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Family Advocate - Early Learning Programs 

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About Us:

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Cleveland has been selected for the fourth year in a row as one of “The Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces”. As one of the largest comprehensive health and human services organizations in the region, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland carries out Christ’s healing mission here in Northeast Ohio. Catholic Charities delivers more than 150 services at 60 locations to over 400,000 individuals each year – providing help and creating hope for people of every race and religion throughout the eight counties in the Diocese of Cleveland (Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne).

Program Statement:

The Early Learning Programs (formerly Head Start) support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from age 3 to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Early Learning Program services are responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Job Summary:

Under direct supervision, is responsible for working with families to assess their needs and to assist in meeting the needs of the program objectives; responsible for Social Service and Parent Involvement in the Head Start site.

Responsibilities:

  • Under direction, ensure that the activities of this position and relevant programs are consistent with the mission, vision, and values of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.
  • Participate in the recruitment and enrollment of children for the Head Start Program.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork in compliance with the Head Start program, including weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports.
  • Maintain thorough, accurate and up-to-date social service, health records and database on all Head Start families.
  • Track, monitor and report child attendance daily. Contact families and document reason for absence when children are absent without prior notification.
  • Act as an advocate for families and children in the Head Start program.
  • Conduct home visits, interview families to assess their needs, plan and develop with the parents an individual family plan. When appropriate make referrals to other services.
  • Assist parents in strengthening the family’s knowledge of health and nutrition including integrating health and nutrition education into the program, coordinate other staff and parents regarding health screenings for family members, and provide information and referrals if necessary.
  • Recruit, train, and schedule parent volunteers as necessary.
  • Assist parents to strengthen their knowledge of community resources and support parents in problem solving.
  • Work with parents to strengthen the family’s knowledge of child development, including assisting parents to understand how children grow and learn.
  • Plan and conduct child education activities with the parents that meet the child’s intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and training as scheduled.
  • Coordinate transportation for parents to meetings and workshops as necessary.
  • Assist teaching staff in maintaining staff/child ratios as needed.
  • Compile information for reports as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.
 
Position Requirements
  • Combination of education and experience normally represented by an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Child and Family Development, Psychology, or related field preferred.
  • 1-3 years of experience in social service or community action preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in child development, the principles of child health, safety, and nutrition.
  • Medical statement signed by physician or certified nurse practitioner required.
  • Must be familiar with adult learning principles and family dynamics.
  • Must be able to effectively and productively work with people of very diverse economic, cultural and administrative background.
  • Must have knowledge of community resources and the skills to link families with appropriate agencies and services.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to complete tasks to meet required deadlines.
  • Must be skilled in communicating with and motivating people.
  • Must act as an advocate for Head Start throughout the community.
  • Must be well organized, detail oriented, and have the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must have valid Ohio Driver’s License and reliable means of transportation for local travel.
  • Final applicant is required to be fingerprinted to complete background check.

An Equal Oppotunity Employer

 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range  
Number of Openings 1  
Req Number EAR-18-00031  
About the Organization As one of the largest comprehensive health and human services organizations in the region, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland carries out Christ's healing mission here in Northeast Ohio. Catholic Charities delivers more than 150 services at 60 locations to nearly 400,000 individuals each year - providing help and creating hope for people of every race and religion throughout the eight counties in the Diocese of Cleveland (Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne).  
Comapany Name Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland 

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