Family Advocate

Sunbeam Family Services
Published
January 13, 2020
Location
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Category
Other  
Job Type

Description

Position Description:

The ECS Family Advocate will assess, plan and deliver appropriate activities designed to identify strengths and challenges, develop and meet family goals, and to facilitate the learning and growth of all designated family members. These services may be delivered in a center-based setting or in a home-based program option.

All employees and volunteers are expected to be sensitive to our clients’ cultural and socio-economic characteristics, reflect Sunbeam Family Services core values and to perform at Sunbeam’s standards of excellence at all times.

Our core values are:

  • Champion Spirit – We work like a champion every day: paying attention to details and performing with excellence
  • Servant Heart – We exhibit humility in serving everyone; no job is below anyone and we all pull together to get the work done
  • Sunny Attitude –We bring a smile and a positive attitude. We treat each other with respect, ensuring an energized work environment

Essential Functions:

The ECS Family Advocate will work to ensure children and families receive comprehensive services according to Head Start Performance standards by:

  • Promoting, encouraging and displaying examples of leadership for the agency in accordance with the agency mission driven, employee first culture.
  • Demonstrating capacity for providing developmentally appropriate and evidence-based practice, for exemplifying the values expected within the program, and for promoting the mission of the organization.
  • Demonstrating capacity for providing developmentally appropriate and evidence-based practice curriculum, promote and enhance the parent-child relationship, and to develop families as life-long learners and advocates for their children.
  • Recruiting, enrolling and obtaining appropriate and complete records of children and families. Ensure regular, ongoing, and documented communication with families.
  • Conducting home visits, either as in conjunction with education staff for center-based families, or weekly for home-based program option, as well as for any social service need, to facilitate the delivery of all EHS/HS component areas.
  • Planning, coordinating, and conducting parent engagement activities, home-based socializations and parent educational opportunities for families according to the family needs assessment.
  • Actively participating in parent or group meetings, community collaborations and affiliations in order to advocate for Head
  • Start children and families.
  • Performing record keeping, electronically and in hard-copy, including written documentation, scheduled reports, and mandated reporting, in a timely, accurate, and confidential manner.

Other Duties:

  • Provide support for other duties needed in keeping with our mission, vision and values.

Position Qualifications:

Education:

  • BA/BS in social work, education or a related field

Experience:

  • Experience in social services or related field
  • Two years of experience in related field preferred

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Understanding of Head Start/Early Head Start performance standards and state and local child care license requirements
  • Excellent written and verbal communication to include intermediate knowledge of computer operations and applications and the ability to master other computer technology/software programs, as needed
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Previous knowledge and understanding of ChildPlus preferred
  • Advanced computer database and Microsoft Office software skills preferred
  • Previous knowledge and understanding of NAEYC preferred

Abilities:

  • Must work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Exercise independent judgment
  • Communicate in a professional manner, demonstrating dignity and respect for our internal, external and community members
  • Process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials
  • Sustained concentration to detail and accuracy, along with the ability to prioritize workload
  • Willingness to work with high-risk, low-income communities
  • Must be able to travel and work some evenings and weekends as required by the job
  • Local travel required and must have valid Oklahoma driver’s license and insurance as required by the position
  • Bilingual Spanish/English speaking preferred

Additional Job Requirements

  • Must pass required background check, TB and Physical

Work Schedule

  • Office hours follow business hours and may vary with supervisor approval; may include occasional evening and weekends.

Working Conditions:

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to physically interact with children, including talk, hear, sit, stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and lift and or move children and items of up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Frequent sitting, working at computer keyboard and desk, regular standing to file, train and perform other office functions. Must be able to clearly hear and understand telephone conversations.

Work Environment

The employee will work in an office environment, may work in close quarters with other staff and small children. The noise level in the work environment varies from moderate to loud; frequent chaotic situations will occur, characteristic to working with children ages 0 – 5 years. Employee must expect exposure to strong odors such as soiled diapers and clothes, and poor hygiene. May come into contact with childhood diseases and blood on occasion.

Other

The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel or candidate and may be subject to change at any time.

To Apply for this Job:

Please visit https://sunbeamfamilyservices.org/careers/ to apply.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

We are proud to be an EEO/AA/MF/Vets/Disabled.

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