The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston mission is to deliver exceptional care and education for infants and young children and support families’ efforts to be effective parents and advocates in their child’s learning and development
As the Family Advocate, he or she works to insure families receive comprehensive, coordinated support services with a focus on prevention with a minimum of 39 Families. The Advocate provides ongoing, individualized support services to children and families enrolled in Early Head Start. The Family Advocate is responsible for coordination of various meetings, trainings and activities that involve families. The Family Advocate also supports the ERSEA Specialist with services that insure program enrollment occurs and is maintained. The Family Advocate must support implementation of the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
ESSSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Establish a comfortable working relationship with families beginning at the time of enrollment.
Assists families in developing Family Partnership Agreement based on strengths and needs.
Work with families, center staff, center directors, to help identify all needs of assigned children and families, including special needs of children.
Provides parent education of Early Head Start policies as required.
Acts as a liaison and advocate for families to assure providers and agencies are user friendly to Early Head Start families.
Empowers and encourage families to make use of all identified resources. Ensure case notes are written accurately and in a timely manner using current data system.
Works as a team with center directors, staff, and community resources to plan and implement all required screenings and evaluations of children including health and disabilities.
Informs parents of the need to schedule and keep appointments for all screenings, evaluations and follow-up services.
Encourages families to participate in parent orientation, parent committee meetings, Policy Council/Committee and other parent activities.
Work with center directors to provide childcare for children/siblings when necessary during parent activities.
Follows child attendance referral procedures as outlined in policies.
Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards, philosophy and mission desirable.
CERTFICATES AND LICENSES
Certification in Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Pediatric First Aid (within six months of employment).
A physical exam by a licensed health provider, certifying good health and freedom from communicable diseases, along with a negative result for a tuberculosis test, with six months prior to the date of hire.
Freedom from conviction or pending charges of criminal activities as described in the State of Illinois Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers.
Valid Driver’s License and vehicle insurance
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standards exists.
The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to, handle, touch, carry and otherwise perform the duties described herein. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; carry; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employees must be able to communicate verbally as well as hear children and adults communicating even when not directly speaking to the employee.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
Internal Number: Job # 2200
About Infant welfare society of Evanston
Now in its 104th year, The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE)’s mission is to deliver exceptional care and education for infants and young children and support families' efforts to be effective parents and advocates in their child's learning and development. IWSE is committed to eliminating barriers to critical early childhood education and vital family supports, ensuring that all children can reach their full potential. IWSE serves nearly 150 low-income and at-risk children and their parents in Evanston and its surrounding communities through three core programs: