POSITION TITLE: FAMILY ADVOCATE
REPORTS TO: Family and Community Partnership Coordinator and Site Manager
FSLA CLASSIFICATION: Non- Exempt
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Operate in compliance with any and all of the policies and procedures as established by Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission and Northern Kentucky Head Start and the performance standards as established by the Federal government regarding program operations to promote and provide quality service delivery to the children, families and community of our service area. Fulfill responsibilities as an early childhood development and health services team member and carry out tasks as outlined in the component plan
- Work cooperatively with all components of the program.
- Recruit and train parents and community volunteers.
- Maintain the confidentiality of staff and clients.
- Maintain a clean and organized work area.
- Participate in the annual self assessment.
- Attend staff meetings and training, as required.
- Follow established child abuse reporting procedures.
- Assist in securing in-kind donations to match the required non-federal share amount each program year.
- Performance of any other work related task deemed necessary by direct supervisor.
- Knowledge and ability to confront family concerns and utilize community resources under supervision.
- Responsible for completion and maintaining all necessary files of assigned caseload.
- Assist in recruitment and enrollment of children, as outlined in program policies.
- Encourage parent participation in all aspects of program operations.
- Provide courteous and positive interaction with parents, staff, and community.
- Advocate for right of clients.
- Carry out tasks as outlined in program component plans.
- Assist in developing, updating and utilization of the Community Resource List for parent and staff reference.
- Maintain daily attendance records, contacting by phone or home visit any child whose participation is irregular as outlined in program policy. Submit monthly attendance record to supervisor.
- Schedule and conduct weekly conference with teachers and other component staff for the purpose of referrals, family situations and follow-up and feedback.
- Make initial home visit and any additional home visits that may be necessary to insure quality service delivery to clients.
- Review parent handbook thoroughly with each family.
- Maintain child files with current family information, including referrals, family service plans and activity log. Report change of status promptly to appropriate staff members as outlined in procedures.
- Follow-up and document to assure delivery of needed service has been completed.
- Submit weekly report to Family & Community Partnerships Manager.
- Utilize community agencies in identifying needs of Head Start families and work with agencies in the development of plan to meet needs of the family.
- Attend to sick children according to Sick Child Policy.
- Assist in screening all children with parental permission for required medical screenings.
- Assist with head lice checks and head lice information to parents.
- Assist in fund raising efforts with guidance from the Family & Community partnerships Manager.
- Collect volunteer time sheets weekly from assigned classrooms and submit to the Family Service Manager.
- Ensure that assigned classroom has full enrollment.
- Assist with bus monitoring duties.
- Ensure that all children have physicals, immunization certificates, and dental exams; monitor follow-up and transport children to health appointments when necessary.
- Provide referrals to Mental Health/Disabilities Manager; schedule and attend meetings and track documentation.
- Assures compliance with all program and grant requirements.
- Assist in classroom as needed.QUALIFICATIONS:
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Computer skills.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Valid driver’s license and/or provide transportation to fulfill job responsibilities.
- NKCAC-Head Start cannot employ anyone who has been found by the Cabinet to have abused or neglected a child.
- Ability to work with people of diverse and varying socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Must have the ability to stand/walk/run after young children 100% of the time.
- Ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 lbs up to 50% of the time
- Ability to sit at, read, and enter data on computer for prolonged periods of time up to 75% of the time
- *NKCAC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We strongly encourage people of Color, people with disabilities, women, bilingual people, and former or current recipients of public assistance to apply for available positions.
The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and program requirements as required in the completion of this job description and all agency business.
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