JOB SUMMARY:

The Family Development Specialist of PCCEO Head Start will support the Family Development Coordinator with recruitment, coordination and follow up of services for Head Start families including but not limited to: parent engagement activities, personal development, specific health related services and self-sufficiency programming through the provision of services for Head Start parents and their children as required by performance standards and related contents for the Head Start Program.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s or Associates degree in social service or human development field;
  • Must have two (2) years Case Management experience or equivalent experience in social service or human development;
  • Ability to manage groups;
  • Ability to make sound professional judgments;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Knowledgeable of computer software and applications;
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job description;
  • Must have and maintain a valid Illinois Driver’s License, reliable transportation and insurance coverage as required by the State of Illinois, and qualify for a CDL license.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Is responsible for recruiting and processing the intake of a specified number of eligible children regardless of race, sex, creed, national origin or handicapping condition as established by the Family Development/ERSEA Coordinator;
  • Must be able to identify families and children in need of social services, make referral, follow up on referrals and document each phase of the referral process;
  • Develop and identify resources for Head Start families in need of crisis intervention and social services;
  • Maintain an accurate data filing and retrieval system for the assigned caseloads;
  • Recruit parents of children enrolled in Head Start for volunteer opportunities at Head Start centers;
  • Case management: Assist families and implement individualized Family Partnership Agreements that describe family goals, strengths, responsibilities, and other supports with timelines and strategies for achieving goals;
  • Absences: Conduct well-child checks daily for those families who have unexcused absences;
  • Conduct at least two (2) home visits to Head Start families;
  • Record information on assigned families, data entry through PROMIS and case management with adequate provisions for maintaining confidentiality;
  • Submit a monthly report to the Family Development Coordinator on the status of each family on caseload;
  • Identify and prepare cases to be presented at case review staffing;
  • Participates in transition activities established by the job description;
  • Must have and maintain a valid Illinois Driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance as required by the State of Illinois;