Family Advocate

Horizons for Homeless Children is an independent, non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to serving homeless children and their families. We are seeking candidates for the position of Family Advocate to support the families that we serve. The job requires access to a car and current car insurance coverage. This is an exempt position reporting to the Director of our early childhood center. Within our early childhood education centers, young children between the ages of two months and six years are learning and developing in NAEYC* accredited classrooms. From the moment that a child begins his or her education at our center, family advocates play an active role in supporting these children and their families inside and outside of the classroom. (* National Association for the Education of Young Children; this accreditation is awarded to only 15% of child care centers nationally.) Family advocates offer strength-based, culturally-appropriate, comprehensive support services. These services are focused on promoting

  • family engagement in each child's education, and
  • supportive and sustainable transitions from homelessness toward self-sufficiency.

To support engagement, family advocates help caregivers become empowered to be a part of their child's education, which includes social and emotional development. Through individual meetings with families, as well as group workshops, family advocates help caregivers gain knowledge, develop skills, and connect to resources that make this possible. Family advocates also help caregivers connect to and develop relationships with their child's teachers.To support self-sufficiency, family advocates provide case management, advocacy, and service coordination connected to a family's individual needs. In collaboration with the family, this involves working closely with other providers and agencies in the community. Family advocates begin working with families at intake and continue to support children and their caregivers throughout the time the child is enrolled in our classrooms. Services are provided at the center, as well as in the community, where the family is living.

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Completing strength-based intake assessment with family
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative, supportive relationships with families
  • Coordinating support services for families
  • Providing case management to help promote family self-sufficiency
  • Co-leading groups and workshops
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with teachers and community providers; Advocating for a family's needs when appropriate
  • Maintaining and updating files (which includes an electronic database)
  • Developing knowledge of and applying best practices for family engagement, particularly as it relates to classroom curriculum
  • Maintaining confidentiality in accordance with agency policy

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work or other Human Service field preferred
  • Spanish speaking strongly preferred, other languages a plus
  • Experience providing case management; knowledge of Boston area resources a plus
  • Experience working with homeless and/or at risk families
  • Commitment to a strength-based, culturally competent, collaborative approach to working with families and colleagues
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Knowledge of Early Childhood Development a plus

Benefits: Health, dental, short and long-term disability insurance, paid vacation, sick, and holiday time, tuition reimbursement and 403(b) with match

Salary: Competitive depending on qualifications and experience

Horizons for Homeless Children is committed to diversity and is an AA/EEO employer.

How to apply

Send resume and cover letter to:

Horizons for Homeless Children

Amy Schneider

Senior Director of Family Partnerships and Clinical Practice

555 Amory Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Email: aschneider@horizonsforhomelesschildren.org

Fax: (617) 522-9910

Dorchester, Massachusetts
2013-01-04
Horizons for Homeless Children
Amy Schneider



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