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Family Advocate - Early Head Start Program

The Children's Home Society of New Jersey Toms River
Trenton, NJ
Closing date
May 16, 2022

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The position of Family Advocate is responsible for creating and implementing successful Family Partnership with families of Early Head Start Community; and for advocating on behalf of all Early Head Start Families.

Candidates must have a car and valid driver's license as travel throughout Trenton is required.

# of Positions Available: 1

Start-Up of Employment Work Location will be:

Head Start Center

1198 Southard Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08638

Once new Early Head Start Center Opens (Expected March 2022):

Work Location:

1435 Liberty Street

Trenton, New Jersey 08611

12 Month Position

Essential Responsibilities and Performance Indicators:
  • Ensure that as a Family Advocate you meet program requirements as outlined in th Head Start Performance Standards 1302.10 - 1302.18 Sub Part A (ERSEA) and 1302.34, and Sub Part E 1302.50 - 1302.53
  • Process Early Head Start and Abbott applicants and screen for their eligibility under Early Head Start/Head Start Standards, Abbott and the organization's eligibility procedures.
  • Work with parent leaders to organize parent and center committee meetings.
  • Work in collaboration with other program content areas to ensure parent engage is present in all aspects of child development.
  • Coordinate family activities with classroom activities.
  • Conduct three home visits a year per family: Orientation home visit two home visits with classroom teacher.
  • Support parent understanding of their child goals for learning in conjunction with teaching staff.
  • Complete Family Needs Assessments for 100% of the clients assigned to your caselod.
  • Help families identify and access needed resources: health, mental health, social services, education, employment and training.
  • Develop a Family Partnership agreement in collaboration with program participants for a minimum of 80% of all families within your caseload.
  • Help families learn how to advocate for needed resources when necessary.
  • Assist classroom staff and parents in developing transition plans for Head Start children entering public school.
  • Ensure accurate and up to date records are maintained according to the performance standards and the agency's recordkeeping requirements.
  • Conduct and record medical screening for vision, height, and weight as required.
  • Follow Policies and Procedure to document all work with families from program entry until the family transition out of Head Start.
  • Administer attendance and late arrival/pickup policies.
  • Assist other Head Start staff with projects as requested.
  • Maintain Professional and Ethical Standards:
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with Agency policy and legal requirements.
  • Respect and maintain rights and privacy of all staff, parents, and children. Maintain HIPAA compliances of all confidential information.Attend mandated trainings and meetings, and seek out staff development opportunities.
  • Work as a team member with all Head Start and agency staff and maintain a positive work ethic.
  • Adhere to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and NASW Code of Ethics.

Educational Requirements: Minimum of a credential or certification within 18 months of hire, in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field. Candidates must hold an Associate's Degree or a minimum of 60 College Credits in a related field of study. Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or the required credential and certification as noted abouve preferred.

Experience Requirements: Experience in fields related to social, human, or family services.

Additional Qualifications:
  • Work experience with multicultural populations.
  • Ability to write reports and correspondence, and read and interpret documents
  • Knowledge of various software programs such as MS Word, Excel, Power-Point, and Publisher. ChildPlus software or equivalent a plus
  • Ability to effectively engage and communicate with community members and groups, managers, regulatory agencies, and families both individually and in group settings
  • Ability to organize and manage time effectively
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