Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 72,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.
We are now hiring for a full-time Health & Nutrition Coordinatorto join our Midway Team!
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Maintain system for posting children’s names who have health/nutrition special needs in the classroom that meet HIPPA requirements.
Monitors active supervision to ensure the Safety of Head Start Children while in the classroom, during transitions and while on the playground. Ensure that no child shall be left alone or unsupervised.
In collaboration w/FSWs, work to build community based relationships and partnerships across geographical areas.
Assists in the development of the agency’s annual Head Start self-assessment.
Ensures all content area data is accurately reflected in the agency’s PIR within set time frames.
Monitor and review all children health records on ongoing basis, seeking to eliminate gaps of services.
Evaluate health services and access to care for Head Start families to ensure that all children and families receive preventative care and treatment when needed as required.
Develop, monitor, and evaluate food service systems including forms, policies/procedures, individual health plans, budgets and menus, making recommendations to ensure nutritionally adequate, high quality food service which meets all CACFP and DCFS regulations.
In conjunction with the Family Support Workers, develop, monitor and evaluate systems to ensure that all children meet Head Start and DCFS mandated timelines for submitting physical and dental forms and that required screenings are completed.
Provide administrative oversight and system development for all aspects of Child and Adult Care Food Program including contracts, monitoring sites, vendor relationship, record-keeping, and submission of reports.
Develop, monitor, and evaluate systems at the grantee level to ensure all children meet Head Start and DCFS mandated timelines for health and nutrition screenings and services, and that submission of data is complete.
Serve as liaison to Nutrition and Health consultants to ensure complete and timely service is provided to children and families.
Participate collaboratively with the Head Start management team to complete overall program planning, communication, monitoring, and management systems.
Coordinate the Health Advisory Committee and meetings to collaborate with community health and nutrition professionals to identify trends and obtain technical advice to support the delegate agency.
Assist, as needed, with development of Individualized Education Plan/ Individualized Service Plan, specifically relating to nutrition and/or dietary modifications.
In collaboration with the Staff/Parent/Community Coordinator, develop and present health/nutrition educational and related programs as appropriate to families, parent groups, and staff.
Complete monthly reporting and monitoring of the health/nutrition component, utilizing the various documents from the database.
Develop, implement, and oversee children’s Individual Health Plans.
In conjunction with the Family Engagement Supervisor, establish and maintain collaborative links with service providers in order to foster a network of services for children and their families that promote child/parent learning and well-being; prevent difficulties and intervene as early as possible.
Provide training, advice and consultation to all staff/personnel to ensure that they have good knowledge about child health and nutrition, including completing child health parent workshops children’s physicals forms and what is required by Head Start and DCFS. To provide same support to delegate as needed. Remain current in best practices for health services in Early Childhood education.
Monitor and ensure that health/nutrition documentation in families/children’s records is complete. In conjunction with Family Support Workers, develop follow-up recommendations for families and ensure that documentation in COPA has been done in timely fashion to meet the needs of the yearly PIR.
Work closely with site supervisors to ensure documentation is maintained in orderly fashion at site.
Assist as needed with the incorporation of a child’s IFSP/IEP as it specifically relates to any health and/or nutrition goals.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s level degree in Early Childhood Development, Nursing, Nutrition, or Public Health from an accredited college or university required.
Ability to effectively communicate health and nutrition needs and proposed treatment or accommodations in a manner easily understood by families and staff.
Ability to develop and present educational programs and workshops.
Ability to educate or secure resources to educate children and families health and nutrition concepts and strategies for well-being.
Knowledge of the principles and procedures of good health and nutrition practices in family and early childhood settings.
Ability to use independent judgment, manage and impart confidential information.
Knowledge of community support services and funding services.
Knowledge of equal opportunity issues and their implications when working with families.
Possess the capacity to offer assistance to other staff in the implementation and adaptation of curricula to the group and individual needs of children in a classroom setting.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions
Dental and Vision Insurance Options
11 paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
Wellness Initiative Program
Employee Assistance Network
Internal Number: HEALT01477
About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services is an accredited nonprofit agency that has more than 800 full and part-time professional staff dedicated to providing quality services by empowering families to learn, to earn, to heal, and to thrive. We value our professionals for serving as a mentor, a motivator, and advocate to families in need. Since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago and Suburban- area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.