Family Advocate

Chicago, IL

     

CBU Status:         Union                                

Position Responsibilities:

  • Maintain all records regarding health services (physical exams, dental exams, hearing and vision screenings, heights and weights, as well as any asthma action plans, or food allergies) according to Head Start/Early Head Start performance standards.  Enter all health-related information into COPA in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for communicating with teaching staff about children’s health needs
  • Notifies parents of expiration of health requirements in a timely manner
  • Responsible for obtaining child health histories from social worker/intake
  • Checks classroom First Aid kits and replenishes them as needed; maintains First Aid kit supply logs
  • Participates in the program’s annual self-assessment and community assessment
  • Completes Family Partnership Agreements with all families.  Follows up on progress on goals every three months.  Documents all follow up in COPA.
  • Maintains a strong system of resource and referral for families including formal and informal partnerships
  • Assists Family Services Manager, Family Advocate Coordinator and Family & Community Engagement Coordinator with all parent involvement activities and events including monthly parent policy committee meetings and special center events
  • Maintains all children’s files in an organized and confidential manner
  • Takes daily attendance in classrooms and enters attendance in COPA daily by 10:30 AM according to Head Start standards.  Contacts parents of children who are absent to learn reason for absence by 10:30 AM daily.  This contact is entered in COPA.
  • Assists parents with transition process.  Notifies parents of children’s transition into new classroom and meets with new teacher to share information regarding child’s health status and potential dietary needs.
  • Responsible for compliance with all agency requirements, as well as DCFS licensing requirements, Head Start performance standards and NAEYC standards
  • Participates in recruitment for program twice monthly or as assigned
  • Participates in monthly all staff meetings, and attends all mandated meetings and trainings
  • Maintains a current Illinois Gateways Registry membership
  • Participates in 20 hours of professional development per program year, five hours of which are Gateways approved hours
  • Responsible for the program complying with Erie, the Board of Education and all State licensing requirements and performance standards, including promoting the health and safety of all children, following sanitation procedures and universal precautions, completing a bi-annual physical exam, complying with the Confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect Act as a mandated reporter, as well as the American with Disabilities Act and Erie’s Inclusion Policy.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or related field
  • Illinois Gateways Family Service credential level 5 by 2024
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Upon offer of employment, must complete all forms related to hiring, including Erie’s application and employment status.  Must provide three letters of recommendation.  In addition, must complete all DCFS licensing forms, including a criminal background check, fingerprinting and a child abuse and neglect background check

Position Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or related field
  • Illinois Gateways Family Service credential level 5 by 2024
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Upon offer of employment, must complete all forms related to hiring, including Erie’s application and employment status.  Must provide three letters of recommendation.  In addition, must complete all DCFS licensing forms, including a criminal background check, fingerprinting and a child abuse and neglect background check 


Hiring Locations : Center - 1701 W. Superior St Chicago IL 60622    Teamsters - 1634 W. Van Buren St. Chicago IL 60612 


 Compensation Range: $29,000-$45,000, plus excellent benefit package. 

NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE!

MUST BE A MEMBER OF AFSCME OR JOIN AFTER 30 DAYS

ERIE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

ACCREDITED BY NAEYC & NATIONAL AFTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

RECOGNIZED BY BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS; UNITED WAY MEMBER