Family Advocate I (Head Start - North Hollywood) at Volunteers of America Los...
Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.
Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (ages 2 – 5) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Head Start positions are generally Monday through Friday, 7:45 am to 4:15 pm (10-1/2 months per year).
The Family Advocate I works with the Head Start staff to provide children with a learning environment that supports each child’s age-appropriate development and prepares them to be school-ready. Under direct supervision, the Family Advocate I:
- Manages a caseload of families; makes regular home visits within established requirements
- Interviews parent(s) and compiles mandated background information; assists families with identifying family goals
- Maintains outreach and recruitment to ensure site enrollment of eligible children; Establishes child file; collects, maintains, updates and disseminates information, as needed
- Ensures parent participation and involvement
- Provides health-related services to children such as vision and hearing screenings
- Establishes and maintains contacts with community-based service organizations and resources; initiates and follows-up on referral process in conjunction with families, teachers, and service support staff
- Actively participates in classroom environment and with parent volunteers; works with a team to ensure safety and security of children
- Prepares and submits required reports and administrative forms; inputs, retrieves and updates data in the electronic database.
- Must have a minimum of twelve (12) units in early childhood education or child development
- Must have high school diploma or equivalent experience working with children at home or in an educational program
- Must be actively pursuing a Child Development Permit and further education
- Must have excellent computer skills including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Must have first aid and CPR certifications
- Must have valid California driver’s license and access to dependable automobile with adequate insurance in order to make home visits and/or to travel to different school and office sites
- Fingerprint clearance required prior to employment
- Must have physical examination at the time of employment
- Must have TB clearance at the time of employment issued within past 6 months; TB clearance must be renewed annually
- Must be physically able to lift up to 50 lbs, to move quickly and to perform duties requiring squatting and kneeling in order to interact with children in a very busy environment
- Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral) preferred