Family Advocate II SLA Grantee South LA
Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | South Los Angeles, CA | Full Time
Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories
Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.
VOALA services for children place an emphasis on Education, Literacy, and Health. The skills and confidence gained from our programs promote a stable home life and ensure a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Working closely with the family unit and the community itself, we encourage the development of a positive narrative for our children providing internal voices of confidence, kindness, hope and accountability to building a stronger future.
Head start / early head start
For children aged three to five we offer early education, child development, nutrition, parenting support and preparation for elementary school. All children receive educational experiences that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate. The focus is on readiness to move to kindergarten. Literacy, numeracy, and social/emotional development are areas measured for growth and development.
Children also receive a broad array of health services including screenings and referrals, maintenance of immunization schedules, nutrition assessments and follow-ups, mental health assessments as part of initial screenings, and determination if any mental or physical delays are present. Enrolled children receive healthy meals, along with an assessment of their nutritional needs and the necessary follow-ups. Nutrition education is available for parents and incorporated into daily classroom activities for the children.
JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE
The Family Advocate is responsible for working as a team with Teachers, Site Supervisors, and other support staff to help families make choices and decisions that will reflect respond to each family’s unique culture, roles, values, strengths and beliefs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Manages a caseload of families; Makes regular home visits within established requirements
- Disseminates and collects materials pertaining to services available to families
- Interviews parent(s) and compiles mandated background information;
- Assists families with identifying and attaining milestones of family goals
- Maintains outreach and recruitment to ensure site enrollment of eligible children;
- Actively participates in re-involvement efforts
- Establishes child file;
- Collects, maintains, updates and disseminates information, as needed
- Promotes parent advocacy;
- Facilitates parent activities and training and ensures parent participation and involvement
- Provides health-related services to children such as vision and hearing screenings
- Establishes and maintains contacts with community-based service organizations and resources;
- Initiates and follows-up on referral process in conjunction with families, teachers, and service support staff
- Actively participates in classroom environment and with parent volunteers
- Other duties as required
- Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Health or related field
- 6 months of experience working in social work, case management, or as a health or parent involvement aid in a related program.
- Child Development principles and theories
- Excellent computer skills
- Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to compose correspondence and reports, working knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with supervisor, co-workers and public.
- Prompt, collaborative/team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, and compassionate.
- Valid California Driver License or have means to other easily accessible transportation.
- Valid first aid and CPR certifications
- The set of characteristics that enables a person to interact positively and work effectively with others.
- Knowledge of Data system Child Plus & for monitoring purposes.
- Bilingual English /Spanish (written and verbal).
- 1-year experience working in social work, case management, or as a health or parent involvement aid in a related program.
Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law
This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.
If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.