Family Advocate

Job Type

Full Time

Published

09/26/2018

Address

5235 West Belden Avenue
Chicago
Illinois
60639
United States

Description

hristopher House (CH) seeks a Family Advocate who understands the importance of a parent as their child’s first teacher and is excited to partner with parents to maximize their child’s success in school, workplace, and life.


With a mission to develop independent, creative, lifelong learners, our infant,preschool, elementary, and family schools build a community of students,teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance,respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.


Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for student sfrom birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.




OUR BELIEFS

Children and families thrive when:

  • Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
  • Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
  • Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
  • Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
  • Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
  • Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
  • Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
  • Developing independent,creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
  • Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning; and
  • Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.


Position Objective:

  • Build quality relationships with Christopher House Parents
  • Provide optimal support and services for families and children in the Early Childhood Development Services (ECDS) programs.


Specific Responsibilities:


  • Ensure families participating in the ECDS programs receive integrated, timely, appropriate and comprehensive services based on individual family assessments. Provide services that are culturally sensitive in a respectful manner, ensuring client confidentiality at all times.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of a successful recruitment action plan to achieve site’s full enrollment. Participate in community events to promote Christopher House’s programs and services.
  • Complete required paperwork. Maintain health records. Complete family assessments, Family Partnership Agreements, referrals for services, monthly visits, group meetings,etc. Communicate requirements to parents; ensure all health and dental records are obtained in a timely manner.
  • Assist program administration in meeting the parental involvement requirement responsibilities: contacting parents regarding program activities,assisting in the organization of meetings, etc. Serve as liaison between families and program, interpreting agency and program policies to parents and families.
  • Maintain accurate records, including multiple databases as well as paper files (databases include COPA and ETO), as required by funding agencies and maintain compliance with funder’s requirements.

Qualifications:

  • Strong alignment with Christopher House’s Values and Mission;
  • Strong work ethic coupled with a proactive problem-solving approach;
  • Experience working in subsidized or publicly funded programs.
  • Computer literate and knowledge of database programs. Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively communicate with people of diverse socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.
  • Ability to work some evening and weekends required.
  • Bilingual is required (English/Spanish)


Education:


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or a related field. Coursework related to working with families is required.


If you are interested in the following position please send your resume to gkuechenberg@christopherhouse.org




Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish and English

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

gkuechenberg@christopherhouse.org

Please send application to gkuechenberg@christopherhouse.org


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