Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities - Susanville, CA
Position: Family Educator
Salary: See SCFO Hourly Salary Schedule
Hours: 30 hours per week, 52 weeks per year
Supervisor: Site Manager
SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Family Educator is responsible for delivering a preschool education program to the homes of enrolled children. The position supports the philosophy that the parent is the primary educator of their child. The Family Educator is responsible for modeling preschool activities to the parent, who in turn teaches their own child. The position also offers support and referral to families to help meet their identified needs.
- Support the philosophy of Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities in the implementation of the Head Start Performance Standards, as reflected in the service plans.
- Develop a partnership with families to facilitate meaningful participation in the program.
- Utilize available community resources to best meet the needs of the program and the families served.
- Assist families with medical and dental screenings and necessary follow-up.
- Promote good public relations and act as an advocate for the agency by serving on boards, committees and participating in community activities.
The agency holds the right to change “duties” of this position description whenever the agency deems it necessary to do so. When duties are revised the employee will receive a copy of the “revised” position description and will have all changes clearly explained.
- Perform physical duties necessary to insure follow through of the daily routine and the safety and well-being of children aged 2 to 5 years, to include:
- ability to bend, stoop and stand for varying lengths of time as required by the daily plan and curriculum, and lift up to 40 pounds, required on occasion;
- ability to conduct activities and participate during mealtime at child-sized tables of 17-20”;
- ability to get up quickly from a child-sized table (17-20” high) or the floor, and move quickly in case of an emergency to insure safety of children or to prevent an accident.
- Recruit families for enrollment from a broad range of neighborhood and community agencies. Maintain full enrollment with a waiting list.
- Develop a confidential file for each child and family that includes all required records.
- Assess each child developmentally and develop individual goals for each child, involving parents in the process. Provide developmentally appropriate curriculum activities to meet the needs of individual children at each contact.
- Plan and conduct 32 home visits of 1.5 hours to each enrolled family; and offer two (2) group socialization experiences per month of 2.5 hours each to all enrolled families. Arrange and assist families with transportation to socializations, as needed.
- Plan and implement home visit and socialization lesson plans with input from parents, that reflects the cultural and linguistic diversity of enrolled families.
- Be fluent in enrolled family’s home language, or ensure that home visions and/or services are provided in family’s home language.
- Provide resources and materials in family’s home language.
- Reinforce the role of the parent as the primary educator of the child through demonstration and participation in planned and unplanned activities.
- Assist parents in the completion of all required health screenings for the child within forty five (45) days of enrollment. Offer transportation if necessary.
- Assist parents in the completion of dental screenings for the child within forty-five (45) days of enrollment. Offer transportation if necessary.
- Conduct and record case conference discussions on the needs and progress of each family. Inform appropriate Management Team members of any case management concerns.
- Assist parents in the completion of the Family Assessment, and develop a Family Partnership Agreement for each family within agency timelines.
- Work with parents to plan nutritious snacks a minimum of two times per month at home visits.
- A nutritious snack or meal will be provided at every socialization.
- Schedule a minimum of two mental health observations at socilizations each year.
- Make prompt social service referrals for follow-up for all children and families. Record such referrals.
- Organize and attend monthly site parent committee meetings.
- Plan and coordinate parent trainings based on the interests of the enrolled families.
- Submit to Central Office appropriate documentation for all program expenditures, at least once a month. Monitor and stay within the limits of the site budget.
- Work in conjunction with the Early Childhood Development Program Manager in the provision of direct services and the development of goals for children with disabilities.
- Store and maintain all home based supplies in an appropriate and satisfactory fashion. Maintain an inventory list of all non-consumables.
- Plan, conduct and document a minimum of two transition activities each program year.
- Attend and participate in agency training, inservice and clusters. Attend job-related training as noted on the Employee Development Plan.
23. Responsible for collecting and documenting community Third party inkind contributions at individual work site to contribute to the overall agency’s 20% funding compliance with Head Start regulations.
24. Participate in recruitment activities throughout the program year
The incumbent in, and any applicant for this position must be able, with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential functions listed above. This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary in accordance with the requirements of the job. All other duties, tasks, or activities of this job are marginal functions. The marginal functions of this job may be exchanged for marginal functions of another job position, or may be eliminated from this job for an employee who requests reasonable accommodation and for who job restructuring provides reasonable accommodation. SCFO adheres to the provisions of ADA regarding reasonable accommodation procedures.
- Participate in annual program self assessment.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
- Provide on-going feedback to Central Office regarding changes occurring or needed in service area.
- Utilize available community resources to best meet the needs of the program and the enrolled families.
a) a Child Development Associate (CDA Credential, an AA, BA, or advanced degree in Human development or ECE, or related field, or be willing to acquire one within three (3) years of date of employment;
b) preferably, twelve (12) semester units in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.
- Demonstrate the ability to follow instructions and express ideas effectively with staff, professionals, and community members.
- Demonstrate the ability to work with a minimum of supervision, and accept direction of others, as needed.
- Demonstrate a genuine interest in children and families.
- Be familiar with and demonstrate the ability to communicate with the cultures represented in the service area.
- Demonstrate a sensitivity to low income families and their needs, and have knowledge of community agencies which offer services to low income families.
- Be motivated to pursue additional training or coursework.
- After an offer of employment is made, must complete and submit a fingerprint card, and required Community Care Licensing documentation. A Dept. of Justice and FBI criminal background clearance must be granted prior to client contact and in order to begin employment.
- After an offer of employment is made, must have Employee Health Appraisal completed by a physician and show proof of a TB clearance.
- The ability to interpret local, State, and Federal regulations, policies, and procedures as they pertain to the duties of the job.