Position Description

Project Coordinator - GRANT
Job Department/School Institute for Parenting
FT/PT/Temp Full time
Location Garden City, N.Y.
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Title Position Reports to:  Director, Institute for Parenting

Project Coordinator: Nassau County Closer to the Crib Program  - Grant


Job Summary:

The Project Coordinator provides a variety of functions related to the operation of a new Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health-informed Criminal Court model, Closer to the Crib, a collaboration between the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting and  the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. The model includes a comprehensive relationship-based Mental Health assessment of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parent(s) and family needs. This includes the development of an individualized family case plan based on the assessment as well as the procurement and coordination of needed services to promote family stability and infant and early childhood well-being.

Responsibilities & Duties

Provide the following services:

Develop and maintain linkages with community organizations and government systems serving 0-5 year olds and families

Screen and assess the development and social emotional status of all 0-5 year olds in the program

Screen and assess caregiver and family needs in the program

Develop individualized family service plans in collaboration with other Institute for Parenting staff and the District Attorney

Provide facilitated referrals, coordinate collateral contacts, and track referral status

Schedule and organize monthly infant/family focused team meetings for each case

Inform all parties involved with the case of meeting schedules

Prepare necessary reports based on assessments and progress

Attend court hearings as requested and needed

Participate in meetings of steering committee

Assist with data collection and participate in program evaluation

Continually scan for organizations that serve infants and families

Cultivate relationships with collaborative partners who provide effective evidence-based services and family supports

Work towards continuous improvement of the Closer to the Crib program by conducting an ongoing informal needs assessment to ensure that the needs of all participants in the program are being met


Provide Leadership and assistance in the overall implementation of

Clinical assessment and screening for referral and service plan recommendations

Collect data to be examined in aggregate for the overall evaluation of the program

Ensure that all documentation related to the provision of assessments are completed in accordance with established policies and procedures and all records of assessments are accurately maintained in a timely manner

Develop a manual of policies and procedures needed to run the Closer to the Crib program and for potential replication of the program

Ensure ongoing assessments and screenings take place in a timely manner, including initial assessments and 6-month follow-up measures

Score measures and complete reports related to each of these assessments and observations

Develop an Advisory/Services Committee for/with Institute for Parenting staff and Executive DA

Use ongoing assessment/follow-up results to suggest recommend changes in services or treatment plans as indicated

Assist in the development of quality assurance system

Participate in the development of appropriate data collection tools and intake procedures

Work as part of team and handle other program planning, development, administrative, marketing tasks as needed

Perform other job related duties as assigned


Excellent interpersonal, written, and clinical assessment, screening and program evaluation skills

Ability to network with appropriate university academic and administrative offices

Ability to network with appropriate community agencies and licensure bodies

Computer system proficiency (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet)

Ability to deal courteously and effectively with students, staff, faculty, and clients

Ability to maintain confidentiality

Ability to multi-task while effectively planning and organizing work activities

Ability to work independently, exercising good judgment and reasoning in the performance of evolving job duties, while being an effective team member

Have a strong sense of professional ethics and responsibility

Ability to supervise staff as well as work cooperatively and support team collaboration

Experience with systems change and community building

Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

The ability to develop and maintain databases


Educational/Experience Requirements:

Master’s degree (or higher) in social work, psychology, child development or related field

Experience/interest in working with young children and families

Experience/interest in infant mental health including attachment theory and research

Experience/interest in infant and early childhood development

Experience/interest in trauma and trauma-informed interventions

Knowledge of local infant/family serving systems and organizations including Early Intervention, Early Head Start, home visiting programs within Nassau County

Ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary practitioner group

Ability to engage and support court-involved parents

Experience/interest in program development, implementation and evaluation

Bilingual Spanish speaking preferred


Adelphi University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination regarding all educational, student programs and employment actions and further commits not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of an individual's race, creed, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.