Family Advocate - Orange City

Mid-Sioux Opportunity Remsen, IA
WANTED: Family Advocate. 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. Position is based out of Orange City. Eligible for benefits, including IPERS. Associates degree in Social Work, Human Services, Early Childhood or related field required. Bachelors degree preferred. Two years experience in human services, social services, adult education and/or early childhood education preferred. Duties include completing home visits with Early Head Start families in Lyon & Sioux counties and facilitating monthly parent meetings/socializations. Valid drivers license, insurance, and reliable transportation required. 1-800-859-2025. An Equal Opportunity Employer.


* Associates Degree in Social Work, Human Services, Early Childhood or related field required. Bachelors Degree preferred.

* Able to stand, walk, sit, bend, stoop, push and pull regularly.

* Lift up to 10 pounds often; lift up to 20 pounds occasionally; lift over 20 pounds rarely.


* Two years of experience in human services, social services, adult education and/or early childhood education preferred.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills.

* Excellent organizational and computer skills.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

* Able to relate to low resource pregnant women, infants, toddlers, preschool children, families and staff in a positive manner.

* Be knowledgeable of Head Start/Early Head Start Service Plan, Procedures, and Performance Standards.

* Establish and maintain a supportive environment for families.

* Effectively communicate with parents on an ongoing basis including face-face, newsletters, phone calls, email, and documentation of all communication.

* Weekly contacts and home-visits required with all HS/EHS/CDC families. Families may be high-risk with DHS involvement that will require frequent visits, phone contacts, etc.

* Collaborate with staff to ensure that the needs of the family are met and families receive full benefits of our programs.

* Assist families in assessing strengths and needs. Help families use the results of the assessment to develop goals. Follow up and support family efforts to achieve these goals.

* Develop a plan to meet the needs of families concerning any education or skills requested, partnering with other educational facilities to receive training materials or trainers.

* Promote positive discipline to families through educational materials, tapes and role modeling.

* Make appropriate referrals and follow-up on referrals to ensure that the family receives appropriate services.

* Complete home-visits, reports, scanning, paperwork and documentation accurately and in a timely manner.

* Facilitate the organization of monthly parent meetings/socializations. Serve as a resource in planning and conducting those meetings.

* Provide transportation for representatives to monthly evening Policy Council meetings and attend networking sessions.

* Transport children and families to WIC, medical and dental appointments.

* Assist in meeting in-kind program requirements.

* Collect anecdotal notes that are current, ongoing, factual and objective on children and enter into the Teaching Strategies online GOLD.

* Use ongoing assessment information to improve curriculum implementation and individualize learning experiences.

* Visit assigned families following program guidelines to involve parents in activities which enhance their role as the primary influence on their childs education and development by utilizing P.A.T. curriculum.

* Work with Health Specialist to promote and instill the importance of prenatal care, good nutrition, healthcare of an infant, breastfeeding, birth control, smoking cessation, parenting classes, substance abuse or other health education classes.

* Partner with community resources and parents in providing services to families and children where necessary.

* Represent HS/EHS by attending community planning council meetings.

* Participate in HS/EHS recruitment process.

* Collaborate with center team in transitioning the families.

* Promote best dental practices to children and parents.

* Able to work flexible hours without direct supervision, including some evenings.

* Responsible for contributing to a positive and productive work environment.

* Follow HS/EHS cleaning procedures to maintain a clean and sanitary office environment.

* Other duties as assigned.

Other Conditions of Employment:

* Submit to the Department of Human Services Criminal History and a Request for Child Abuse Information Records Check upon employment and every two (2) years thereafter.

* Submit to FBI National Fingerprint Criminal History Check within 30 days and every four (4) years thereafter.

* Submit to a Motor Vehicle Records check prior to employment and every year thereafter.

* Complete a Physical Exam prior to employment.

* Complete a Tuberculosis Screening or Assessment prior to employment.

* Complete mandatory reporter training within 6 months of hire and every 5 years thereafter.

* Adhere to Head Start/Early Head Start Standards of Conduct.

* Sign and maintain required confidentiality statement.

* Must have a valid class D drivers license, insurance and reliable transportation.

* Attend required in-services, trainings, orientations and meetings.

* Must be able to complete job duties as described with reasonable accommodations.