Specialist / Maternal and Child Health – remote
Location: Indianapolis, IN 46204
Expected Duration: 12 months contract with possibility of extension
Shift: M-F : 10:30 am to 7 pm
Purpose of Position/ Summary:
The MCH MOMS Helpline serves as a call center within the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Division at the department. The focus of the position is to provide information, referrals, and resources to link mothers, pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and families to a network of services within their community. The Communication Specialist is responsible for answering incoming calls and identify the client’s barriers to accessing services and bridging the gap between families and resources.
The Communication Specialist also assists on the special project, the My Healthy Baby and Help Me Grow. This project is a statewide initiative to reduce infant mortality rates in Indiana. The Communication Specialist have been appointed to serve on the project as the Screening & Referral services for eligible, pregnant women in targets counties by contacting them directly and referring them to home visiting services and developmental screening using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.
Essential Duties/ Responsibilities:
- Requires efficiency to handle the volume of incoming and outbound calls received daily.
- Ability to make and take a numerous number of calls helping navigate families with resources and referrals within the maternal and child life cycle, accurately and thoroughly using multiple intake screening processes.
- Ability to follow-up with all clients engaged in the system, to ensure that quality is achieved.
- Develop in-depth knowledge of the existing early childhood systems, Help Me Grow IN, Home Visiting, Early Childhood, Special Education and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs programs- eligibility, referral/application processes, due process information, and related support services.
- Assist with compiling and mailing out information packets to families referred to services or screening tools, or other community-based resources, as needed.
- Sends out confirmation letter and resource information to referral source.
- Assists in maintaining filing system for all cases.
- Attends staff meetings, conferences, and workshops regularly to upgrade professional skills and understand systems and current best practices for working with mothers, children, and families.
- Works effectively as a team member and aids other staff members as needed.
- Effective communication skills needed to assess the needs of clients and direct them to the appropriate resource and referral.
- Ability to assist client submitting full Medicaid application.
- Requires knowledge of community resources and available service providers throughout the state, assisting in identifying gaps and barriers to services, and system issue trends families experience in utilizing services.
- Requires knowledge of Information and Referral (I&R) standards and utilizing the Vision Link Database.
- Assists Lead CS in producing caller data reports by reporting number of calls made and other filter such as referrals, call type, needs, providers, etc. daily.
- Required a Bachelor’s (or higher degree) Communications /Social Work or Information Technology, Education, Special Education, Home Visiting or related health or human services field.
- Must have knowledge of the nature of the social service and medical providers to whom the Helpline make referrals.
- Must have ability to develop a specialized knowledge of Information and Referral service provision, and considerable knowledge of the services available throughout the state of Indiana.
- Excellent listening skills and the ability to assess and inquirer’s situation and needs as well as use good judgment in determining the appropriate referrals are required.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to convey information effectively to both professionals and the public.
- The ability to show compassion and understanding for people with dealing with difficult situations.
- Logical thinking, good judgment, and ability to maintain composure in stressful circumstances (suicides/abuse/crisis calls) are needed.
- Must be respectful; non-judgmental; non-critical and attentive to the concerns of MCH programs and staff.
- Able to work independently and as a part of a project team.
- Able to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Able to multitask, prioritize, and be flexible.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Outlook: Power Point, Excel and SharePoint.
- Well-developed communication skill, both written and verbal.
- Experience in positions involving maternal needs, special needs or work with very young children.
- Knowledge of typical and atypical child development and special needs conditions.
- Bilingual, English/Spanish/Burmese highly desirable.