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Bilingual Family Wellness Specialist in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 11/19/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-time Regular
  • Location:
    Houston, TX
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

BakerRipley provides an integrated holistic education system for families and their children ages six months through eighth grade. The Choices in Education division oversees the early childhood education programs and the BakerRipley Schools, including three community-based elementary schools, one middle school, and a “New Neighbor” school for refugee children – all of which reside within our community centers. Our holistic approach to educating the entire family allows us to create a stronger and more positive impact in the community. Both children and their parents gain access to education and broader community resources to prepare them for a successful degree and/or career.


The Family Wellness Specialist is responsible for ensuring overall health and nutrition needs of the participating families are met in accordance with the Head Start regulations. The primary duty of this position is to ensure optimum overall health and nutritional status of each client. The Family Wellness Specialist will link program participants to health and nutritional services via internal and external collaborative efforts.


  • Works with the Senior Family Wellness Coordinator and Child Nutrition Specialists to plan appropriate programming in health and nutrition.
  • Assists Sr. Family Wellness Coordinator with meeting all reporting responsibilities for Head Start requirements.
  • Provides internal monitoring of locations to ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards in content area.
  • Provides training to staff related to Head Start Performance Standards policies, procedures and processes to ensure clear understanding of contract compliance issues.
  • Ensures appropriate health screenings are completed on all children enrolled in Early Head Start/Head Start. Ensures all children are up to date on immunizations, EPSDT and other medical requirements through case management and binder reviews.
  • Works in collaboration with Student Support Services to refer children for further evaluation of health concerns as appropriate.
  • Work in collaboration with Family Development Worker to link families with any health and insurance resources throughout the community for which the family is eligible.
  • Promotes awareness of health-related issues to staff, children and parents through the distribution of materials, provision of training and nutrition activities and nutritional counseling. Encourages parent and community involvement in the health program by involving them in the development, decisions and evaluation.
  • Assists in the preparation for monitoring of the Head Start Monitoring Protocol by federal authorities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s degree preferred; Associates degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, Nursing, Public Health, or Business required or equivalent combination of education and experience required.


Minimum 1 year work related experience.


Licensed Vocational Nurse or Registered Nurse desirable.

Current State of Texas Vision and Hearing Certification or ability to obtain one within 6 months of employment.

Current CPR/ First Aid Instructors Certification or ability to obtain one within 6 months


Ability to read, analyzes, and interpret technical procedures or governmental regulations

Strong organizational skills

Ability to multi-task


Proficient in Microsoft Applications including Excel, Power Point and Word


Bilingual Spanish / English required.