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POSTED: 12/17/2014                      

Job Title:                                           Family Advocate/Parent Involvement Assistant
Salary Range:                                    $12.61 – $15.13 DOE
Hours:                                               30 hours per week (with pro-rated benefits)
Department:                                       Head Start
Closing Date:                                     December 31, 2014  

Position Description
This position will be responsible for assisting in recruiting, enrolling and welcoming children and families to Head Start and partner with families to create and achieve family goals, promote family wellness, foster positive parent-child relationships, and support parental involvement in the Head Start Program, in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and assist the Family Services Coordinator with the planning, implementation and evaluation of Parent Committee Meetings, Early Oregon Pre-Kindergarten (EOPK) Group Socials, Policy Council Meetings and other meetings as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as a liaison between home, classroom, and community settings and provide case management, care coordination, advocacy, home visit and family support services.
Assist in recruitment and enrollment of eligible children by completing intakes on applicants by interviewing and assessing families eligible for the Oregon Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program.
Maintain a caseload consistent with contractual requirements which include:
  • completing home visits as outlined in the Family Services Plan with each assigned family;   
  • involving parents in the planning and implementing of the home visits;
  • providing support and guidance to the assigned center parent committees; and
  • meeting with head teachers on a monthly basis to discuss the plan for families. 

Develop family partnership agreement plans collaboratively with parents by:
  • establishing working relationship with families through home visits and understanding and respecting each family’s cultures;
  • assisting in the development of a comprehensive family partnership agreement plan for each assigned family and identify short-term goals and resource needs;
  • providing information about available community services and how to utilize them;
  • providing referral information and support as needed;
  • assisting parents in recognizing family risk factors, such as domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse, illegal immigration status, homelessness;
  • assisting parents in developing a plan to resolve the issues, including referral to domestic violence shelters, counseling, drug treatment programs, immigration advisers, shelters and transitional housing;
  • following up with families to assess appropriateness of referrals;
  • providing ongoing support and guidance to families as needed; and
  • facilitating the identification and attainment of long-range goals. 

Develop a health plan for each child and family by:
  • gathering information on current health status of the family, including health history (within 45 days), nutrition questionnaire (within 45 days), latest physical examination that include immunizations (within 90 days) and latest dental examination (within 90 days);
  • obtain information on current health insurance and medical/dental homes from the family;
  • assisting families in obtaining health insurance and establishing medical/dental homes as needed;
  • assisting families in providing adequate health care for their child, including obtaining well child physicals and immunizations;
  • promoting the importance of preventive and on-going health services for all family members, including eating proper foods and engaging in physical activities;
  • and assisting parents in developing health plans for all members of the family. 

Meet monthly with the Family Services Coordinator to review the progress on the current situations of each family.
Assist with the coordination of monthly meetings and events that encourage parents to be involved in the program by:
  • assisting with providing knowledgeable and engaging speakers and trainers for the monthly EOPK and Head Start Parent Committee meetings;
  • assisting with tasks for bi-weekly EOPK group socials;
  • assisting in the development of Father/Male Involvement activities and events for both the EOPK and Head Start programs that will strengthen the role that male members of a family will have with a child; and
  • assisting with tasks for monthly Policy Council meetings such as maintaining the member roster, ordering and setting up the meal, distributing agendas and minutes and other tasks as needed. 

Maintain accurate record keeping and report information as requested by:
  • documenting all home visits, goals, follow-ups and contacts;
  • completing all record keeping accurately and in a timely manner; and
  • completing monthly reports and to submitted to the Family Services Coordinator. 

Attend all program staff and Neighborhood House all-staff meetings and trainings.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, family studies or related field and two (2) years of experience social work, psychology, or family studies; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and troubleshooting skills. Knowledge of adult learning styles and family dynamics. Knowledge of community resources and the procedures for referring families.
Basic understanding of the health, safety, and nutrition needs of children and developmental appropriate education curriculum.  Ability to speak conversationally in multiple languages is preferable.
Demonstrated proficiency in handling matters of a highly sensitive confidential nature; ability to assume a high degree of responsibility; ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals and groups; and ability to work independently. Ability to appropriately assess and handle crises, solve problems and motivate adults to make change.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures and communicate effectively with those whose English language skills are limited. Excellent oral and written communication and ability to communicate professionally with clients, families, service providers, community members and co-workers.  Excellent interpersonal skills in the areas of problem-solving, conflict resolution, group planning, and decision-making processes.  Ability to work as a team player. 
Position Considerations:
  • Ability to obtain Food Handler’s Card is required and reimbursed by Neighborhood House.
  • Must successfully complete enrollment in Oregon Child Care Registry and reimbursed by Neighborhood House.
  • Must complete post-offer physical exam and TB test.
  • Require own vehicle transportation, a valid driver's license, and have/maintain car insurance acceptable to Neighborhood House's insurance provider.
  • Must pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment. 
To apply, submit résumé and cover letter via one of the following methods:
E-mail: (job title must be in e-mail subject line)
U.S. Mail:
Human Resources/ Family Advocate/Parent Involvement Assistant
Neighborhood House
7780 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR 97219
For more information call Steve Johnson at 503-246-1663 ext. 1107