We are currently hiring for a new Family Advocate position that will be located within Tesnatee Gap Elementary School. The Family Advocate, in collaboration with teachers, counselors, and community resources, will provide services to families with children enrolled in the White County School System. This position is salaried and is expected to work 190 days a year (10-month employee). In partnership with parents, the Family Advocate develops mutually trusting relationships, acts as an advocate for families, and provides support services as needed. The Family Advocate will assist families to determine their needs and to identify and develop goals to meet those needs. The Family Advocate reports to the Family Connection Coordinator.
- Provides case management services to families in the Family Advocacy Program, including assessments and other necessary direct services.
- Provides crisis intervention as needed and appropriate.
- Provides education to families relating to topics such as parenting, budgeting, educational success, household cleanliness, safety, and other family issues as necessary.
- Models appropriate advocacy skills and professionalism for parents when working with community agencies, professionals, and schools.
- Maintains a working knowledge of community resources and current trends in social services.
- Helps coordinate family transportation needs to access community resources.
- Works with Family Connection staff to provide comprehensive, integrated services for families.
- Compiles and maintains family case records of services provided.
Community Involvement and Program Integration
- Works with families and other community agencies to provide a full system of care.
- Assesses services families receive and determines what additional services are needed. Makes appropriate referrals as needed.
- Assures that the family is able to access resources and that appropriate follow up is made.
- Coordinates services for families by arranging case conferences with community agencies.
- Builds and maintains relationships with community agencies to ensure cooperation, coordination, and information sharing.
- Works with school and community agencies to provide learning and community service opportunities such as food drives and/or school supply drives.
- Helps coordinate fundraising and/or community awareness events.
- Attends meetings, trainings, and individual case staffings.
- Initiates or assists in making DFCS referrals where deemed necessary.
- Maintains a professional attitude, working cooperatively with co-workers, school, community partners, and parents.
- Provides leadership and guidance to treat all children and their families with dignity and respect.
- Maintains a flexible schedule, which may include evening, holiday or weekend hours.
- Maintains flexibility with service delivery, which may include providing services in one or more locations.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Complies with all federal, state, and local laws involving EEO, non-discriminations.
- Bachelors Degree in social work, psychology, child development or a related field is preferred; a considerable amount of experience may substitute for education.
- Knowledge of community resources and how to access services for children and families.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office products.
- Ability to work and communicate effectively with low income, ethnically, and culturally diverse populations.
- Job requirements and location are subject to change, based on continued financial support from funding sources.
- Must have a current criminal record clearance.
- Must have a valid Georgia driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
- Participate in mandated training updates required by the employer.
- Complete monthly case management reports for grant funders.
- Maintain confidentiality of clients being served.
Those interested can email a resume and cover letter to Coordinator, Cheyenne Thornton, at [email protected]