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Family Service Assistant

Company: LCCAA
Location: Lorain
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description PurposeThe Family Service Assistant will assist in classrooms working collaboratively with the teacher and assistant teacher, to provide comprehensive family engagement and child development services for children and families. Assures compliance in the Head Start Act, Head Start Program Performance Standards, ODJFS Licensing Rules, and Step Up To Quality.Summary of work activities, tasks and responsibilities Abide by applicable Agency rules and regulations.Accept classroom assignments as indicated by staff requirements.Recruit and enroll children and families to meet full enrollment.Act as a substitute in the classroom, working with both child and their families.Will provide coverage in the classroom during lunch hours and as needed. Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.Assist assigned teacher and assistant teacher in all areas of classroom management and instruction when necessary and as needed.Assist parents in the development of appropriate service plans, i.e. Family Partnership Agreement, Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), and Individual Educational Plan (IEP).Assist parents with transitional activities into Head Start and from Head Start to other educational settings.Assist staff with developmental screenings, and review health records to ensure that children receive recommended treatment and Follow-up. Make home visits to families as needed or required.Collaborate with community agencies to ensure that families connect to services that support their well-being.Develop and maintain open channels of communication between Head Start, the family, and the community.Engages in mutually respectful, positive, goal-oriented partnerships with families to promote positive child and family outcomes.Inform families of Head Start services and promote parent engagement in all facets of the program.Participate in social service trainings, staff meetings, center parent meetings and other gatherings as required.Partners with families to build strong parent-child relationships and supports parents as the first and lifelong educators of their children.Provide training and education to families in using available resources and obtaining community services. Advocate for needed services in the community. Recruit and enroll children and families to receive Head Start services. Supports families reflections on and planning for their safety, health, education, well-being, and life goals.Supports families use of community resources to make progress toward positive child and family outcomes.Tracks and records information related to health and nutrition, attendance, parent engagement, and family-related services.Works alongside parents to build on their strengths as advocates for their families and as leaders in the program and community.Works with other professionals and agencies to support coordinated, integrated, and comprehensive services for families across the organization, community, and system.Works within goals and objectives, policies, and procedures to meet Head Start Performance Standards, the Head Start Act, and all other LCCAA requirements. Ensure adherence to good safety procedures and maintain a clean and safe learning environment for the students. Interact appropriately with students, staff, and others in a positive and professional manner. Maintain current, complete, accurate and timely records as required by the program, and ensure their confidentiality. Meet with supervisor daily to submit completed assignments and discuss progress.Must attend all in-service training, pre-service training and workshops provided by the program.Provide responsive care to all children.Support activity in the early childhood and family, health and community services area.Work assigned shifts and hours as needed.Knowledge, skills and abilitiesAbility to accurately and effectively work with numbers.Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.Ability to complete work with many interruptions.Ability to determine appropriate action within clearly defined guidelines.Ability to maintain the confidentiality and security of sensitive records, reports, and correspondence.Ability to plan and prioritize tasks to ensure work is completed accurately and timely. Ability to present ideas effectively to an individual or group, formally or informally.Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.Ability to read, interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions in an independent manner. Work independently, and meet schedules and timelines.Ability to work harmoniously with others to get results. Respond positively to instructions and procedures.Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team membersKeeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.Knowledge of child safety and injury prevention for children aged birth to five.Knowledge of collaborative and strengths-based approaches that build positive and goal-oriented relationships with parents and guardians. Knowledge of the general principles of child growth and development, parenting skills and techniques Knowledge of the Head Start and/or Early Head Start Programs or of early childhood education or daycare services.Knowledge of work appropriate attitudes and behaviors, the importance and methods of safeguarding personal and organizational reputations, and personal accountabilities in a work environment. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to enter data or process information.Using digital resources provided, including online productivity tools, e-learning, online reference sources, video-streaming sites, and interactive whiteboards for instruction and completing work.Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.Additional requirements (applicable if checked)Bi-Lingual (dual-language classrooms only)Fingerprint submission for criminal background check as a condition of employment.Pre-employment drug test as a condition of employment.Pre-employment physical as a condition of employment. Proof of education and credential (copy of credential certificate, official college transcripts, copy of diploma, etc.). Valid drivers license.Education required:High school diploma required.Education preferredCDA Certificate; if not, willing and able to enroll and obtain at Agency's expense within 18 months of hire; successfully obtaining a CDA credential is a condition for continued employment. Must also obtain the Family Development Certification through agency provided training within 18months of hire.Minimum experience required6 months experience with children and families.experience preferredAll related experience considered.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Ability to lift, climb, stoop, sit, bend over, hear and see (corrected or uncorrected), reach above horizontal plane, speak and be understood to meet the needs of young children in a classroom and early learning settings. Ability to see to monitor child safety. Ability to see, hear and speak with/without assistive devices sufficient to communicate effectively with others. Ability to stand for extended periods of time while caring for young children. Ability to walk and/or stand for extended periods of time in classroom and early learning settings. Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.last updated: February 2022LCCAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Agency will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.Work activities, responsibilities and tasks presented above are typical; however, the lists are not exhaustive. LCCAA may assign any other activities, responsibilities and tasks deemed necessary. Additional duties will be within the typical tasks performed in the classification or will be within the minimum qualifications, knowledge and abilities, scope of responsibility, complexity of work, decision-making authority, and level of independence for the classification. Classification descriptions are subject to change at any time. Company DescriptionLorain County Community Action Agency is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve and empower Lorain County residents in need. Lorain County Community Action Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our application forms are designed to obtain an applicant's skills, knowledge and abilities based on specific job requirements. Questions are designed to elicit enough data for us to determine an applicant's abilities to successfully perform the job for which she/he is applying. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: LCCAA, Lorain , Family Service Assistant, Other , Lorain, Ohio

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