The Children's Home Society of New Jersey - Toms River

  • Temporary Family Advocate - Head Start Program - 3 Month Assignment

    Job Location US-NJ-Trenton
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/26/2018 3:27 PM)
  • Overview

    The position of Temporary Family Advocate is responsible for creating and implementing successful Family Partnership with families of Head Start and the Community; and for advocating on behalf of all Head Start Families.


    Expected Length of Assignment: 3 Months


    Work Location:  Head Start Center,  1198Southard Street, Trenton, New Jersey


    Essential Responsibilities and Performance Indicators:

    • Ensure that as a Family Advocate they meet all program objectives.
    • Process Head Start applicants and screen for qualification under Head Start program guidelines.
    • Organize orientation for parents and center committee meetings.
    • Assist staff to involve parents in meeting education, health, and social service component performance standards.
    • Assist staff and parents in evaluating parent involvement in the program.
    • Coordinate family activities with classroom activities.
    • Organize monthly Center Parent Meetings with Head Teacher.
    • Conduct three home visits a year per family: Orientation home visit two home visits with classroom teacher.
    • Review parents’ goals for their children with teaching staff.
    • Help families identify and access needed resources: health, mental health, social services, education, and training. Help families learn how to reform these institutions when necessary.

    Maintain Professional and Ethical Standards:

    • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with Agency policy and legal requirements.
    • Respect and maintain rights and privacy of all staff, parents, and children. Maintain HIPAA compliances of all confidential information.
    • Attend mandated trainings and meetings, and seek out staff development opportunities.
    • Work as a team member with all Head Start and agency staff and maintain a positive work ethic.
    • Adhere to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and NASW Code of Ethics.



    Educational Requirements:

    Minimum of a credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work Preferred.


    Experience Requirements:

    Experience in fields related to social, human, or family services.


    Additional Qualifications:

    • Work experience with multicultural populations.
    • Ability to write reports and correspondence, and read and interpret documents
    • Knowledge of various software programs such as MS Word, Excel, Power-Point, and Publisher. ChildPlus software or equivalent a plus
    • Ability to effectively engage and communicate with community members and groups, managers, regulatory agencies, and families both individually and in group settings
    • Ability to organize and manage time effectively


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