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For over thirty years, Southwest Human Development, a non-profit organization, has been reaching out to children and families in Arizona with comprehensive and innovative early childhood services.  From small beginnings – a staff of six serving 175 children and families – Southwest has grown into the state’s largest early childhood provider with a staff of 800 serving 135,000 children and families each year.  Throughout this growth we have remained true to our mission.




At Southwest Human Development we strive to give all children an optimal start in life with opportunities for a bright and positive future.  Several decades of research clearly demonstrate that each child’s earliest experiences and relationships establish the foundation for all future development – intellectual, social, emotional, physical and behavioral.  A child who starts life and school with a healthy foundation is at a distinct advantage.  We at Southwest Human Development are committed to creating a positive future for all young children.




We are seeking a Family Support Specialist for out In-Home Services department.  Our In-Home Services program provides intensive, supportive in-home services for families referred by Child Protective Services.  Each family is assigned a team of a counselor, family support specialist, and nurse.

Services include crisis intervention, parenting skills training, child development education, assessment of the safety of the children, and counseling for such issues as domestic violence, drug abuse, mental illness, underdeveloped coping skills, relationship problems, and poor communication skills.


Position is offered full-time with an excellent benefits package as noted below.  Southwest Human Development is an equal opportunity employer.


“Best Places To Work” & “Healthiest Employers” Awards:


For the sixth consecutive year, Southwest Human Development was voted one of the Valley’s 2013 “Best Places to Work” among large-sized companies. The survey, independently administered by the Phoenix Business Journal and Quantum Workplace, looks at employee life, workplace environment, leadership, culture of the organization and management practices.


Southwest Human Development has also been awarded the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2013 “Healthiest Employers” award for the second year in a row among mid-sized companies. This survey ranks applying organizations based on responses to questions in a number of categories, as well as scoring and benchmarking developed by academic, medical, wellness and business communities.  


These surveys let everyone in on something our staff already knows – Southwest Human Development is a great place to work!





Southwest Human Development offers an excellent benefits package for full-time employment to include:


Health insurance (provided at no cost to the employee)


Dental insurance


Life insurance


Employee Assistance Program (six face-to-face visits)


Vision insurance


Flexible spending account


401(k) retirement plan


Paid vacation


Paid sick time


Paid holiday


Ongoing training and professional development


Supportive, relationship-based supervision model



Job Requirements

 BA in counseling, social services, child development, or health/nursing field and strong writing skills required.


 Must have knowledge of child welfare, child development, parenting education and community resources.


 Must work well within a team.


 Must have reliable transportation to conduct home visits throughout Maricopa County.


 Bilingual English/Spanish Preferred but not required.


Valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card preferred OR must qualify for a valid Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Nonprofit - Social Services, Health Care, Education
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others No
Industry Social Services, Not for Profit - Charitable, Education - Teaching - Administration
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 02-2044
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