Home Visitor (EHS/San Fernando Valley/Santa Clarita)
Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | San Fernando Valley, CA | Full Time
Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide 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.
Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (ages 2 – 5) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Head Start positions are generally Monday through Friday, 7:45 am to 4:15 pm (10-1/2 months per year).
The Home Visitor supports the Early Head Start program cornerstones of child development, family development, community-building and staff development. This role fosters the view and practice in parents that they are their child’s first teacher and provides practical suggestions to families to reinforce this concept.
The Home Visitor:
- Identifies, recruits and enrolls families for participation in the Head Start Program
- Maintains caseload of 10 - 12 families; visits each family home for at least 90 minutes weekly
- Consults with families and staff to identify the challenges and needs of each family and/or child; explores and suggests possible solutions
- Works with parents to make weekly activity and home visit plans based on the child's assessment and identified family needs
- Works with parents to establish and attain agreed-upon goals
- Plans, implements and participates in socializations twice monthly
- Acts as a liaison between community resources and Head Start families
- Helps families as necessary to arrange and keep medical and dental appointments required by Head Start
The Home Visitor must have:
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Child Development or related field including:
- 24 semester units in Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development
- 6 units infant/toddler studies
- 12 semester units in General Education
- Valid Child Development Teacher Permit preferred
- Experience working with and knowledge of community resources
- Excellent computer skills including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with family, staff and community members
- Valid California driver’s license and access to dependable automobile with adequate insurance in order to make home visits and/or to travel to different school and office sites
- Fingerprint clearance prior to employment
- Proof at the time of hire
- TB clearance within 6 months prior
- Annual Influenza vaccination (between Aug 1 – Dec 1)
- Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization
- Health screening at the time of employment
- Requires ability to interact with children in a busy environment including, but not limited to:
- Able to lift up to 50 lbs
- Frequently kneel and squat
- Ability to move quickly
- Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral) desirable
- Minimum of 2 years of experience working in child development, social work, parent involvement or health education in a Head Start or Early Head Start program is a plus
- First aid and CPR certification preferred
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.