Family Advocate (Head Start/Early Head Start)

Vacancy:  920

Job Summary:  The Family Advocate will provide individualized, intensive support to the Early Head Start families and establish and maintain relationships with community providers to provide the resources, counseling, treatment or other interventions needed to assist families in stabilizing their circumstances.

Based on the needs of the program, the advocate may be assigned to any of the counties that are served (Taylor, Crisp, Dooly, Macon, Telfair, Crawford, Peach, and Pulaski).

Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Recruit eligible, interested families by participating in health fairs, community events and communicating with other partnering agencies
    • Working in conjunction with Family and Community Partnerships Manager and other Family Advocates to ensure all services are being rendered in a timely manner and full enrollment is maintained throughout the program year
    • Interview families to determine strengths and needs
    • Develop a follow-up plan with each family, making necessary referrals for services
    • Perform required developmental, nutritional, mental health and sensory screeners within the agency table
    • Ensure each child receives a health/nutrition assessment (Form 6), physical, dental, immunization (Form 3231)
    • Ensure each child is up-to-date for age on all immunizations
    • Ensure each child receives needed follow-up services
    • Solicit parent involvement, including assisting with parent meetings
    • Collect in-kind donations from parents and community members to FVSU Head Start
    • Assist health providers with all health related screenings at assigned site or designated locations within the first 45 days of enrollment
    • Ensure that all Family Development plans are completed on a quarterly basis
    • Submit daily attendance reports to Family & Community Partnership Manager via e-mail by 9:30 A. M. (make sure that daily attendance is input into COPA as well)
    • Maintain family files in good working order, in a locked cabinet
    • Collect and provide programmatic information as required by FVSU Head Start program
    • Enter all family/child data (entire application package) and follow ups into COPA Management System as required by FVSU Head Start program
    • Attend relevant agency meetings such as Family Advocate trainings and meetings
    • Meet regularly with Family and Community Partnerships Manager
    • Communicate with Family Child Care providers regularly regarding FVSU Head Start family’s needs
    • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the policies and legal requirements of FVSU and the FVSU Head Start program
    • Respect rights and privacy of other staff
    • Attend mandated trainings, meetings and seek out staff development opportunities
    • Work as a team member with all staff, and maintain a positive work ethic
    • Act conscientiously in performing routines by being honest, reliable, and punctual
    • Adhere to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
    • Maintains an annual physical and Tuberculosis vaccination
    • Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, Psychology or Family and Child and Development or related area
  • Two (2) years experience working with vulnerable families and communities
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications (adult and pediatric)
  • Advanced computer literacy in email, word processing, and internet navigation
  • Familiarity with assessment strategies for high risk behaviors, including depression, domestic violence, and substance abuse
  • Reliable transportation with state-mandated minimum insurance coverage(s)
  • Good communication skills, flexibility and teamwork
  • Must have a valid Georgia driver’s license and clear driving record

 Preferred:

  • Bilingual (in Spanish) – may be required at locations to meet the needs of the population served
  • Experience working with families of children birth to three years of age

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s):

  • Knowledge and understanding of family dynamics, growth and development, parenting issues, relationship and human needs
  • Knowledge of community resources and how to access services for children and families
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence; speak effectively before groups of parents, staff, providers and community groups
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio and percentage and draw and interpret bar graphs
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form
  • Ability to work with families and individuals representing a variety of lifestyles in a positive, productive and nurturing way
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
  • Ability to successfully pass a drug screening and background check

 

Working Conditions:

  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must be punctual and able to work Monday-Friday
  • Must be able to work indoors as well as transition to outdoors

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to stand; sit; walk; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and to talk or hear
  • Frequently required to reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel and crouch
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus (may be obtained through the use of corrective lenses)
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested persons MUST submit a complete application packet which includes:

  • FVSU Application (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Cover Letter (include Job Title and Job Number)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) – Diploma copies are not accepted in lieu of transcripts
  • List of three (3) Professional References including their contact information

Complete application packets should be emailed to hrfvsu@fvsu.edu, with the Job Title and Job Number in the subject line. Application packets that do not contain ALL required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled