Back to top

Coord, Family Service

Alexandria, LA, USA
Full-time

The Family Service Specialist ensures implementation of the Head Start Education program services for children, families, and pregnant women in order to provide high quality services and support.

The Family Service Specialist reports directly to the Center Director or Family and Community Engagement Manager and works as a member of the local center’s coordination team. As a member of the coordination team, the Family Service Specialist is responsible for creating and nurturing strong collaborations with staff at all levels and families to ensure that program standards, compliance, and quality are of the highest standards.  

As a front line representative of Save the Children, the Family Service Coordinator is required to ensure the safety and security of Head Start children and families that he/she comes in contact with adhering to the agency’s values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, and Integrity.

As a Save the Children employee who will come into contact with children on a routine basis, you are expected to prevent child abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness, good practice and training to minimize risk to children. You must take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of concern and report and respond to any instance of child abuse and promote training and awareness around all child safeguarding obligations.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Family and Community Relations and Public Affairs
  • Data Collection and Management
  • Supervision and Training

Responsibilities and Impact

  • Provide support to all families within his/her caseload, including relationship development, developing Family Partnership Agreements, goal-setting process, and assisting to obtain necessary community services and supports 
  • Works closely with the Center Director, teachers, Family and Community Engagement Manager and all content areas to assure successful collaboration in maintaining children/family files and privacy. 
  • Work collaborate with Center Directors and other center staff for child recruitment and maintaining a consistent enrollment for the program. 
  • Enters and assists in tracking information regarding ERSEA, health, education, mental health/disabilities and family service information. Work with the Information Specialist to enter and track information regarding family services and ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance). 
  • Ensure regular communication with families regarding screening, assessments, and surveys in order to provide needed information regarding medical, nutritional, educational, and social services as needed to ensure that all requirements are met according to Head Start Performance Standards while maintain strict confidentiality. 
  • Assist in the monitoring and reporting of family related services to appropriate Head Start superiors. 
  • Responsible for maintaining full enrollment, with a 72-hour turn around to fill vacancies, program-wide; performing up-to-date recordkeeping and data entry. 
  • Submit accurate information in a timely manner, including: written documentation, scheduled reports, and mandated reports. 
  • Serve as advisor and support for family services to the teaching staff. 
  • Attend case coordination meetings with appropriate staff, to fully integrate services. 
  • Participate in an individualized continuing education plan including CPR and First Aid. 
  • Ability to effectively demonstrate sound judgment, using discretion as it relates to individual cases. 
  • Maintains open communication with management regarding case load and progress to build effective working relationships within the organization, works independently and as a team member.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 
Educational Background: 
Associate’s degree in Family and Child Development, Early Childhood Development, Social Work, or Adult Learning
Or within eighteen months of hire, at a minimum, a credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field. advanced degree preferred.  
Skills/Experience: 
  • General knowledge of program management, planning, reporting, budgeting, administration, purchasing systems management, supervision/personnel management, and public relations.
  • Ability to supervise staff and manage a multifaceted program, multi-task, work independently and as part of a team, and exercise professional judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, children, families, and outside agencies. 
  • Effective communication, problem solving, organizational, and time management skills.

Organization Info

Save the Children US

Overview
Headquarters: 
Fairfield, CT, United States
Annual Budget : 
More than $500M
Founded: 
1964
About Us
Mission: 

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in nearly 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to create immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. in times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Save the Children is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 30 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 20 2019
Active Until: 
Dec 20 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Save the Children US
industry: 
Nonprofit