Volunteers of America Los Angeles Family Advocate II - (HS - North Hollywood) in North Hollywood, California
About Us: Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.
Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (ages 2 – 5) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Head Start positions are generally Monday through Friday, 7:45 am to 4:15 pm.
Responsibilities: Under supervision, the Family Advocate:
• Manages a caseload of families; makes regular home visits within established requirements; disseminates and collects materials pertaining to services available to families • Interviews parent(s) and compiles mandated background information; assists families with identifying and attaining milestones of familiy goals • Maintains outreach and recruitment to ensure site enrollment of eligible children; actively participates in re-involvement efforts • Establishes child file; collects, maintains, updates and disseminates information, as needed • Promotes parent advocacy; facilitates parent activities and training and ensures parent participation and involvement • Provides health-related services to children such as vision and hearing screenings • Establishes and maintains contacts with community-based service organizations and resources; initiates and follows-up on referral process in conjunction with families, teachers, and service support staff • Actively participates in classroom environment and with parent volunteers
Requirements • Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Services, Health or related field • Must have excellent computer skills including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel • Must be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing • Must have first aid and CPR certifications • Must have valid California driver’s license and access to dependable automobile with adequate insurance in order to make home visits and/or to travel to different school and office sites • Fingerprint clearance required prior to employment
Health Requirements • Must have physical examination at the time of employment • Proof at the time of hire ◦ TB clearance within 6 months prior ◦ Annual Influenza vaccination (between Aug 1 – Dec 1) ◦ Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization
• Must be physically able to lift up to 50 lbs, to move quickly and to perform duties requiring squatting and kneeling in order to interact with children in a very busy environment
Additional Requirements • Experience working in social work, case management, or as a health or parent involvement aid in a related program a plus • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral)
VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer