Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The Center-Based Family Support Worker is responsible for providing comprehensive support to families. Family Support Workers are expected to develop a relationship with parents and/or guardians, beginning in the enrollment process, and to support parents in setting and achieving goals by connecting them to resources that help meet families’ needs. In addition, this position is responsible for helping meet milestones established by the grantee in the areas of health, mental health, nutrition, and family and community partnerships. Family Support Workers play a key role in giving parents the tools needed for leadership roles and empowering parents as advocates for their families.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conducts assigned components of enrollment, including the accurate entry of data into COPA. Participates in recruitment and outreach process.
Refers families to the appropriate community partner according to demonstrated needs. Documents all referrals and progress towards family goals and conducts follow-up in a timely manner.
Helps parents to access consistent health care and establish a medical home for their children. Maintains and monitors health records in collaboration with supervisor.
Maintains updated and consistent family partnership agreements, family needs assessments, and referrals. Maintains case notes of all contact with families utilizing the COPA system.
Monitors all data components and follows-up with families regarding missing documentation on a regular basis. Makes phone calls, home visits, and utilizes other necessary means to make contact with families, obtaining missing items and documenting all efforts in COPA.
Serves as the liaison between parent committee and designated staff. Plans and implements all aspects of monthly parent meetings.
Participates and assists with the Head Start/Early Head Start self-assessment, site monitor visits, developmental screenings, and referrals to Chicago Public Schools or Early Intervention.
Identifies potential community agencies, health and dental clinics, and other resources for partnerships.
Maintains community resource guide to assist parents in identifying and accessing local community resources.
Coordinates parent involvement activities through recruitment and organization of events and services.
Conducts classroom/socialization observations to assist mental health providers and education staff with referrals. Attends regular team meetings with assigned classrooms.
Collaborates with education and mental health staff to initiate referrals to Early Intervention and Chicago Public Schools.
Gathers all necessary documentation and submits it to the Disabilities Manager to obtain evaluation for services.
Works with site and parents to ensure that meetings and evaluations occur and that children are receiving services as needed thereafter.
Performs record-keeping and other reporting functions as required by Head Start Performance and NAEYC Standards and submits all agency reports in a timely manner.
Works with supervisor to facilitate and ensure parent participation in the Head Start/Early Head Start delegate agency and city-wide council.
Attends Head Start/Early Head Start and Chicago Public Schools committee meetings and trainings related to the responsibilities stated above.
Ensures that classroom ratios are in-compliance, according to IL state license, before leaving the building. (This applies when leaving for meetings/trainings, lunch break, or end of shift).
Helps manage the site, ensuring proper teacher/child ratio, according to IL state license, during the first and last hour of site operation according to shift.
Ensures that supervisor and supporting staff are notified when you leave the building at any time during your shift.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties, as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field.
A minimum of two years of experience working with children and families.
Experience with multi-cultural programming preferred.
Bi-lingual Spanish/English preferred.
Required to obtain National Safety Seat Technician certification upon hire and maintain certification during employment.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Must have a valid Driver’s License, access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel locally.
Entry Salary Range: $30-32,000
Schedule: Full time
To apply, send resume, cover letter, and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Free Short Term Disability Insurance
Free Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan and match after 2 years.
10 paid Holidays
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.