compensation: $16-$18 per hour employment type: full-time non-profit organization
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The Link Family Resource Center, a nonprofit organization is seeking an individual with Spanish speaking skills. The successful candidate will work with Middle School Students and their families at Judkins and Mesa Middle Schools and be part of a team of professionals dedicated to working with families who need concrete assistance and building protective factors so Middle School youth are successful in school and engaged in their communities.
JOB DESCRIPTION: FAMILY ADVOCATE
20 Hours/week: Judkins Middle School and 20 hours /week: Mesa Middle School
Reports To: Executive Director
Compensation: $16/hr-$18/hr Benefits: Paid Vacation & Holidays and Professional Development
Mileage Reimbursement: Current IRS Rate
The LINK Family Resource Center is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization created in 1998 to identify local resources and services and collaborate with youth and families in accessing them. Over the years, our services have grown to include comprehensive youth development, countywide case management for children and youth in the school districts, homeless prevention services, and the development and coordination of two Family Resource Centers.
Under the direction of the Executive Director The LINK Family Advocate works in partnership with the Lucia Mar USD personnel, Friday Night Live staff and community organizations to provide prevention and early intervention services through schools and in home support as determined.
The LINK Family Advocate works closely with School Personnel in a proactive and confident manner to provide the following services:
• Engage families in the intake-based needs assessment process, create an empowerment plan, and outline goals to accomplish this plan in the Apricot Tool.
• Develop an empowerment plan based on the concerns of the family using their strengths and community resources to achieve the goals.
• Enter In-Take Assessment data, Empowerment Plan data and Goals into the Apricot Tool
• Conduct follow-up on each family and enter findings into the Apricot Tool
• Information and referrals as determined
• Navigate access to community resources and work with families to coordinate services for the purpose of strengthening children, building protective factors of caretakers and the resiliency of youth
• Partner with families to meet concrete, short term needs(such as housing, food etc)
• When there are multiple concerns or needs identified by the family or youth, help organize services and personal introduction to needed resources.
• When additional support is needed and/or when there are multiple issues, concerns or agency involvement, refer to the North County SAFE Coordinator for a SAFE Meeting with the family.
• Represent The LINK at community tables, agency meetings and other planning forums in the northern region of San Luis Obispo County as determined
The primary work of the LINK Family Advocate is in prevention and early intervention services while practicing the following principles:
• 5 Protective Factors
• Strengthening Families
• Keeping children and youth are safe at home and in school
• Ensuring that children and youth remain healthy and out of trouble
• Be present on school sites and/or in resource centers as well as occasional home visitation while working within a team framework.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Actively practice the Principles of Family Support and the 5 Protective Factors.
• Keep informed of community agencies, resources, workshops and classes and attends trainings/sessions when necessary
• Promotes Parent Connection and other parent education opportunities as appropriate
• Conduct as-needed home visits to help open communication and develop a trusting relationship between the family and the family advocate.
• Develop family strengthening plans by facilitating comprehensive and extensive family/youth intake assessments
• Record, compile, and submit online data from said intake/needs assessments into the Apricot Tool
• Ensure completion and collection of all needed data and family strengthening systems on an ongoing, consistent basis.
• Ensure that the resulting family strengthening plan is initiated, modified as needed, the family understands the purpose and intent of the plan and is a full partner in the development of the case plan.
• Interact and communicate with school personnel to identify students at risk.
• Encourage parent participation at all school conferences, parent education nights, and at Individualized Educational Plan meetings.
• Promote and advocate a community wide commitment to a drug free social environment and decrease youth substance and alcohol use and abuse.
• Attend SST (Student Study Teams) or SARB (School Attendance Review as determined
• Facilitate entry of families, youth and children into the SAFE process by ensuring a thorough orientation with the family including who the people/agencies participating, the process that will be used, and the goals and objectives of the program.
• Help coordinate follow up team meetings and action plans for case managed SAFE families, help identify problems and concerns; ensure services are received and encourage families in obtaining self-sufficiency skills and connection to community.
• Ensure that families feel their ideas are validated and implemented throughout the problem-solving and decision making process.
• Share successes, concerns and gaps in services with Executive Director, North County SAFE Coordinator and The Link Family Resource staff.
• Perform other duties as may be appropriate and needed.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Combination of education and experience equal to three years in Early Childhood Development, Family Studies, Psychology and/or Human Services; work and/or volunteer experience in the public sector. Bachelors’ Degree from an accredited college/university is not required but highly desirable.
1. Bilingual English/Spanish.
2. Knowledge of general office skills.
3. Must be able to read and write with good communication and comprehension skills.
4. Must have a good understanding and ability to use office equipment including laptops, cell phones, etc.
5. Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information while working with people of multicultural and/or low-income backgrounds.
6. Must have clear TB Skin Test or Chest X-ray as determined by the Public Health Department.
7. Must have a valid California Driver’s License, and a reliable vehicle available for business use
8. (Mileage reimbursed) and acceptable driving record. Proof of Auto Insurance will be required.
9. Must be able to work cooperatively with staff, community agencies, families and partners.
10. Must follow all required suspected Child Abuse and mandated reporting requirements.
11. Employment is contingent upon receiving a criminal background clearance and completing all other job requirements.
12. Must use reasonable precautions in the performance of one’s duties and adhere to all applicable safety rules and practices; and act in such a manner as to assure at all times maximum safety to one’s self, fellow employees and children.
Physical and Environmental Requirement:
Position requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, twisting and bending. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds. Simple grasping and hand manipulation required, as well as reaching above and below shoulder level. Must be able to withstand exposure to noise in a day care or playground environment. Must be able to drive to meet and/or transport families, providers and children.
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