The NEKCA Head Start/Early Head Start program seeks a self-motivated individual enthusiastic about providing hands-on support to integrate parent and family engagement strategies into all systems and program services to support family well-being and promote children’s learning and development. The Family Service Worker will provide information, referrals and coordinating efforts to link staff and families with appropriate community resources. Assist in public relations, parent involvement, and cultural competency to promote the HS/EHS programs. Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field. Knowledge of community resources including local service providers; state and federal agencies. Experience working with adults in a learning environment, group organization and group facilitation. Experience working with community organizations. Sufficient transportation is needed to meet job requirements. The closing date for applications is September 23, 2019 or until filled.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to email listed below; FAX to 802-334-5249; or mail to NEKCA Human Resources, PO Box 346, Newport, VT 05855. E.O.E
- Takes an active role in promoting coordinated systems of comprehensive early childhood services to low- income children and families in their community through communication, cooperation, and the sharing of information among agencies and their community partners, while protecting the privacy of child records.
- Provide family and community engagement services aligned with the Head Start Performance Standards and Vermont Child Care Licensing Regulations.
- Participate in the family intake and assessment procedures to identify family strengths and needs related to the family engagement outcomes as described in the Head Start Parent Family and Community Engagement Framework.
- Takes a lead role on the oversight and organization of recruitment efforts.
- Participate in the development in family partnership agreements and the activities that to support family well-being based on the parent interest and need.
- Assists programs to offer individualized family partnership services.
- Assists programs to offer intentional strategies to engage parents in their children’s learning and development and support parent-child relationships, including specific strategies for father engagement.
- Assists programs to engaging in two-way communication between staff and parents to create welcoming program environments that incorporate the unique cultural backgrounds of families in the program and community.
- Assists programs to collaborating with families in the family partnership process that identifies needs, interest, strengths, goals, and services and resources that support family well-being, including family safety, health, and economic stability.
- Assists teachers, home visitors, and support staff to share information with each other, as appropriate.
- Assists and ensures that families have an opportunity to share personal information in an environment they feel safe and services are offered in their preferred language.
- Provide parents with opportunities to participate in the program as employees or volunteers.
- Provide parents with materials and resources to support the transition to early care and education
- programs upon entrance and exit from the EHS and HS programs
- Promote shared responsibility with parents for children’s early learning and development and implement family engagement strategies that are designed to foster parental confidence and skills in promoting children’s learning and development. Strategies must include:
- Offering activities that support parent-child relationships and child development including language and literacy (duel language and bi-literacy as appropriate).
- Providing parents with information about the importance of child’s regular attendance and partner with them, as necessary, to promote consistent attendance.
- For duel language learners, information and resources for parents about the benefits of bilingualism and bi-literacy.
- Participate in collecting and documenting non-federal share (In-kind)
- Actively participate in regional service coordination meetings which include assessing eligibility, developing case plans and managing case loads
- Participates in the Program Strategic Plan, Self-Assessment, Continuous Improvement Plan, Planning Committee, and Hiring Committees (when applicable)
- Displays professional behavior as outlined in NACEY’s Code of Conduct
Minimum Requirements Include:
• Must comply with NEKCA policies if hired
• Required to authorize and pass NEKCA’s criminal record check process
• Bachelors Degree in Human Services or related field
• Knowledge of community resources including local service providers; state and federal agencies
• Experience working with adults in a learning environment, group organization and group facilitation
• Experience working with community organizations
• Sufficient transportation is needed to meet job requirements
Health & Dental Insurance
Life & Accidental Death Insurance
Long Term Disability
Supplemental Insurance Options
Employee Assistance Program
Pension Plan (SEP)
Sick / Family Leave
Minimum Education: Bachelor's
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Experience: 1 Yr
Location: Newport, VT