Family Worker Job Description
Job Description for: _____________________________________________________________________________
A.NATURE OF WORK
The person selected for this position will be responsible for the general supervision, administration and management of Head Start Program for children between the ages of three (3) and five (5). This person will also assume the duties assigned by the Executive Social Services Directorat times when this person is absence.
The person selected for this position must be educationally prepared to work and be around with young children, with preferred experience in the field of Early Childhood Education or Childhood Development, or related field, and must be able to meet all the state licensing requirements. This person must be a sensitive and mature individual who is able to relate well to both children and adults and have the personality and ability to provide leadership and stability for program continuity.
All staff are responsible to follow and implement all standards set in by Paradise Christian School & Development Center Personnel Policies, Staff Handbook and Head Start Performance Standards.
To monitor and collaborate with community child care providers to create a successful environment that will promote the growth and development of Head Start children and families. Maintain ongoing contact with providers, families and work with all other components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health) to integrate educational goals and developmentally appropriate practices into child care settings.
B. REPORTING RELATIONSHIP
Social Services Director
C. WORKING CONDITIONS
This position works in a typical early childhood classroom environment, which includes child size furniture and seating as well as daily interaction with pre-school age children, families, and program staff. Additionally this position works in a typical early childhood outdoor environment. Position stands for extended periods and sits in 13.5” chairs and/or on the floor. Position makes frequent gross and fine motor skills movement including bending, stretching, extending, climbing stairs, kneeling, crouching, reaching, eye/hand/foot coordination and occasional lifting up to 75 pounds. Position utilizes visual and auditory memory and discrimination, reads and writes frequently, must use judgment and make simple and complex decisions. Furthermore, this person has to be in good mental health condition. Position covered by the OSHA Final Rule Blood Borne Pathogens Act, Category A and has potential for exposure to communicable disease and pests including but not limited to head lice. This position is a mandated reporter of child abuse/neglect.
This positionrequires lifting of young children (ages 3mths-12 years), picking up and moving of furniture and equipment. This person will have direct contact with young children, school age children, children with special needs, adults, food service and preparation, cleaning supplies, pets, and other tasks as required.
Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:
- Welcome families into the program and share information about transitioning into Head Start.
- Secures needed services for families to reach self-sufficiency during the program year; performs field work and conducts home visits in an effort to develop plans for each family.
a) Interviews/ Registers Head Start families (parents) to establish partnership with families to identify needs, referring them to appropriate social service agencies, if necessary.
b) Uses assessment tools to identify needs; utilize assessment findings to determine appropriate levels of involvement with families.
c) Uses agency planning tools to assist in identifying realistic goals for families and action steps; assists in monitoring program toward goals and identify and identify range of options and alternatives in establishing timetable for activities.
d) Uses agency follow up tools to maintain regular contact and modify plans as needed; objectively evaluates families’ growth and development and then adjust and modify plans, as needed.
e) Systematically refers to resources appropriate for family needs and level of development including child care, job training, etc. assists parents and families in obtaining medical services, financial assistance, skills training, enrollment in educational institutions, employment and other social services, as needed.
f) Monitors the impact of resources on families and identify barriers to resource utilization and strategies to overcome barriers.
g) Continues supportive contact with families for at least three months following successful achievement of goals.
h) Documents all efforts relative to the above areas.
- Maintain all children’s records filed, completed and organized
- Coordinates the organization of and monthly meetings of the Head Start committee; assists in planning, organizing and facilitating the annual orientation meetings for parents prior to the beginning of the school year.
- Provides information to Family (Parent) Committees on community services and citizen participation activities, and encourages and solicits family (parent) participation; recruits family (parent) volunteers for family (parent) committees, Policy Council and Head Start Advisory Committees.
- Provides support for training and technical assistance to families (parents) in developing and improving plans for participation in Head Start; assists in the training and scheduling of families (parents) to attend workshops, training and forums that add to their personal growth and development ; plans and conducts sessions on parenting skills and / or group counseling.
- Attends Paradise Policy Council meetings, family meetings, board meetings; ensures on-going and active parent representatives from family (parent) committee; provides transportation for families (parents) to attend meetings.
- Disseminates information to area residents regarding CAA program activities; organizes residents around basic issues and encourages citizen participation; identifies unmet community needs and assist in mobilizing resources to meet those needs.
- Ensures that all flyers, notices and minutes are prepared and submitted monthly for all committee meetings, posted on family news bulletin board, filed in monthly family connection and are submitted with monthly report.
- Visits both locations and Monitors attendance; secures referrals; provides follow-up and observes children in order to assess their progress and identify social services needs.
- Recruits and enrolls children within target communities; maintains current waiting lists, and ensures on-going maximum enrollment. Maintains verification forms and submits with monthly report. Maintains a recruitment/marketing log that is accurate and up to date.
- Establishes partnerships with area service providers which facilitate the availability and provision of needed services to families.
- Participates in on-going in-service training, workshops and educational classes for personal development, as assigned.
- Prepares written reports, and ensures that all Head Start committee meeting social service follow ups and family information are entered in the management information system.
- Assists in monitoring and gathering in-kind contributions and maintaining monthly accountability and goals.
- Perform oral reports and write reports, comprehensive reports and prepare correspondence, as necessary.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
- Provides orientation for families (parents) on the Community Action Agency’s, Paradise Christian School Policy and other available program resources.
- Attends community meetings and seminars, as appropriate, to keep abreast of issues, resources and services directly impacting
- Head Start families and low income residents.
- Assists Head Start families (parents) in obtaining medical services, financial assistance, employment and other social service, as needed.
- Attends Head Start Parent Committee meetings and provides support for training and technical assistance to families (parents) in development and improving plans for participation in Head Start.
- Attends Head Start Policy Council Meetings when applicable, ensures on-going and active family (parents) representation from family (Parent) Committees. Provides information for transportation for families (parents) to attend Policy Council Meetings.
- Provides information to family (Parent) Committees on community services and citizen participation activities, and encourages and solicits family (parent) participation.
- Channels family’s (parent) concerns and grievances to the appropriate sources.
- Maintain minimum monthly contacts ie: phone calls, group activities or sit visits to promote partnership and provide for regular communication.
- Prepare and distribute follow-up containing pertinent information requested by the family in a timely manner.
- Promote family literacy
- Work flexible hours to meet the needs of the family
- Plan, supervise, and implement the program, and shall be so in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the school, and the Head Start Performance standards.
- Planning will emphasize the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and cultural needs of the children from this particular area according to the CAA Head Start Program mandates and expectations.
- Gear the program to the needs of individual children with concern for their interests, special needs, special talents, and individual style and pace of learning.
- Consider individual children in relationship to their cultural and socio-economic background.
- Treat children and their families with dignity and respect.
- Participate in all the training, visitations, meetings held by Paradise Christian School, Exclusive Teacher Training, Executive Director/Education Coordinator and Executive Social Services Director for the overall planning of the center.
- Responsible for assisting with the arrangement, appearance, decor, and learning environment of the classroom and the school
- Conduct family conferences on children's school adjustment and classroom behavior.
- Assume an equal share of the joint housekeeping responsibilities of the office.
- Assist the Executive Director/Education Coordinator and Executive Social Services Director in supervising the teaching staff and in ensuring the smooth coordination of all classroom activities and staff and student interrelationships.
- Assist the Executive Director/Education Coordinator and Executive Social Services Director in scheduling visitors to the program.
- Assist the Executive Director/Education Coordinator and Executive Social Services Director and staff in family/parent-school relationships.
- Assist in the monthly staff meeting and reporting to the administration the information recorded. Discussion will be on items pertaining to the daily life of the program including staff concerns and suggestions.
- Conduct the ongoing evaluation procedures needed to assess the developmental levels of the children.
