Family Advocate

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $31,650

Published

07/30/2018

Address

66-70 Union Square, #104
Somerville
MA
02143
United States

Description

The Family Advocate provides a wide range of critical supports to parents in their efforts to improve the conditions and quality of their lives, and is key to the success of families in the Head Start Program. The work of Family Advocates enables us to assess the particular needs of each family as they enter the program, help parents set educational and social goals for themselves and their children, and track progress and outcomes against those goals. Family Advocates are assigned a caseload of one to three classrooms, and are responsible for ongoing liaison work between parents and children, and for appropriate referrals and interventions.


1.       Assists in the enrollment process of all families into the Head Start Program by    

         completing applications with new families coming into the office.

 

2.         Maintains up-to-date Family Partnership Agreements for each assigned child and

         family by documenting all goals and objectives set with parents and by maintaining

         all pertinent family and health follow-up information and places them in the child's file;          note progress against goals throughout the program year.

3.      Works with the Parent Resource supervisor to encourage parent participation in  committees and educational programming.

4.      Develops two-way communication with parents; shares information during home visits, telephone conversations, and other meetings as appropriate.


  

5.      Advocates for families in need of services by making appropriate referrals for

       community services and resources and by assisting parents in filling out pertinent   

       paper work to access services.


6.        Assists in open communication within the program by participating in supervisory

         meetings, staff meetings, and in-service trainings.


 7.     Develops and maintains professional expertise by attending meetings, conferences,

         and trainings pending funding.


 8.     Functions as a member of the Head Start Program by carrying out the mission of  

         CAAS and the Head Start Program.


9.   Inputs accurate and complete information into the database on a regular basis.


 

QUALIFICATIONS:


Minimum: At least two years experience working with children and families, familiar with community agencies in the areas of social services. Associated Degree in Human Services, related field, or a licensed Social Worker Preferred.  Must be proficient in computers.  Must have excellent written, oral communication, and organizational skills. Ability to speak another language, Sensitive to the needs of low income and culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse populations.



Benefits

3 weeks' vacation

employer contributes to 403b

employer pays 89% of medical premium

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish, Haitian Creole or Portuguese preferred.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

jgrogan@caasomerville.org

Candidates must send cover letters with their resume.


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