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Program Assistant - Health - (Medical Assistant)

Children's Services | South Bay, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

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).

Responsibilities:

The Program Assistant – Health  provides administrative support for implementation of a health services programs for families and children.  This position provides collaborative planning in conjunction with other support groups and agencies in meeting needs of families. 

With guidance and technical support from the Family Service Specialist, the Program Assistant – Health will:

  • Participate in health education for parents; acquaint parents with the purpose and need for complete physical and dental exams for their children
  • Obtain medical, dental and developmental histories for each child; obtain parental consent forms as needed
  • Assist in health screening and medical/dental exams
  • Makes home visits to advise families in health matters
  • May provide families with emergency assistance and/or crisis intervention
  • Assist in preparation and update of the health service plan
  • Assist in first aid and CPR training for staff

Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited Medical Assistant program
  • At least 1 year of experience as a medical assistant preferred
  • Must have excellent computer skills including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
  • Must have 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 required prior to employment

Health Requirements:

  • Must have physical examination at the time of 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
  • Must be physically able to lift up to 50 lbs, to move quickly and to perform duties requiring squatting and kneeling in order to interact with children in a very busy environment

Additional Requirements:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral) desirable
  • First aid and CPR certification desirable

VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer