Family Advocate

  • Full-time
  • Belfast, ME
  • $15.50 - $18.50 per hour USD / Year
  • September 11, 2022

EMPLOYER: Waldo Community Action Partners

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Description:

Waldo Community Action Partners is seeking a Family Advocate!

The Family Advocate engages Head Start families in goal setting, acquiring resources, social networking, training, transitions and participation in Head Start program activities and services. Supports Head Start collaborative programs to maintain and maximize the Head Start experience for all Head Start families.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Supporting Families:

1. Assists with and maintains Head Start recruitment and full enrollment for all program options.

2. Conducts home visits as indicated in the WCAP program plans, engaging each family assigned to a caseload.

3. Supports families to establish and achieve their personal, family-driven goals through the Individual Family Partnership Agreement (IFPA) process.

4. Assess families’ strengths and needs in order to support families in personal family-driven goal achievement.

5. Assess families progress in alignment with the Parent Family and Community Engagement Framework.

6. Acts as a referral and resource agent for all Head Start families.

7. Supports and educates families through all transitions including case conferences and reviews.

8. Supports Head Start family members engagement in activities such as:
a. Local Parent/Family Group Committees
b. Head Start Policy Council
c. Training opportunities

9. Encourages ongoing communication and engagement with all families through regular contacts, newsletters, etc.

10. Documents all contacts with families as required in each child’s file.

11. Supports families in achieving all Head Start Performance Standard requirements (developmental screenings, meeting health needs, obtaining health documentation, achieving 85% attendance, etc.).

12. Individualize for families based on needs.

13. Maintain a strong relationship with all families on caseload including follow-up throughout the year with family on goal achievement, resources given, etc.

14. Attends monthly resource connection meetings.

Supporting Volunteerism:

1. Promotes and facilitates family and community volunteer participation including volunteer education and recruitment.

2. Assists volunteers with keeping completing accurate documentation of volunteer paperwork requirements.

3. Monitors and assists with the timely completion of weekly in-kind volunteer timesheets Aggregate, co-authorize and submit classroom in-kind sheets to the Head Start main office weekly.

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance:

1. Updates and maintains all Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment & Attendance requirements.

2. Ensures ongoing attendance of all families on caseload through daily attendance tracking and monitoring and follow-up with families who do not attend to ensure 85% or better attendance. Supports families through this process to understand the importance of attendance.

3. Assembles and maintains all paper files according to the Head Start Child File Index and Childplus database.

4. Enters and maintains required program and services data in the programs database.

5. Participates in monthly case conferencing and team/staff meetings.

6. Reports all suspected cases of child/adult abuse and neglect to the Department of Health & Human Services and Head Start administration as required by law and WCAP policy

7. Assists with annual program Self-Assessment.

8. Generates reports and data as requested.

Requirements:

General Requirements: • Must be able to pass a physical examination and TB screening. • Must have adequate transportation, a valid driver's license and meet WCAP's insurance requirements. • Must meet WCAP’s background clearance requirements. • Valid Criminal Record History Check (CHRC) through DOE. - Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or have an approved medical/religious exemption on file and complete weekly testing.

Qualifications:

Experience and Skill Requirements: The following experience and skills are considered essential: • At least two years of experience working and/or volunteering in a social, family or human services field required. • Ability to work in computerized data-based system. • Familiarity with Early Head Start/Head Start Standards. • Strong written and verbal communication skills. • Strong time management and organizational skills. • Proficient skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. Education Requirements: The following education requirements are considered essential: • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Human Services, Counseling or related field, preferred. • For staff hired after 11/7/16 who do not hold an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, Human Development, Family Services or related field: must obtain a credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field within eighteen (18) months of hire. ** All requirements and skills are considered to be essential, unless otherwise indicated A detailed job description is available on our website: www.waldocap.org. Please submit a completed WCAP employment application also available on our website to: Human Resources, WCAP, PO Box 130, Belfast, ME 04915. This position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found. WCAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Pay Rate: $15.50 - $18.50 per hour

How to Apply:

Contact: Bonnie Speck
Phone: (207) 338-6809

To apply for this job email your details to: hr@waldocap.org