Company: Austin Independent School District
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Openings as of 12/10/2020
- Head Start Family Advocate JobID: 35649
- Position Type:
06 - Admin Support/Secretarial/Clerical
- Date Posted:
- Date Available:
- For Fiscal Year:
- This position is grant-funded and continuation is contingent on
renewal of the grant.
This position requires a high school diploma or GED. Prefer a
minimum of two years of college or a Bachelors degree. Incumbent
must have a minimum of two (2) years of experience in child
development, early childhood education, social services, adult
education, community organizations, parent engagement, Head Start,
or related fields. Per Head Start regulations, incumbent must have
within 18 months of hire, at a minimum, a credential or
certification in social work, human services, family services,
counseling or a related field. Bilingual in English and Spanish
(written and oral) preferred.
Incumbent must have effective communication skills, both oral and
written. Incumbent should be able to work with a diverse
population. Incumbent must have demonstrated competence in
supporting families and identifying cultural needs. Incumbent must
have skills in dealing with sensitive family situations in a
non-threatening and professional manner. Incumbent will have
demonstrated effective approaches to collaboration with internal
and external partners. Incumbent must have knowledge of early
childhood education and intervention. Incumbent will have computer
literacy and familiarity with MS Office, including knowledge of
working with databases. Incumbent must have a valid Texas drivers
license, or have the ability to obtain one.
JOB PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY:
Promote, facilitate and develop family wellness and parent/family
engagement in AISD Head Start program, while acting as a liaison
between classroom and home settings in the areas of health and
family services. This includes building capacity for parent
leadership, working with community groups to engage and support
parents, and identifying resources for parents and families. Must
learn and follow Head Start Program Performance Standards and all
relevant AISD policies and procedures. Maintain and manage a
minimum caseload of 50 families throughout the year, and assist in
recruiting additional eligible families. Collaborate to plan and
implement all required screenings and evaluations of children;
complete all documentation and required follow-up services; outline
clearly to parents the results of all screenings and evaluations
and the need for additional follow-up services. Conduct initial
eligibility screening of families, including verification of
income, ensuring all documentation obtained are accurate and
complete, and begin the application/enrollment process, and ensure
ongoing eligibility in AISDs Head Start program. Implement
research-based parenting curriculum that builds on parents
knowledge and offers parents the opportunity to practice parenting
skills to promote childrens learning and development.
- Follow Head Start Program Performance Standards and all
relevant AISD policies and procedures.
- Maintain and manage a caseload of approximately 50 families
throughout the year, including home visits and assisting in
recruiting additional eligible families.
- Document in Head Start-specific software (e.g. Child Plus)
information obtained through family contacts, disability services,
enrollment and health screenings as required.
- While respecting family confidentiality, regularly share
information with teachers to ensure coordinated services that meet
the needs of individual children and families.
- Encourage participation in Head Start Policy Council meetings
as well as other events or trainings.
- Assist the ERSEA/Budget Compliance Manager in identifying and
recruiting eligible families, including the recruitment of children
with disabilities to ensure full enrollment in Head Start
classrooms, including scheduling site tours, orientation meetings,
as well as assisting families with documentation.
- Meet face-to-face with Head Start families, as required in
- Work with families from the point of application and intake to
the program and throughout their enrollment and determine familys
- Process applications on a timely basis and assign priority
points according to pre-approved priority guidelines; verify that
applications are complete and follow-up on incomplete
- Create and maintain application folders for each applicant by
ensuring that all relevant documents (including copies of all
correspondence) are correct and immediately included in the file,
and that all conversations are documented in both the childrens
file and on the database system.
- Support ERSEA/Budget Compliance Manager and teachers in
educating parents on attendance and tardiness policy.
- Work in collaboration with families, staff, and external
consultants to help identify all needs of assigned children and
families, including special needs of children. Establish links and
working relationships with appropriate service providers and
- In partnership with teachers, outline clearly to parents the
results of all screenings and evaluations and the need for
additional follow-up services, including immunizations, health,
disability, and social services.
- Recognize parents as their childrens primary teachers and
nurturers and support parent-child relationships, including
specific strategies for father engagement; conduct services in the
familys preferred language, to the extent possible, ensuring
families have the opportunity to share personal information in an
environment in which they feel safe.
- Organize and provide ongoing parent/family/community engagement
events based on research-based curriculum and meetings in
coordination with campus and district staff, and other community
- Establish and maintain productive working relationships with
campus staff and parents/families/community and community resource
- Collaborate closely with the Parent Support Specialist and
other support staff on campus (e.g. Communities in Schools).
- Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED:
Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees
are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations
driven by need where a team effort is required.
PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Services are provided in the school/office environment and will
involve some local travel to visit homes. Incumbent must have own
transportation and be willing to work evenings and weekends when
necessary. This position may involve rare exposure to blood or body
fluids. Regular attendance is required for this position.
PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS:
Incumbent reports to the Head Start Director, with support and
training provided by the AISD Parent Support Office Staff.
Incumbent will consult frequently with teachers, principals,
counselors, and other campus staff. Incumbent will be in regular
contact with school staff, students, and families.
Duty Days: 260
Pay Grade: IS5
Starting Salary: $17.34/Hr
Comprehensive Benefits Package
Employee Discount Program
Closing Date: Until Filled
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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