The Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocate will work as a member of a team whose primary role is to engage families to partner with us to promote children’s healthy development and school readiness. In their specialized role, the Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocate is responsible for working with their team members and the Health and Nutrition Coordinators to assure that all children in their assigned Centers are up to date on EPSDT requirements, receive health follow up on acute and chronic conditions, and have medical and dental homes. They will also provide individualized support to a sub-setof families on their caseload whose children have chronic health and nutrition conditions and special needs. In this role, they will collaborate with Health and Nutrition Coordinators and Early Learning and Inclusion Specialists and Center Directors to assist with family support, care coordination, goal setting and follow up to align home and school interventions and enhance families’ capacity to meet their children’s special needs.
We believe all families share the same aspirations for their children and have the ability to significantly contribute to their children’s development and learning. The Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocate’s position strengthens our Head Start program’s ability to provide more targeted support to families who may require additional resources to achieve these outcomes. The position may involve reassignment of caseload and/or traveling to more than one center as deemed necessary for program operations.
The Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocate’s responsibilities primarily fall within the following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as needed:
Promote Family Environments that Enhance Children’s Development
Support Families to Meet Self-Identified Goals
Assure EPSDT Adherence
Support Families of Children with Chronic Health Conditions or Special Needs
Maintain Internal and External Service Coordination
Assure Accurate and Timely Record Keeping and Reporting
AA or BA Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Human Services, Family Services, Counseling or a related field preferred, OR AA or BA in another field with a commitment to complete Family Services/Certificate/Credential within 18 months of hire. We will also consider candidates with a High School Diploma with 3 years experience working in the community with families and a completed Family Development Certificate or Credential
Bilingual (in Spanish) required
A passion for achieving positive child and family outcomes through high quality family engagement
Experience, training, and skill assisting the parents of young children to advocate for their families
Advanced computer literacy in email, word processing and internet navigation
Ability to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed
Ability to obtain certification in CPR and First Aid
Pass physical examination, background check, and fingerprinting screen
The mission of Acelero Learning is to bring a relentless focus on positive family and child outcomes to close the achievement gap and build a better future for children, families, and communities served by the Head Start program.
We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and healthy work place.