Duration of employment
45 weeks per year
August 27, 2021
RESPONSIBLE TO: HEAD START SITE SUPERVISOR
Merrick Head Start
GRADE: 6 /NONEXEMPT
- 2-year degree in Social Work, Human Services, or other related field, and one year of experience in social work, human services or in a community family service organization.
- Must possess strong written and oral communication skills.
- Good computer knowledge.
- Experience working with low-income families, knowledge of agencies and services available to address the needs of families in Onondaga County.
- Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends, a valid New York State driver license and accessibility by telephone.
- Possess strong self-starting skills and compassion for clients.
- Bi-lingual ability preferred in those target areas where a second language predominates.
- Preschool child development experience also preferred.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Provide family development services to Center Base Head Start participants.
- Identify, in conjunction with each family, the families social service needs and conduct Family Partnership Agreements that provide for appropriate family action plans within 60 days of enrollment and follow-up 30-45 days after a plan is developed and as needed.
- Utilize family action plans to assist each assigned Head Start family in efforts to improve the conditions and quality of family life.
- Provide crisis intervention, emergency assistance, counseling, information and referral services to Head Start families. Ensure provision of referrals, and follow-up of needed services.
- Conduct home visits when required with a minimum of 3 for each family.
- Advocate on behalf of families to assure complete utilization of available services.
- Facilitate and conduct case conferences with program staff involved with the family as necessary.
- Maintain caseload as assigned.
- Utilize community resources.
- Establish and maintain successful working relationships and partnerships with community resources.
- Increase family awareness of community resources and facilitate their use.
- Work in conjunction with program staff to plan and implement parent meetings and other parent activities to support In-kind.
- Arrange to provide adult education program information and referrals based on parent surveys.
- Attend all centers based and component meetings and serve as the liaison between center staff and parents as required.
- Participate in the planning and implementation of Parent Involvement activities, In-kind documentation, including getting volunteers for the program, center activities, and other in-kind contributions.
- Encourage parent involvement in all areas of the program.
- Assist and plan for orientation and final registration of assigned families to your center.
- Attend placement meetings.
- Document in each file and in the myHeadStart database.
- Document interactions and contacts with individual families and maintain case notes.
- Document home visits as required along with steps in the Family Partnership Agreement and follow up.
- Maintain data and document change of status (COS) related to the family in the myHeadStart database and in individual folder.
- Conduct follow up when a child is absent from programming and maintain attendance or start an attendance agreement if not at 85%.
- Maintain data and statistics for the Program Information Report (PIR) using the “Service report” and the myHeadStart database and submit monthly.
- Maintain monthly data for enrollment, attendance, and over income families and submit monthly report.
- Participate in training and in-service sessions to further knowledge and experiences as they relate to the Head Start Performance Standards.
- Maintain confidentiality of all family and child records and all other matters relating to families.
- Perform all other duties as they relate to the comprehensive team approach of the Head Start philosophy.
- Report incidences of child abuse and neglect as a mandated reporter.
- Adhere to relevant health and safety policies and procedures.