Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
The Family Support Worker in Gads Hill Center’s center-based early childhood programs is responsible for providing comprehensive support to families. Family support workers are expected to develop a relationship with parents and/or guardians beginning during the enrollment process, support parents in setting and achieving ambitious goals, and help parents access resources to meet their family’s needs. In addition, this position is responsible for achieving all assigned milestones established by the grantee in the health, mental health, family and community partnerships, disabilities and ERSEA. Family Support Workers play a key role in engaging parents in leadership roles and empowering parents as advocates for their families.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct assigned components of enrollment, including entry of accurate data into COPA and family assessment.
Refer families to resources according to needs, document referrals and progress toward goals, and follow up with families regarding referrals on a regular basis.
Help parents access consistent health care in a “medical home” for their children, and monitor health records in collaboration with the health coordinator.
Maintain updated and consistent information in COPA for all family partnership agreements, needs, strengths, referrals, etc.
Monitor all component data on a regular basis and follow up with families missing documentation on a regular and escalating basis. Use phone calls, home visits, and all other necessary means to contact families, obtain missing items, and document all efforts.
Serve as liaison between the parent committee and other designated staff. Plan, participate in, and implement all aspects of monthly parent meetings.
Participate in and assist with the Head Start/Early Head Start self-assessment, site monitor visits, developmental screenings, and referrals to Chicago Public Schools or Early Intervention.
Identify potential community agencies, clinics, dentist’s offices, and other resources for partnerships and support the establishment of linkage agreements.
Maintain a community resource guide to assist parents in identifying and accessing local community resources.
Coordinate parent involvement activities through recruitment and organization of events and services.
In collaboration with partner site staff and parents, ensure involvement in parent policy committees and parent meetings, and participate as needed.
Participate and assist in recruitment and outreach process.
Conduct classroom/socialization observations to assist mental health providers and education staff with referrals.
Attend regular team meetings with assigned classrooms.
Work with education staff, mental health consultants, EI/CPS staff and other pertinent individuals in meeting the needs of children with special needs.
Facilitate the referral process to Early Intervention or Chicago Public Schools and provide support to families throughout the referral process. Aggressively pursue the best outcomes for children and families.
Perform record-keeping and other reporting functions as required by Head Start Performance and NAEYC Standards and submit all agency reports in a timely manner.
Work with the Support Services Manager to facilitate and ensure parent participation in the committee structure of the Head Start/Early Head Start delegate agency and city-wide council.
Attend pertinent Head Start/Early Head Start and CPS committee meetings and trainings related to the responsibilities listed above.
Ensure classroom ratios are in compliance according to Illinois state license before leaving the building. (This applies when leaving for meetings/trainings, lunch break, or end of shift.)
Help manage the site, ensuring proper teacher/child ratio according to Illinois state license during first and last hour of site operation according to shift.
Ensure that supervisor and supporting staff are notified when you leave the building at any time during your shift.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participate in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participate in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participate in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advance parent leadership development.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field.
A minimum of two years of experience working with children and families.
Experience with multicultural programming preferred.
Bilingual Spanish/English preferred.
Must have a valid Driver’s License, access to reliable and insured transportation, and willingness to travel locally.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $30-32,000 Status: Salary Location: 2653 W. Ogden Ave, Chicago Schedule: Full-time
To apply, submit resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits
10 paid Holidays
Free Life Insurance
Free Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan
Internal Number: 05/2017
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.