Post Date: 06/16/2019
Close Date: 07/26/2019
JOB TITLE: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FAMILY ADVOCATE DEPARTMENT: HEAD START REPORTS TO: FAMILY AND HEALTH SERVICES COORDINATOR This position is a based on a 40 hour work week for 42-43 weeks per program year between mid-August through beginning of June. Pay:$16.00-$17/hour and based on experience.
Knowledge of positive parenting skills, early childhood development and general principles of early childhood education and developmentally appropriate, multi-cultural, anti-bias curriculum for 3-5 year olds is required.
Child and Family Partners Certificate or Associate or Bachelor degree in social work, psychology, family studies or related field and one year of family services; or equivalent combination of education or experience and ability to complete a credential or certification in family services or related field, within a year of hire.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Basic Proficiency of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher Basic Proficiency of Outlook Mail, Calendar, and One Drive Knowledge of CHILD PLUS is preferred Direct experience working with parents is preferred
Ability to: model positive and appropriate interactions with children and other adults; work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures and communicate effectively with those whose English language skills are limited; communicate professionally with clients, families, service providers, community members and co-workers; work with sensitive and confidential information; assume a high degree of responsibility; work effectively with a wide variety of individuals and groups; work independently and in a team setting; appropriately assess and handle crises and solve problems, as needed.
-At time of hire must be currently enrolled in the Oregon Child Care Division Central Background Registry (CBR) and must be able to maintain current enrollment at all times of employment -Within 30 days of employment must attain and maintain current certification of: Adult and Pediatric CPR &b First Aid Certification Food Handler’s Card -Must complete post-offer physical exam and TB test -Must successfully complete enrollment in Oregon Child Care Registry Step Program
Neighborhood House’s Head Start program provides an opportunity for participants to learn, grow, and thrive in an environment that emphasizes parents as primary teachers, a co-operative environment between families, teachers, family advocates, home visitors, and other staff, connection to community resources, and learning through child-led play. Our program is designed to meet the needs of and to provide school readiness skills to all eligible children, including those with special needs and disabilities, so our community’s children and families are stronger for life.
This position is responsible for a case load of 40-46 participants (ages 3-5) and their families consistent with the Head Start Performance Standards and other requirements utilizing community partners, community resources, family advocate team, and supervisor, as well as nurturing the well-being of children and
implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) strategies. This position will serve as a liaison between home, classroom, and community settings and is responsible for partnering with families to create and achieve short-term and long-term family goals related to oral, physical, and mental health and wellness, financial wellness and security, job security, positive parenting skills, and parent-child relationships.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
FAMILY SERVICES AND ENGAGEMENT • Provide two or more 1 hour home visits each year • Promote family engagement and support by: o establishing a positive and trust based working relationship; o working with families to establish short term and long term goals that promote selfsufficiency and family resiliency skills; o providing information on community resources and how to access them, and follow-up with families on referral; o assisting families in recognizing family risk factors, such as domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, immigration matters, and housing issues and assist families in developing a plan to mitigate some of the negative effects their situations may have on them; o providing ongoing support and guidance to families as needed; • Assist parents in gaining awareness of child development and positive and effective parenting strategies • Work with the family advocate team, parent volunteers, and other parent engagement staff to plan, implement, and evaluate parent education and engagement, and family engagement opportunities
HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROMOTION • Assist parents in promoting optimal health and wellness of their child by: o assessing medical insurance and medical and dental home status within 30 days of child beginning program and help families establish services, if needed; o assessing immunization status upon entry into program and track status throughout the program year; o facilitating or conducting oral, hearing, vision, growth, and nutrition screenings and assessments within 45 days of child beginning program; o promoting the importance of preventative and on-going health services for all family members; o assisting families in developing family health plans/goals; o providing basic health and wellness education and information utilizing current science-based research;
CLASSROOM ASSISTANCE • Work in each assigned classroom once per week for 1 hour to establish relationship with children and teaching staff • Collaborate with teaching team to provide support in the classroom, where needed • Engage children in a positive and developmentally appropriate manner to foster positive literacy, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills • Educate families on the meaning of kindergarten readiness and assist them with kindergarten transition information
• Assist in participant intakes and enrollment visits on average 20 hours per week during the beginning of the program year and on average 1 hour per week throughout the program year • Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation of home visits, assessments, family goals, and referrals • Maintain accurate records in child files and Child Plus based on program policies • Submit monthly program reports to supervisor • Meet bi-weekly with family advocate team to collaborate on program • Meet monthly with EHS home visitor team and Family Advocate team to collaborate on program • Participate in monthly Professional Learning Communities (PLC), that may include other family advocates, teaching staff, program coordinators, as well as the home visitor who has same family on case load • Meet monthly with supervisor for reflective supervision and to track goals and work
OTHER • Participate in program and agency committees when available • Attend all Head Start and Neighborhood House all-staff meetings and trainings • Attend and actively participate in required trainings and appropriate professional development opportunities • Engage in regular self-assessment and supervisor assessment of job performance • Participate in the program’s annual self-assessment as required • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor