Family Services Employment Opportunities

The Child Development Council is seeking TWO outstanding individuals to implement an innovative new approach in partnering with families to promote parenting success and family stability.

The Family Support Specialist will provide a high level of individualized, participate-led support to families participating in Family Treatment Court, Preventive, or Family Assessment Response through the Department of Social Services. Program services are delivered through regular home visits and include prenatal and parenting education, child development information and assessments, informal emotional support and crisis intervention, goal planning and connection to community resources.

Qualifications: A qualified candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree with a background in human services, early childhood education, or a related field. A reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and ability to travel within Tompkins County and to neighboring areas are also required.


Firm understanding of issues relating to pregnancy, infant and toddler development, parenting, and family dynamics required.

Home visiting experience and knowledge of substance abuse disorders, domestic violence, and child welfare are highly desired.

Applicants must be able to think on their feet, have sound decisions making skills, enjoy young children and understand their development, recognize the realities of parenting, and appreciate families of all design.

Compensation is based on education and experience with a hiring salary range of $30,000- $34,000, plus an additional $5,000 in cafeteria benefits. Positions are full time; 35 hours per week.

Supportive, family-friendly environment with a shared commitment to provide excellent services to families and the community. Click here for a full job description.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Melissa Perry, Family Services Director, at or to the Child Development Council, 609 West Clinton Street, Ithaca NY, 14850.