Provides comprehensive family support including case management services and information to enhance parenting and ensure optimal child development and school readiness. Identifies and develops community partnerships to help support family access to additional community resources.
Essential Job Duties
Develop and maintain meaningful, supportive and educational relationships with families to help promote self-sufficiency skills and positive outcomes for their children.
Recruit and enroll families into programs at Educare Chicago.
Design, implement, and monitor family development; encourage parent involvement through family meetings and provide adult education opportunities throughout the program.
Conduct periodic home visits to assess the family resources and needs.
Collaborate with internal team to monitor, track and coordinate services for children and families.
Collaborate with external partners to support community engagement and to support family access to additional community resources.
Track and analyze family data to provide accurate program results to partners and team.
Perform additional job-related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Within 18 months of hire, at a minimum, a credential (Gateways) or certification in Social Work
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or Human Services, Family Services, Counseling or related field. Master’s Degree in Social Work preferred.
Minimum of one to three years of experience working with families in a community-based Early Head Start/Head Start or family support program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Knowledge of programs and systems that serve children, families, low-income communities, and communities where Head Start/Early Head Start families live.
Ability to engage culturally diverse populations.
Organized thinker with exceptional attention to detail.
Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to establish supportive relationships with children and families from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to manage work in an environment that can be interrupted by violence.
Knowledge of community resources and capacity to develop community cooperation to ensure that families receive comprehensive services.
Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards and Department of Human Services Child Care program guidelines.
Knowledge of Illinois TANF regulations.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office and classroom conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required to use close vision and be able to focus.
Regularly required to talk and hear; frequently required to sit, stand and bend at the knee and waist, and walk.
Must be able to have repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer.
Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment.
Must be able to physically interact with children.
Must be able to lift up to 5 pounds.
Must be a licensed driver and have ongoing access to an insured vehicle.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.