Family Advocate
Job Details
Pre-K School - Kansas City, MO
Full Time
4 Year Degree
None
Education
Summary
Family Advocate
 
The Guadalupe Centers Charter Schools serves 1400 students ranging from preK-12 and is a free, open enrollment public charter school. Over 92% of our students are Latinx. Our school system consists of Guadalupe Centers High School, Guadalupe Centers Middle School and Guadalupe Centers Elementary School. Our system grew out of Guadalupe Centers educational programming. Guadalupe Centers is the longest continuously operating agency serving the Latinx community in the US since 1919. Our roots in our community run deep.
 
There are many benefits to working at GCCS with some of them being:
  • Student and Families: GCCS teachers strive to form strong relationships with our students and their families. Our organization grew out of Guadalupe Centers, the longest continuously operating agency serving the Latinx community in the US. These community ties are integral to who we are.
  • Staff Autonomy: Teachers at GCCS appreciate having the autonomy to try proven and new approaches in their classroom and are encouraged to innovate. The experience of teachers is valued and they are given space to collaborate and share their best practice with each other.
  • Coaching and Development: Staff at GCCS collaborate with their leaders on their growth and development. GCCS teachers set a professional development goal in collaboration with their coaches, colleagues and in district initiatives. All staff are aligned on working on their development over the course of the year.
 
Summary: To promote family wellness, parent involvement programs, and to support the implementation of a comprehensive family partnership process. Operates as a liaison between the classroom and home settings in the area of education, child development, safety, immigration support as needed, and physical and mental health. This position carries a family caseload of 30-40 families and is responsible for case management services.
 
Reports To: Building Principal
 
Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Welcome families into the program and share information about transitioning into Head Start.
  • Assist families in the development of Family Partnership Goals and monitor progress.
  • Assist families in the development of a Family Needs Assessment and secure support resources.
  • Create and promote family activities and involvement through parent meetings, field trips, policy council, classroom engagement, and newsletters.
  • Advocate and collaborate with Guadalupe Centers Inc. and other community agencies to support child, family, and agency outcomes.
  • Attends professional development meetings and training opportunities.
  • Makes at least one family service home visit per year.
  • Maintain ongoing contact with teaching staff in order to share relevant home information and gain information regarding child performance in the classroom.
  • Document and track follow-up needs, Family Partnership Goals, health, dental, nutrition, hearing and vision concerns.
  • Participate in referral and Special Education (individual family service plans [IFSP]) process as needed.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with staff and families.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information at all times.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
 
Physical Requirements:
  • Prolonged periods standing and walking throughout school and classroom.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Must be able to access and navigate all areas of the school and other facilities as needed.
 
Application Process:
Please complete an application which may be found at www.guadalupecenters.org/workforgccs/. If a position requires a degree, please upload a copy of transcripts and/or degree certification to your application. Other attachments such as a cover letter or resume can also be uploaded and attached to the application.
 
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, who fully and actively supports equal access for all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information or Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.
 
Qualifications
Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Strong organizational and active listening skills
  • Actively demonstrate empathy and social perceptiveness
  • Experience with a Head Start program preferred.
  • Knowledge of Early Childhood Education, intervention, and referral process.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelors Degree or Certification in Social Work Required.
  • Bilingual and biliterate ability, English required and Spanish required.
  • 2+ years of experience working in Early Childhood Education required.
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