Head Start Child and Family Advocate


Waco, TX 76799

Posted 4 days ago

Job Description

Job Description

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General Responsibilities:

It is the responsibility of all EOAC employees to support EOAC’s mission and goals, to respect the confidentiality of all who come to us for information or assistance, and to personally maintain the dignity and integrity of one who is placed in a position of public trust.  We all bear the responsibility of improving the organization, communicating openly and empowering each other to excel at our work and maintain confidentiality of client/agency information as required by State and Federal laws, appropriate regulations, and professional practice standards.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Must have CDA credentials, an Associate degree in social work or Social Services Certification, or a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services
  2. Two (2) years experience in social service work or adult education
  3. Should have experience in record keeping
  4. Should have knowledge of community resources
  5. Must have interest in and concern for low-income families and their children and their development
  6. Computer literacy (Word Processing, database and spreadsheets, Internet and email use) is required
  7. Must have Adult and Pediatric CPR and First Aid certification
  8. Must have the ability to maintain records on a computer system or willing to learn
  9. Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s license and access to a privately owned vehicle with seat restraints and liability insurance for use in completing work responsibilities
  10. Frequent driving for home visits sometimes in outlying centers or to assist parents with transportation needs
  11. Good verbal and written communication skills
  12. There must be no prior convictions of child abuse/neglect
  13. Must pass pre-employment physical and have current TB skill test/chest x-ray with negative results
  14. Must have current enrollment in Child Care Division-Criminal History Registry and FBI background clearance
  15. Must have the ability to lift in excess of 35 pounds

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Performs all job responsibilities in a safe manner
  2. Performs duties related to Eligibility, recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA)
  3. Meet or exceed requirements of Family and Community Partnerships and Parent Involvement as indicated in the Head Start Performance Standards and as outlined in content area plans and policies and procedures related to the above-mentioned areas
  4. Deals sensitively and fairly with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds
  5. Effectively communicate with colleagues, children and parents; participate in parent committee meetings as a non-voting member; develops and maintains effective individual and group relationships
  6. Assess and respond to needs and recruitment of children, including children with disabilities; visits classrooms and consults with teachers on services needed
  7. Makes home visits as needed to gather information relating to children and families
  8. Develop and coordinate a continuing evaluation of the Family and Community Partnerships Program and Parent Involvement; in collaboration with Center Director and Family and Community Partnerships Manager, implement changes based on findings
  9. Effectively plan the Family and Community Partnerships and Parent Involvement Program; Provide assistance to develop education and personal plans (Family Partnership Agreement (FPA)
  10. Perform casework services with parents as needed to increase the parents’ understanding, their constructive participation in resolving their child’s problems, and their knowledge and use of available and appropriate resources (to include assurance of health screenings and follow-up in a timely manner and in accordance with written policy and procedure)
  11. Serves as liaison between Head Start and/or Early Head Start child, home, center, and community resources, such as family services agencies, child guidance clinics, courts, protective services, doctors, and clergy members
  12. Utilizes the referral process to help children and others use special programs and services, including counseling, emergency assistance, or crisis intervention.  Assistance with follow-up of service needs; provides information to families on available and appropriate community resources
  13. Compile, maintain, and files all reports, records, and other documents required.  Assists with the confidentiality of all required reports
  14. Make parent contact/follow-up for children whose participation in Head Start and/or Early Head Start is irregular; tracks children who withdraw; track attendance in database on daily basis
  15. Assist in planning and implementation of Parent Involvement activities
  16. Monitor progress of service delivery ass

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