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Family Advocate 

Category Family Support Services  

The Position:

The Family Support Services (FSS) Family Advocate will foster strong partnerships between Community Based Organizations, local schools, and families to support families in overcoming obstacles to self-sufficiency and will inspire confidence in guiding participants to reach chosen goals. Guided by the Protective Factors Framework, the Family Advocate will work collaboratively to provide comprehensive services to at-risk families to support the overall wellbeing and health of the family. Through advocacy, case management, family relationship education, developmental screening, and linkage to community resources, the Family Advocate will identify risks, promote strengths, and equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to overcome sources of stress and provide nurturing environments. Services are provided in school, home, and community settings.

Please note that the Family Advocate will provide most family support services remotely until further notice. 

Sample Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilize assessment skills and screening tools to triage families and provide appropriate services (case management, information, and referral)
  • Support participant goals by linking participants to educational programs and reinforcing class concepts during case management meetings.
  • Promote parental resilience and social connections through engagement opportunities        
  • Assist with food, class material, and basic needs supplies distribution as needed.
  • Facilitate workshops on topics related to parenting skills, financial literacy, etc.


Classification, Hours and Pay Rate:

  • This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week), non-exempt, with benefits. (Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts and 403(b) retirement plan. Vacation, holiday and sick leave also offered.)
  • Position available in Lompoc and Santa Barbara; please indicate your preferred location on your application.
  • Pay is dependent on experience. Starting rate is $19.25 per hour.


Position Requirements

Employment Standards:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, education, or related field required.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
  • Adaptability and flexibility with program changes.
  • Strong coordination and engagement skills.
  • Excellent analytical, computer, written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Professional attitude, teamwork, and ability to maintain confidentiality are a must.
  • Valid CA driver license and reliable transportation required.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Position Family Advocate  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number FAM-21-00001  
Location Santa Barbara (Administration)  
About the Organization Family Service Agency (FSA) has long been regarded as one of Santa Barbara County's most reliable and effective nonprofit human service organizations. Our mission is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and diversities, helping to create and preserve a healthy community.

We are committed to providing services where they are needed most: in the community. Eighty percent of our services are delivered on school campuses, at community centers and in clients' homes. Our programs, which serve more than 25,000 people annually, combine clinical expertise, bilingual and bicultural staff, and close collaboration with other agencies. At FSA, all services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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