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Health, Disabilities, and Family Engagement Advocate (Bilingual Spanish OR Portuguese- Required)

South Amboy, NJ 08879
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$11.80 - $18.07
Full-time, Part-time

Are you a socially conscious, dedicated individual who is committed to building a better future for children, families, and their communities? If so, join us as we support early childhood education programs across the country to create positive outcomes for the children and families served.

The Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocate uses knowledge of the principles of family engagement to support families in their roles as their child's primary educator, encourage parent/child interactions that promote children's school readiness and healthy development, and enhance family well-being. The Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocate takes the lead to build social networks among families and enhance family leadership and advocacy skills through participation in Head Start governance and other Center and community based leadership opportunities. The Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocate will work as a member of a team whose primary role is to engage families to partner with us to promote children's healthy development and school readiness. In their specialized role, the Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocates are responsible for working with their team members and the Health and Nutrition Coordinators to assure that all children in their assigned Centers are up to date on EPSDT requirements, receive health follow up on acute and chronic conditions, and have medical and dental homes. They will also provide individualized support to a caseload of families whose children have chronic health and nutrition conditions and special needs. In this role, they will collaborate with Health and Nutrition Coordinators and Early Learning Disabilities Specialists/Disabilities/MH Coordinators to assist with family support, care coordination, goal setting and follow up to align home and school interventions and enhance families' capacity to meet their children's special needs. This position strengthens our Head Start program's ability to provide tailored, individualized support to a subset of families whose children's health conditions and special needs often require enhanced knowledge and capacity to navigate community based medical, mental health and special education systems. In addition, this role serves a critical coordinating function between service areas in our program by assuring that all staff have the information needed to support the children's health and well-being. This position supports the larger system of social services coordinated by Head Start thereby supporting the goals of the program and may involve reassignment of caseload and/or center location as deemed necessary for program operations. The Family Engagement/Health & Disabilities Advocate's responsibilities primarily fall within the following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as needed: * Promote Family Environments that Enhance Children's Development * Assure EPSDT Adherence * Support Families of Children with Chronic Health Conditions or Special Needs * Maintain Internal and External Service Coordination * Maintain Accurate and Timely Record Keeping and Reporting * Family Partnerships and Services * Community Partnerships * Service Coordination Job Requirements: * AA or BA Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Human Services, Family Services, Counseling or a related field preferred, OR AA or BA in another field with a commitment to complete Family Services/Certificate/Credential within * 18 months of hire. We will also consider candidates with a High School Diploma with 3 years experience working in the community with families and a completed Family Development Certificate or Credential * Bilingual (in Spanish) required * A passion for achieving positive child and family outcomes through high quality family engagement * Experience, training, and skill assisting the parents of young children to advocate for their families * Advanced computer literacy in email, word processing and internet navigation Addtiional Requirements: * Ability to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed * Ability to obtain certification in CPR and First Aid * Pass physical examination, background check, and fingerprinting screen

Why Acelero Learning or Shine Early Learning?
- Ability to make an impact in the lives of the children, families, and partners we serve
- Career growth and professional development opportunities
- Supportive working environment
- Average of 5 weeks of paid time off during 1st year of employment
- Comprehensive benefits, including 401K matching and 100% vesting program

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and healthy work place.


Social and Human Service Assistants


High School or Equivalent


3 to 20+ years

Job type

Full time

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