Family Advocate


Job Type

Part Time

Salary

Details: $17.00 per hour; 28 hours per week; Non-exempt; variable scheduling; evening and weekend hours may be required

Published:

04/04/2018

Start Date:

05/28/2018

Application Deadline:

04/27/2018

Address

135 SW 116th St, #A208
Burien
WA
98146
United States

Description

Position Description

New Futures is a program of Southwest Youth and Family Services and partners with families in their communities and with educators to ensure that children succeed in school and in life. Our integrated, culturally relevant programs build skills, foster connectedness, and promote strengths. We operate vibrant community learning building programs on-site to children, youth, and families.


The Family Advocate will work as part of the New Futures team and develop and coordinate culturally relevant services to families; work with residents of the Arbor Heights housing complex to assist them in identifying and accessing available community resources; help children succeed in school; improve family relationships; and help families become part of stronger community.


The successful candidate will share our vision of a future where all children thrive and have the opportunities and resources to reach their full potential.


Responsibilities


Advocacy

  • Provide information, referral and advocacy to culturally, economically and educationally diverse families, especially those with children. Utilize problem solving and support skills in working with families
  • Identify and coordinate services provided by community resources in areas such as housing; health; employment training and support; educational opportunities; economic self-sufficiency; food and nutrition services; and parent education and involvement in child’s early education
  • Generate trust and rapport with families and model and teach appropriate interactions between family members, including between children and parents/guardians
  • Develop and implement parent support systems to decrease the isolation of parents
  • Make home visits as needed and to maintain confidentiality and integrity of information


Community Outreach and Development

  • Inform and educate the community about the New Futures and its programs and activities
  • Assist in public awareness and development efforts; Help locate and procure funds and other resources
  • Develop and maintain liaisons with other community organizations


Procedures & Recordkeeping

  • Actively participate in evaluation of services provided to families to ensure compliance with all contracts, licensing, and other applicable requirements toward performance commitments and outcomes
  • Maintain professional standards and follow agency policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local requirements
  • Maintain accurate records of services as required to document performance commitments and required outcomes; collect appropriate data and provide all necessary follow-up for referrals


Workshops and Classes

  • Work with other New Futures staff to organize and coordinate program-wide activities and to develop the calendar of events


Other

  • Maintain positive communication with staff and volunteers
  • Work with and train volunteers as needed
  • Attend in-service classes, staff meetings, and other required meetings or conferences


Requirements


  • Experience working effectively in a multicultural setting and ability to relate to and work with culturally, economically, and educationally diverse families, staff, social service agencies, and the public
  • Understanding of and ability to communicate philosophy of New Futures Programs
  • Bilingual in English & Spanish with the ability to maintain client records in English
  • Ability to work and problem solve independently and as integral part of a team
  • Ability to work flexible hours in an unpredictable and unstructured environment
  • Valid WA State Driver’s license, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation
  • Clear driving record with no more than two moving violations in the last three years
  • Willingness to submit to and ability to pass a criminal background check

Benefits

Pro-rated medical, dental, & vision insurance; Generous paid vacation and sick leave; paid holidays; Costco membership

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual English/Spanish with the ability to maintain client records in English

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


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