Closing Date: December 31, 2021
EASTERN IDAHO COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP
Position Title: Family Advocate
Department: Head Start
Supervisor: Center Manager
Position Status: Non-exempt, Seasonal Full-time, 30-40 hours/week, or Non-exempt, Regular Full-time, 40 hours/week
Starting Wage: $12.39/hr.
To promote parent involvement programs which encourage the educational, social and emotional development of all Head-Start families by in-home instruction to parents and children, which will enhance the parents’ ability to fill the role of primary educator of the child. To maintain on-going contact with families and work with all other components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health) to integrate educational goals and developmentally appropriate practices into the family setting. Engage in regular motivational communications with parents and children; provide education, information, and support using home visits, parent meetings, and regular newsletters. Operate as a liaison between classroom and home settings in the area of education and child development.
1. Completes appropriate documentation of case notes, referral, and follow-up while taking care to assure confidentiality of family and classroom records.
2. Attends team meetings, follow-up meetings, training, and appropriate professional development activities, designed to promote collaboration.
3. Works in accordance with procedures as directed by the Center Manager and Family Services Specialist.
4. Participates fully with recruitment activities as directed by the Center Manager.
5. Encourages parent volunteers in all aspects of the Head Start program, and especially in the classroom setting.
6. Respects, encourages, and supports volunteers in their efforts.
7. Reports to scheduled home visits on time or notify family prior to being unavoidable late.
8. As an employee of EICAP you will assume the responsibility of understanding your role in accomplishing the strategic goals and performance measures of the Agency.
9. Other duties as requested or assigned.
1. Exhibits a positive and professional attitude toward co-workers, community professionals, center visitors, volunteers, supervisors, specialists and their assistants, administrators, and parents.
2. Exhibits a positive and professional attitude toward new ideas, teaching techniques, and work related ideas.
3. Makes frequent in-person contact with children, parents, and staff for purposes of education and exchange of information.
4. Sends frequent memos to staff and parents.
5. Recognizes all written communications are vehicles for sharing information.
6. Recognizes all communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start’s policy on confidentiality.
7. Identifies a specialty area of choice and share valuable resources, trainings and materials with other advocates and staff.
1. Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to deal objectively with sensitive family issues.
2. Willingness to take the Family Development Training offered through the agency.
3. The skill and willingness to deal with sensitive family situations in a non-threatening manner.
4. Ability to work as a team member and represent other component areas in the home and at parent meetings.
5. Good organization and record keeping skills.
6. Ability to promote family involvement in all aspects of the program.
7. Ability to work quickly and with out transition time between activities or disciplines.
1. Ability to retain vision, values, and ethics in the face of myriad technicalities and processes.
2. Ability to apply techniques of counseling and psychology on behalf of families and processes.
3. Significant problem solving ability which can translate emotionally charged family needs into recommendations and relevant community referrals.
4. Ability to respond to an emergency or a crisis situation, should one arise.
5. Ability to be aware of and monitor events going on at all times, regardless of what one is doing at the time.
6. Ability to put the Head Start mission into practice.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply basic concepts of algebra and geometry. Ability to calculate and apply figures and amounts such as fractions, percentages, and proportions to practical situations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, and REGISTRATIONS
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES
Proficiency in the use of computer and all common office machines required. Ability to work with specific computer software, including word processing and spread sheet programs. Adequate typing skills are necessary for this position.
The employee must also possess the ability to work at a rapid pace, in a hectic environment and with low-income clients.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership is an EEO employer.