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

  • Family Advocate - Early Head Start Program

    Job Location US-NJ-Trenton
    Posted Date 10 months ago(5/10/2019 12:43 PM)
  • Overview

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


    Flexible and varied work schedule, including evenings and weekends as required. Schedule will be determined and coordinated by the EHS/Head Start Executive Director. Candidates must have a car and valid driver’s license as travel throughout Trenton is required.


    Work Location: Early Head Start Center, Trenton, New Jersey


    12 Month Position


    Positions Available:  2


    Essential Responsibilities and Performance Indicators:

    • Ensure that as a Family Advocate you meet program requirements as outlined in th Head Start Performance Standards 1302.10 – 1302.18 Sub Part A (ERSEA) and 1302.34, and Sub Part E 1302.50 – 1302.53
    • Process Head Start and Abbott applicants and screen for their eligibility under Head Start Standards, Abbott and the organization’s eligibility procedures.
    • Work with parent leaders to organize parent and center committee meetings.
    • Work in collaboration with other program content areas to ensure parent engage is present in all aspects of child development.
    • Coordinate family activities with classroom activities.
    • Conduct three home visits a year per family: Orientation home visit two home visits with classroom teacher.
    • Support parent understanding of their child goals for learning in conjunction with teaching staff.
    • Complete Family Needs Assessments for 100% of the clients assigned to your caselod.
    • Help families identify and access needed resources: health, mental health, social services, education, employment and training.
    • Develop a Family Partnership agreement in collaboration with program participants for a minimum of 80% of all families within your caseload.
    • Help families learn how to advocate for needed resources when necessary.
    • Assist classroom staff and parents in developing transition plans for Head Start children entering public school.
    • Ensure accurate and up to date records are maintained according to the performance standards and the agency’s recordkeeping requirements.
    • Conduct and record medical screening for vision, height, and weight as required.
    • Follow Policies and Procedure to document all work with families from program entry until the family transition out of Head Start.
    • Administer attendance and late arrival/pickup policies.
    • Assist other Head Start staff with projects as requested.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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