CITY OF LAKEWOOD (CO)
invites applications for the position of:
PT Head Start Family Support WorkerSALARY:$18.13 - $25.38 Hourly
OPENING DATE: 09/11/18 CLOSING DATE: 09/25/18 11:59 AM
City of Lakewood's Statement of Excellence
The City of Lakewood is dedicated to upholding City values to include: Performance Excellence, Leadership, Respect and Collaboration. Best fit candidates will demonstrate innovation, customer service, dedication, passion and engagement. All people, citizens and employees, will be treated with respect, relevance, and importance.
About Community Resources
Community Resources is committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural services and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood. We value leadership, integrity, communication and connection, diversity and adaptability.
This position is responsible for the implementation of program activities within the Family & Community Partnership content area of Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Childhood Programs. Primary responsibilities include: enrollment of families into Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Childhood Programs, case management, including but not limited to resource and referral, case coordination, crisis intervention, administrative coordination, and case monitoring for assigned families. Conducts home and site visits with families to determine family strengths, assess need for additional resources and to support them in establishing goals. This position is responsible for encouraging parental involvement in the program and facilitating monthly parent group meetings.
MAJOR TASKS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
MAJOR TASKS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (This job description does not intend to list every function of the position.)
Develops strategies in support of the individualized Family Partnership Agreements based on the assessment data gathered.
Attends and participates in case staffings, parent meetings, and other meetings.
Serves as resource and referral for families, referrals including but not limited to mental health services, vocational assistance, housing, physical health, and educational concerns.
Coordinates case management functions with appropriate contract agencies and Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Chilhood staff.
Conducts initial and follow up home visits with assigned case load.
Keeps case notes and program records according to Head Start Performance Standards.
Handles crisis, including abuse/neglect reporting, suicidal ideation and possible homelessness.
Observes children in the classroom setting and if necessary coordinates appropriate steps, concerns and support with families and or appropriate professionals.
Implements family service guidelines and procedures to assure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
Serves as an active Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Childhood Program and City of Lakewood team member.
Participates in the active recruitment of eligible families throughout the City of Lakewood.
Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner.
Regular and prompt attendance required.
Encourages and supports parent involvement activities.
Processes application and enrollment paperwork.
Develops knowledge of and networks with other City staff divisions and departments.
Complies with Head Start Performance Standard and Colorado State Funded Preschool Program.
Assists with center review process.
Assists in classroom coverage when needed.
Receives general supervision from the Head Start Family Support Team Coordinator.
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
Bachelors degree in Social Work, Human Development and Family Studies or related field.
One year experience working with families and children in the Human Services area.
Knowledge of early childhood development preferable.
Valid driver's license and good motor vehicle record.
KSA'S AND PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQS:
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Bi-lingual language skills in English and Spanish required. Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing.
Knowledge of Head Start and/or Early Childhood Education is desirable.
Knowledge of available resources is desirable.
Current physical exam and tuberculosis test results required, per Colorado Licensing Rules and Regulations and Head Start Program Performance Standards.
Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
Organizational and time management skills to handle the workload and frequent interruptions.
Acceptance of diversity and ability to work comfortably with the public.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Good judgment and decision-making abilities.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Enthusiasm and flexibility.
Background check required.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Lifting and Carrying:
Must be able to lift equipment weighing up to 30 pounds used in a child-care setting on an occasional basis.
Transports self to all City locations, moves about at sites, administrative functions performed at desk.
Must be able to respond to staff and Head Start families' requests.
Employee will generate reports and interact with families, staff and community.
Must have basic arithmetic skills to calculate data on various reports.
Must remember to follow up on families' requests, staff requests, and attend meetings.
Must be able to interpret policy and procedures and requisitions with grammatically correct reports. Must be able to communicate effectively with Head Start families, staff and community.
Must demonstrate clear judgement with regard to crisis intervention, confidentiality and assessment of service needs and standards of professionalism.
Travel between various City locations.
Work involves frequent interruptions and multiple demands.
Strong emphasis on teamwork.
Day and evening hours required as well as some weekends.