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The Family Advocate is an employee of the United Way of Central Jersey who is assigned to John F. Kennedy Elementary School (“JFK”) in Jamesburg. The Family Advocate, under the supervision of JFK’s early childhood coordinator, works primarily with kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students and their parents to promote child wellbeing and family stability. A key component of this position is the ability to build rapport with families and to assist them in a non-biased, non-judgmental manner.
1. Accept self-referrals and referrals from educational, social service and faith-based organizations and health professionals regarding families in need in the Jamesburg area.
2. Identify and outreach to families who may be in need.
3. Assess family needs and prepare family service plans to help resolve identified problems, while recognizing the need for crisis intervention in some cases.
4. Refer and connect families/individuals for services and programs, which may include determining eligibility for government subsidies, housing benefits, income and education supports and ESL, and food and health services.
5. Advocate for families who need help obtaining social services, educational, and other benefits for which they may be eligible.
Job Competencies and Qualifications
1. Knowledge of early childhood development and services that help young children and families to be successful, including knowledge of the social, educational, health and mental health services generally available, and in Middlesex County in particular.
2. The ability to work cooperatively with school district personnel and community members.
3. The ability to develop service recommendations based on the family’s condition, history, preferences, strengths, motivations and needs.
4. The ability to advocate for, arrange, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate an array of services to meet the client’s complex needs.
5. Fluency in Spanish.
6. The ability to handle all family information in keeping with the highest standards of confidentiality.
7. An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a human services-related field.
8. At least one year experience in social services delivery and counseling, especially as relates to case management.
9. A valid New Jersey Driver’s License, reliable transportation and appropriate insurance coverage.
A Background Check is required.
Salary: depends on experience.
UNITED WAY CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ALL STAFF
● Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations.
● Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
● Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
● Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
● Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.