Family Advocate

SouthSide Early Childhood Center
Job Description
SouthSide’s Family Advocate is a key member of the Family Partnership team. This person is responsible for our health programming, case management and family education & events. This person must be passionate about working with families who are facing adversity, partnering with parents to achieve their goals, and empowering parents to advocate for their child’s education.
 
Job Summary:
 
  • Provides case management services for families:
    • Works with families to establish goals and objectives and meets with families regularly to ensure progress toward identified goal.
    • Completes outcomes surveys with families two times per year to identify areas of strengths and areas for support
    • Provides case management services on an as needed basis with families
  • Plans, coordinates and teaches parent programs on the topics of financial stability and positive parenting skills.
  • Organizes and attends all family fun events including: Celebration of Cultures, Fall Festival, Movie Night, etc.
  • Assists with completion of new applications and orientations for the Head Start/Early Head Start program.
  • Collaborates with partners, including the on-site nurse practitioner, to provide on-site health exams/screenings including: dental, vision, hearing, lead screenings and other Head Start/Early Head Start health requirements, as needed.
    • Works with families to obtain initial health screenings and obtain new health screenings as they expire to maintain compliance with standards.
    • Ensure children receive follow up exams on failed health exams.
    • Ensures each child has a medical home for preventive and acute health care and dental services.
    • Ensures immunization records are up-to-date for each child upon enrollment and as immunizations become due.
    • Ensures updated Asthma Action Plans, Allergy Action Plans, and prescription medication are on file and in the center.
  • Other duties as assigned
 
Requirements:
 
  • Bachelor’s degree, or working towards a degree, in Social Work, Human Services, Family Services, Counseling or related field
  • At least 1 year of experience providing case management services for a diverse population
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Oromo strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of Head Start Standards preferred
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of social and health services for low-income children and families
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent work ethic, punctuality, and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with parents that respect their values, beliefs, and culture.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office Suite.  Proficiency in ChildPlus preferred.
  • Ability to work nights and occasional weekends.
 
Please email your resume and cover letter to kgrangeno@southside-ecc.org. Visit www.southside-ecc.org for more information about our programming.
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