Head Start Family Service Worker

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Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
1. Engage parents in identifying needs and developing intervention plans.
2. Act as advocate for children and families; assist with identifying needs and accessing services.
3. Assist with recruitment, screening, and enrollment as needed.
4. Provide support and crisis intervention with families and children involved with the program.
5. Advocate for children and families by assisting in the identifying and coordination of support services.
6. Plan and implement activities that teach parents/guardians child development/child management, nutrition education, health education, dental education, mental health education, use of community resources, and adult education.
7. Intervene when there are problems with attendance.
8. Participate in home visits.
9. Work in a collaborative effort with agency/community resources to provide wrap around services to families in order to strengthen and enable them to function independently, to improve their capacity to function as a healthy family, or if needed, to find appropriate alternatives for the care of the children.
10. Keep abreast of local, state, and national legislation and changes that effect component.
11. Facilitate parent support groups.
12. Conduct parent, child, and staff training sessions.
13. Work cooperatively as a member of a team with program staff and community resources.
14. Responsible for keeping client files in order and up to date.
15. Responsible for working with team members, supervisor, child, families, and community contacts in a manner that is conducive to the philosophy and mission of the program and agency.
16. Seek and receive continued professional training.
17. Monitor health, nutrition, mental health, social service, and dental needs for each child; participate in developing plans, providing activities and ensuring needs are met in each area for each child. Work flexible hours to accommodate the needs of the program and clients.
18. Facilitate parent involvement in program.
19. Cooperate in any investigation related to personnel, licensing, accreditation or other circumstances.
20. Attend and participate in departmental and agency staff meetings, training, and planning sessions.
21. Participate in home visits as needed to enhance case management.
22. Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor or other management.
23. Maintain positive and effective communication with fellow delegate agencies, the grantee, and other program affiliates.
24. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with parents, staff and public.
25. Have reliable transportation and driver’s license for travel.
26. Demonstrates a commitment to the welfare of the families the program serves, and to the delivery of quality services.
27. Acts as a representative of the YWCA/Head Start Program at all times.
28. May be required to travel using personal vehicle during the course of work.

  • B.A degree in Social Work, Psychology, Family Life or other related field.
  • At least 1 year of case management experience preferred.
  • Head Start experience preferred.
This job requires a bachelor's degree and 1 year of experience.

This job has some special requirements. You must possess a private drivers license, pass an employment test, pass a physical examination and undergo a reference or security check.

Must have current driver's license and valid insurance on vehicle for travel between sites