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Program Assistant Mental Health Head Start South Bay South LA

Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | South Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

VOALA
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.

HEAD START

The Program Assistant Mental 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.

JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE

The Program Assistant Mental 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. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in promoting parent advocacy such as providing needed referrals and linkages to the community supports
  • Assist with accurate and timely record keeping.
  • Effective management of cases, such as providing referrals to appropriate counselling services for families who demonstrate intense clinical needs.
  • Consult with Mental Health Manager on a regular basis on all referrals submitted to the mental health department and complete accurate documentation of consultation;
  • Assist in planning and implementing parent and program activities
  • Participate in meetings relevant to area assigned to such as but not limited to IEP’s, Family Advocate meetings, Community meetings, Site Supervisor meetings, regular Mental Health team meetings, and Center Committee meetings
  • Must use computerized data system to input, retrieve and update required data.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
  • 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

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 within 6 month prior to hire date
  • 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

EDUCATION:

  • High school diploma

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in social work, case management in health, disabilities, mental health or parent involvement. (Associate of Arts degree in Social Services or related field can be used in place of the 2 years of experience)

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of Early Head Start/Head Start program

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

  • Excellent computer skills including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing in English
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards

INTERPERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Prompt, collaborative/team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, and compassionate

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal) 

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.