Family Advocate for FamilyWorks

Position Summary:

The Family Advocate provides individualized guidance, information, resources, and support to assist individuals and families in meeting their basic needs and their long term goals. The Family Advocate practices the Principles of Family Support in all interactions on behalf of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of these essential duties at a satisfactory level. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·Serve as an advocate, providing families with information and resources in order to empower, encourage, and strengthen them.

·Interact with families as a partner, providing support, and building their capacity to navigate systems and to make use of all available resources.

·Assess needs and develop individualized, strength-based plans in the areas of housing, education, employment, parenting, mental health, life skills, etc. as needed.

·Respond to emerging needs and crises and follow up with participants as needed.

·Maintain clear, professional, timely participant contact notes, updates, and other required documentation.

·Participate in developing and implementing programs based on identified needs.

·Do outreach to and maintain collaborative relationships with community providers and social service agencies.

·Provide collaboration with and mentoring to the staff in order to increase the capacity to provide support and information to families.

·Attend FamilyWorks staff meetings and events as needed.

·Maintain confidentiality of all information and records.

·Provide support for the teen parent program.

·Other duties as needed

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

·Must have excellent communication skillsboth oral and written.

·Must have a working understanding of family and adult development, conflict resolution skills, and family support principles.

·Must be able to relate to persons from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.

·Must be self directed, reliable, and sensitive to the needs of others.

·Must have experience in group facilitation and training.

·Must have strong leadership and organizational skills.

·Must have computer skills--strong working knowledge and experience with MS Windows, Outlook, access data bases, etc.

·May be asked to work occasional evening or weekend hours for the purposes of education and outreach.

·Must have strong knowledge and understanding of community resources, services, and assistance programs and the skills to successfully connect families with appropriate agencies, services, and personnel.

·Must have a valid Washington State driver's license, insurance, and access to a vehicle.

·Bilingual Spanish highly desirable.

Education / Experience:

·B.A. in a human service related field plus 5 years experience working in child and family services or a Master's degree with one year of experience, or equivalent.

Hours and Compensation:

·Permanent, part time position

·13 hours per weekmust be able to work 9-5 on Thursdays and 9-3 on Fridays

·Paid holidays and accrual of personal leave

·$19.50 per hour

How to apply

TO APPLY:

Applicants must complete a FamilyWorks application and submit it with a cover letter and resume. Applications can be obtained at: 1501 North 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, or via email: shirleyf@familyworksseattle.org, by calling 206-694-6727, or on the website: familyworksseattle.org

CLOSING DATE: Friday, Sept 20th @ 3:00PM

Seattle, Washington
2013-09-20
The Family Advocate
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shirleyf@familyworksseattle.org
206-694-6727
1501 N. 45th St, Seattle, Washington, 98103, United States
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