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Family Advocate 

Category Social Services  
Description

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Primary responsibilities: To enroll eligible children and families in the Head Start/Early Head Start program and maintain center enrollment. To build professional helping relationships with families in order to develop family support plans that help families towards increased self-reliance and healthy interdependence. To ensure that Families' strengths and needs are assessed and that appropriate referral and follow-up services are provided.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Work with Childcare Resource & Referral to obtain referrals of prospective eligible children and families.
  2. Recruit children/families, interview applicants, complete applications and enter applications into ChildPlus.
  3. Maintain an accurate prioritized listing of eligible children waiting to enter the program.
  4. Enroll and re-enroll eligible children who have the highest priority according to the selection criteria.
  5. Maintain qualifying roster and child participation forms for USDA food program.
  6. Maintain on-going maximum center enrollment.
  7. Monitor children's attendance for excessive absences or irregular attendance.
  8. Maintain current health records on all children enrolled.
  9. Assist with screenings as needed.
  10. Work with the Head Start support staff to ensure children receive the health, mental health, and/or special needs services they may be eligible for.
  11. Gather and maintain accurate non-federal share records and other documentation of parent involvement activities.
  12. Meet with families to gather information regarding family strengths and needs and develop a family support plan that includes goals, tasks, timelines and follow-up.
  13. Provide referral to families to appropriate service providers that will help meet the families' interests and needs.
  14. Provide timely follow up to referrals and family support plans.
  15. Maintain accurate documentation of family files and family services provided.
  16. Use the Office of Head Start Parent Family Community Engagement Framework and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework as a tool to provide families will support and services.
  17. Plan and attend monthly parent meetings, workshops, trainings, and other parent engagement and literacy activities.
  18. Develop and distribute center newsletters, calendars, and flyers.
  19. Attend community inter-agency meetings to inform and update the community of services offered by Head Start and encourage collaboration.
  20. Ensure policy council representation is met for each scheduled meeting.
  21. Participate in school readiness transition committee.
  22. Advocate on behalf of ECS Head Start and the children and families enrolled in the program.
  23. Submit accurate reports as requested.
  24. Continue to pursue education and/or professional development goals.
  25. Perform other job related functions as required.

(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.)

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP:

  • This position reports to the Family Services Coordinator.
 
Position Requirements

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required; Associate degree in Social Work, Psychology, or other human services related field and experience working with populations served by the grant, expectant women and children birth through age four preferred
  • Staff hired after November 7, 2016, must have within eighteen months of hire, at a minimum, a credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field

(A comparable amount of training, education or experience can be substituted for minimum qualifications.)

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to safely transport families to appointments, Central office, etc. when necessary
  • Knowledge and experience related to child development and early childhood education; the principles of child and expectant women health, safety, and nutrition; adult learning principles, and family dynamics
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from all members of the staff and the general public with varying abilities
  • Ability to communicate with and motivate families to achieve set goals
  • Knowledge of community resources and the skills to link families, especially those coping with crisis, with appropriate agencies and services
  • Able to maintain a flexible working schedule in order to accommodate families and program activities, which include some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills, counseling skills, and empathy toward needs of parents
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and abuse-reporting procedures
  • Ability to work independently with little direct supervision
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to set up and maintain accurate records & files
  • Ability to plan and organize work as well as maintain records and prepare reports
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in fast-paced environment

LICENSES, CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATIONS:

  • Valid driver’s license automobile coverage including liability and uninsured motorist coverage in amounts of at least $50,000
  • Satisfactory Driving Record (as outlined in Vehicle Driving Policy)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

  • Works inside in a child care setting
  • Travel to multiple sites required

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS:

  • Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction)
  • Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to access file cabinets for filing and retrieval of data
  • Ability to sit at a desk and view a display screen for extended periods of time

(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)

 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Tags  
Salary Range $15.00 - $17.50 (depending on credentials)  
Travel Requirements  
Position Family Advocate  
Close Date  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Angelique Tripoli  
Number of Openings 1  
Number Filled 0  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s)  
Req Number SOC-19-00022  
Open Date 4/25/2019  
Location Gainesville EHS Center  
About the Organization Episcopal Children's Services is a recognized leader in early childhood education serving more than 50,000 children and their families in seven counties in Northeast Florida - Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St John's. In addition, ECS recently became the new Head Start/Early Head Start grantee in Marion, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, and Citrus counties and the Early Head Start grantee in Gainesville. As a result, we now serve another 1,500 children and their families in these areas.

ECS uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn. Our talented, dedicated teachers and staff work proactively with children from birth to age five and their families to build a strong educational foundation. It is a "whole" child approach - helping kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.
 
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently not accepting applications.

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