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Family/Community Engagement Consultant

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Position Purpose

To apply professional expertise in parent, family and community engagement, working in cooperation with all other disciplines (Child Development/Disabilities, Health, Mental Health, Nutrition and Administration) in order to provide internal consulting services, training and compliance monitoring. The Family Community Engagement Consultant will assure that adequate training is provided to parents and staff and that site reviews are completed to monitor program compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.

Essential Job Responsibilities - Performance Indicators

Internal Consulting (40%)

  1. Coordinate and assist in public relations, parent involvement, and cultural competency to promote the Head Start program.
  2. Develop and distribute materials in areas of specialization, which include community resources, child abuse prevention, and parenting education,
  3. Provide support to the Head Start Policy Council. Attend monthly meetings for executive committee as well as full Council meeting.
  4. Debrief with staff around issues related to child abuse, domestic violence, follow-up on family health/wellness and diversity issues.
  5. Provide information, referral and coordinating efforts to link staff and families with appropriate community resources.

 

Training (25%)

  1. Design and deliver training to staff and parents; topics will include both specialized and trans-disciplinary subject matter and promote collaborative teaming.
  2. Collaborate with community organizations to collect and disseminate additional information, and to arrange ancillary training and services.
  3. Ensure implementation of training at monthly Family Service Coordinator/Home Visitor meetings, and Teacher meetings as needed.
  4. Utilize data to determine training needs.

 

Compliance and Monitoring (25%)

  1. Conduct regular visits at all Head Start of Lane County locations as prescribed in the Head Start Performance Standards.
  2. Observe for collaboration and coordination among component areas.
  3. Participate in the planning and implementation of the annual self-assessment process.
  4. Develop ongoing monitoring protocols to ensure compliance to Family Services and the Family Engagement Framework.
  5. Analyze data, individually and within teams, to develop result driven quality improvement plans.

 

Organizational Planning/Community Networking/Supervision (10%)

  1. Provide assistance and consultation to assure that written policies and procedures are kept current.
  2. Attend interagency, organizational and committee meetings as appropriate.
  3. Collaborate with outside agencies to advocate for the needs of Head Start families.
  4. Supervise, train, direct and evaluate the Family Support Coordinators and other assigned positions.
  5. Perform other duties as requested.

All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start's policy on confidentiality.

 

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required

  • Bachelor's or Graduate Degree in relevant discipline, combined with a minimum of two years of professional level experience in specialty areas preferably in a social service environment.
  • Professional expertise in specialty areas of Family Services.
  • Demonstrated teaching or training skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of local community resources.
  • Ability to provide for a trans-disciplinary approach to presenting information and conducting interventions.
  • Ability to provide compliance monitoring in a proactive and supportive manner.
  • Current enrollment in Child Care Division-Criminal History Registry.
  • Valid Oregon Driver's License and proof of insurance.
     

Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes

  • Substantial problem solving to devise solutions which address organizational deficits or potential deficits in a changing regulatory environment.
  • Intermediate decision-making in the recommendation of training and /or referral to address assessed needs.
  • Ability to translate theory and professional training into practical solutions.
     

Position information

  • 47 weeks
  • Exempt, Non-Bargaining Unit
  • Supervised by Head Start Director

 

This job description was last updated: 12/14; 03/06, along with Policy Council Approval 04/11/06

Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.