- Attend all staff meeting and recommended training programs and being responsible for all required in-service staff training each Fiscal Year and these scheduled by the Head Start Program and Paradise Christian School.
- Responsible for keeping all Head Start Program forms and all other program related forms for each individual child and also closely supervise the completing of all forms from the other Teacher's and Teacher Assistants.
- Read, and encourage all other staff members to read, from the program's resource library on a monthly basis.
- Planning must include both the indoor and outdoor areas and cover for a complete day in the program.
- Ensure that necessary equipment and materials are accessible and in good condition in order to encourage maximum use by children and maintain an updated list for ordering supplies and equipment. Maintain an inventory.
- Complete and comply with all accreditation, quality assurance and paradise assessment tools.
- Complete and turn in all necessary reports and records as stated in the program curriculum guide, the administrative manual, staff manual and those requested by the Executive Director/Education Coordinator and Executive Social Services Director, in a timely basis, in a neat and legible manner.
Family Community/ Community Resources
- Works with staff to ensure that families (parents) are engaged in a process of collaborative partnership building to establish mutual trust and to identify family goals, strengths and necessary services and other supports.
- Works with staff to ensure that families (parents) are offered the opportunities to develop and implement individualized family partnership agreements that describe family goals, responsibilities, timetables and strategies for achieving these goals as well as progress in achieving them.
- Works with staff to ensure that the family partnership agreement takes into account and builds as appropriate, information obtained from the family and other community agencies concerning pre-exitistng family plans.
- Works with staff to ensure that a variety of opportunities are created for interaction with families (parents) throughout the year, and that meetings and interactions with families (parents) are respectful of each family’s diversity, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Works with staff to ensure that they are working collaboratively with all participating parents to identify and continually assess services and resources that are responsive to each families interest and goals.
- Monitors and complies with the implementation of Family and Community Partnership section of the performance standards.
- Ensures that an active role is taken in community planning to encourage strong communication, cooperation and sharing of information among agencies and their community partners, and to improve the delivery of community services to children and families.
- Ensures that affirmative steps are taken to establish on-going collaborative relations with community organizations to promote the access of children and families to community services that are responsive to their needs, and ensures that Head Start responds to the community’s needs.
- Perform outreach to encourage volunteers from the community. Maintain a volunteer log and recruitment plan.
- Works with service area coordinators to make specific efforts to develop interagency agreements with local education agencies (LEAs) and other agencies.
- Serves as staff support to appropriate advisory committees such as Social Services (Family Partnerships),etc.
- Assists in the implementation of procedures to support successful transitions for enrolled children and families from previous child care programs.
- Possibly serves as the lead staff in the conduct, analysis and preparation of the community assessment and the review required.
- Works with staff to ensure that the eligibility requirement for children and families are adhered to.
- Prepares and updates procedures to be submitted to appropriate entities for approval annually.
- Monitors the monthly average daily attendance for compliance with the 85 percent requirement and patterns of absenteeism.
- Updates the master listing of sites, capacities and enrollment figures.
- Assists in the implementation of other sections of the Family and Community Partnership Performance Standards, as needed, as well as the performance standards dealing with Governance.
- Maintain a log of community resources and keep up to date.
- Prepares reports, as required.
- Performs other related duties, as assigned.
- Must provide sufficient in-kind to match federal funds.
- Develop and Monitor progress on Family Partnership goals
- High School diploma or GED and
- Preferably with at least one year of Social, Human or Family services experience and
- Completion of all Department of Children and Family requirements for this position (background screenings) and
- Preferably with Director’s Credential with VPK endorsement and
- If it is a Head Start parent, we will prepare a professional development plan and no previous experience is needed.
- A plan of action must be in place for those requirements not completed
- Ability to communicate effectively and preferably fluent in the language or languages spoken by the families that Paradise Christian School serves.
- Family services staff qualification requirements. A program must ensure staff who work directly with families on the family partnership process hired after November 7, 2016, have within eighteen months of hire, at a minimum, a credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field.
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