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Family Advocate

Department: EHS Home-Based
Location: Middleton, WI

BENEFITS:

  • medical, dental, vision
  • sick and vacation time
  • free life insurance and long term disability
  • 4 % 403(b) plan match after 2 years
  • flexible spending accounts

POSITION SPECIFIC DETAILS: 
Hours: 40 hours/week, Full Year
Location: Early Head Start West - 6602 University Ave., Middleton

Pay: $18.35

SUMMARY: 
The Family Advocate is responsible for developing a trusting relationship with EHS parents as a support and resource person. Family Advocates plan, develop and implement appropriate prenatal, family and child development curriculum and other activities including parent socialization events and other parent groups that will enhance the parent/child bond and relationship; reinforce the crucial role of parents as the primary educator of their children; ensure that all special education, health, mental health and nutritional needs of children are met; serve as a positive liaison to other community agencies, provide assistance and guidance to families; assume a lead role in implementing social service coordination by providing on-going comprehensive support and case management services to assigned families which promote positive family development, self-sufficiency and social competency; and assume a lead role in assuring parent involvement through opportunities that foster parent and family growth. Practice with families is informed using Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies and Infant Mental Health principles; Family Advocates work closely with Home Based Managers, Nurses, Mental Health Consultants and other appropriate individuals for support in maintaining effective and appropriate practices.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum educational requirement of a Bachelorís degree in Child Development, Early Childhood, or a related field or in Social Work, Counseling or Nursing, Masterís Degree desired, with experience in the other (non-degree field).
  • A minimum of three years of experience working with low income, multi-cultural families.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or skills in family support and guidance including:
  • Addressing mental health needs, community resource usage, case management and advocacy.      
  • Community development.
  • Effective approaches that support family self-sufficiency
  • Have a valid Wisconsin Driver's License, motor vehicle and adequate liability insurance as required by agency policy and state liability regulations.

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