Bear River Head Start PHS Family Advocate for Bear Lake (Paris), Idaho, Rich Co. & Cache Co., Utah. Full time, variable hours, 9½ months/year. Benefits. BS or BA Degree in the Human Service Field, i.e. Social Work, Family & Human Development, Sociology, etc. preferred. Previous experience working with families preferred. Preference given to applicants that live in the service area. Bilingual English/Spanish speaking preferred. Click here to download our employment application, or you may pick up an application from the Secretary at Bear River Head Start. Both an application and resume are required and may be:
- Hand delivered to Bear River Head Start, 95 West 100 South, Suite 200, Logan, Utah;
- Faxed to 435-755-0125; or
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Bear River Head Start applications with resumes must be turned in by 5:00pm 5/03/2016.
Bear River Head Start is an Equal Employment Opportunity.
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Under the supervision of the Family Development Specialist, the Family Advocate will provide services to children and families by making monthly home visits, providing information and referrals as needed, and supporting families in developing and attaining goals.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FAMILY ADVOCATE INCLUDE:
- Meet with both parents monthly.
- Assess family strengths and needs by completing the Family Assessment with family. Support the family in developing and attaining goals in areas of need identified in the Family Assessment.
- Be aware of community services available in the community. Provide parents with information about community resources and make referrals as needed. Follow up on all referrals. Ensure that families receive the services they need.
- Maintain accurate and thorough documentation in Child Plus of home visits, all contacts with families, referrals, and information given, mental health updates, PIR, etc.
- Assist parents in establishing a medical and dental home. Ensure children receive required initial medical and dental examinations and follow-up as needed. Provide appointment dates and documentation to the Health Specialist through monthly meetings.
- Keep Family Development Coordinator informed of families’ mental health needs through Child Plus.
- Attend and facilitate monthly Parent Committee Meetings in service area.
- Participate in planning and presenting workshops, seminars and other trainings for parents.
- Assist the Parent Involvement Specialist in facilitating and promoting Parent Involvement activities.
- Keep food handler’s permit current.
- Provide support to the Disabilities Specialist by assisting with Developmental Screenings and attending IEP & IFSP meetings when needed.
- Become familiar with the Performance Standards, especially those in the Family Partnership Section.
- Include both parents in all aspects of Head Start and encourage participation in: Home Visits, Parent Committee Activities, Parenting classes, etc. Make sure to document these efforts.
- Meet weekly with the Family Development Specialist to review Child Plus, paperwork, medical and dental needs, discuss family concerns and problem solve, etc.
- Meet weekly with teachers. Complete meeting form, make assignments and follow-up.
- Attend all mandatory team meetings, trainings, etc.
- Maintain a high level of professionalism in all job-related settings.
- Oversee recruitment of eligible children for Head Start in service area.
- Other duties as assigned.
- As per the federal government’s standards, as stated in the performance standards, while a degree is not required, preference is given to applicants that have a BS or BA in the Human Service Field, i.e., Social Work, Family & Human Development, Sociology, etc. Although a degree may be required in some service areas.
- Must have reliable transportation.
- Ability to work with adults and children from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
- Understand the special challenges faced by lesser income families.
- Ability to advocate for Head Start children and families in the community.
- Must be able to work flexible hours, i.e., evenings & weekends as needed.
- Previous experience working with families preferred.
- Creative problem solving skills.
- People orientated personality.
- Must be highly motivated.
- Excellent written and communication skills.
- Must maintain a high level of professional ethics at all times.
- Spanish speaking preferred or required for most areas.