Family Advocates
Requisition Number:2020-HS/C-015
Department:Head Start and Children's Services
Employee Type:Regular
Hours Per Week:35

Job Responsibilities:
Responsible for promoting family wellness and parent engagement programs at an assigned Head Start center serving preschoolers or Early Head Start center serving infants/toddlers in order to support the implementation of the family partnership process. Work as a liaison between classroom and home settings in the area of education, child development and mental health. Provide support, referrals, advocacy and up-to-date record maintenance for assigned families. Ensure families are full partners in their own and their children’s development and learning by helping families develop and reach realistic and achievable long and short term goals. Provide support in parent engagement and planning activities. Provide information relative to Head Start health and nutrition requirement by supporting families in completing vaccination, physical, dental and nutrition screenings and document in database system. Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time.

Job Qualifications:
Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent with one of the following: Family Development Credential, Certificate in Human Services, Social Work, Family Services, Counseling or other comparable credential, or active enrollment in AA or BA degree program. If in a degree program, degree must be obtained within 18 months of hire. Up to 12 months of experience required. Knowledge of early childhood education and intervention preferred. Ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with staff and families. Willingness to engage in ongoing staff development to expand professional skills. Knowledge of neighborhoods served by program and city-wide services relevant to the program’s population. Must be able to participate in community activities, trainings, and night meetings as needed. Frequent traveling for home visits and off-site trainings required. Must be able to regularly kneel, bend, sit on the floor, and lift and move infant to preschool age children in order to attend to their needs. Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual skills and the ability to translate as necessary preferred. Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Please note: there are forty-three (43) week school year positions and fifty-two (52) week positions available.

Location: Agency wide