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Family Engagement Specialist

Company: Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
Location: Omaha
Posted on: January 9, 2021

Job Description:

Educare of Omaha, Inc. is looking for an energetic and experienced individual to fill the role of Family Engagement Specialist.The Family Engagement Specialist will assist in the recruitment, enrollment and monitoring of attendance of Educare students. He/she will team with teaching and administrative staff to develop and implement family engagement opportunities to enhance family well-being, promote positive parent-child relationships, support family members as lifelong educators, engage family members as learners, inform families during the transition of their children from one developmental program to another, connect family members to peers and their community and promote family members' abilities to advocate and serve as leaders in their community. The Family Engagement Specialist will also assist families as needed to address crisis events that may impact a child's regular participation in the program and/or relate to basic family needs.MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY TASKS:Family Engagement Opportunities

  • Engages with peers, family members and children in a manner sensitive to the experiences, needs, and strengths of low-income and diverse populations and individuals with disabilities.
  • Identify family strengths and areas of need by completing a Family Assessment and updating as needed.
  • Assist family members in identifying goals in the areas of family-child relationships, knowledge of child development, advocacy and involvement during the Family Partnership Agreement Process.
  • Support families of children with disabilities and/or behavioral concerns through building relationships, and communicating/advocating with teachers and administrative staff within the educational system and during the transition process.
  • Plan and facilitate regularly scheduled family activities and family involvement events for responding to families' interests and/or needs. Activities may include individual, small group and/or large group sharing of information regarding child development and self-sufficiency issues as identified by families.Interdisciplinary Tasks Responsibilities
    • Participate in interdisciplinary work with the Health Services Coordinator and/or Teaching Staff to do the following:
      • Plan for purposes of identifying classroom instructional goals, gathering and documenting observation data, sharing data with families and developing and facilitating related family activities.
      • Follow up on the health care needs of children and families.
      • Identify expecting families and provide them health as well as social support information and referrals.
      • Coordinate the delivery of services to the family and/or child in response to the needs identified by the family.
      • Provide information and guidance to assist the child and family as the child transitions from The Infant and Toddler program to the Preschool Program and from the Preschool Program to Kindergarten.
      • Meet with parents regularly about their child's progress, including at least two Family/Staff Conferences and two home visits per year.Case Management
        • Refer and link children and families to needed community services as identified during the Family Needs Assessment, Family Partnership Agreement process and as needed.
        • Support and assist families in times of crisis.
        • Act as an advocate on behalf of families with community agencies.
        • Assist families in initiating and maintaining eligibility for childcare development block grants and/or a private pay agreement.
        • Document services provided to children and families to include follow up on referrals made and resulting outcome to ensure families' needs are met.
        • Maintain manual and electronic files and records in a n organized fashion for providing required information and/or documentation as needed.ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance)
          • Collaborate with ERSEA Coordinator to recruit and enroll eligible children and families for providing comprehensive services while maintaining full enrollment and serving families most in need of services according to federal guidelines.
          • Complete necessary paperwork (applications, enrollment forms, releases)
          • Provide an interdisciplinary orientation for families regarding the program opportunities and expectations
          • Follow up on attendance issues including excessive tardiness to identify and address barriers.
          • Disseminate and assist families in completing the annual parent surveysOther
            • Plan and facilitate a regular informational/activity meeting specifically for teen parents for responding to their identified interests and/or needs
            • Plan and facilitate a regular informational/activity meeting specifically for grandparents for responding to their identified interests and/or needs
            • Represent Educare at community events
            • Perform other duties as assigned within scope of the job descriptionQUALIFICATIONS
              • Bachelor's Degree in Human Services or Social Work (preferred) or related field
              • Two years' experience working with families in a community-based, culturally and/or social economically diverse, family-centered program
              • Bilingual in English/Spanish
              • Previous Head Start or Early Childhood Experience preferred
              • Must be able to pass a background check that meets compliance standardsESSENTIAL SKILLS / ABILITIES REQUIRED:
                • Ability to establish supportive relationships and form an alliance with staff and families from diverse backgrounds on behalf of children
                • Knowledge of community culture, resources and services to ensure families receive comprehensive services
                • Knowledge of state TANF and/or child care block grant regulations
                • Ability to travel to community agencies and/or make home visits
                • Knowledge of principles and best practices of family engagement.
                • Basic knowledge of child development
                • Experience in public speaking and ability to facilitate small groups
                • Ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings and/or week-ends
                • Ability to provide effective assistance in crises situations
                • Ability to work cooperatively with an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
                • Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, in a manner that demonstrates and fosters cooperation, respect, concern and openness to change.
                • Ability to take, or think about the perspective of others and demonstrate self-awareness of one's own culture, beliefs, and values
                • Organization skills with the ability to manage time and multiple priorities
                • Ability to collaboratively problem-solve
                • Ability to participate in and utilize reflective supervision
                • Maintain boundaries and performs all duties in an ethical and professional manner.
                • Complies with all confidentiality regulations as required.
                • Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certification.
                • Ability to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, a telephone, fax machine, and copier
                • Ability to lift, carry and move center/classroom equipment and supplies. and/or bulky objects or children weighing up to 50 lbs.
                • Work with children requiring the ability to walk or run quickly, kneel or sit on floor, bend, and lift, walk over rough or uneven ground, in and outside of facilityAPPLY for this great opportunity TODAY!
                  • Educare is an innovative partnership between the public and private sectors to create a more efficient and effective early learning program. A research-based program that prepares young children for school and a specially designed place that nurtures early learning and sends a bold message about the value of investing in the first five years. Educare Indian Hill is on the campus of Indian Hill Elementary School in South Omaha.
                  • Educare Omaha is part of the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative family that also includes; Educare Kellom on the campus of Kellom Elementary, Early Childhood Services, Educare Lincoln and Omaha Early Learning Centers at Gateway, Skinner and Kennedy.

Keywords: Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative, Omaha , Family Engagement Specialist, Other , Omaha, Nebraska

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