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Title

Children & Family Services: Home-Based Coordinator

Reports To

Family & Community Partnerships Manager

Department

Children & Family Services

Location

Oakland, CA

Schedule

Monday through Friday

Travel

Local travel may be required

Salary

DOE

Employee Status

Regular, Full-time, Exempt

Supervises

Home Visitors

Benefits

Two weeks of paid vacation a year, sick time, 13 holidays, up to five floating holidays based on employee status, medical and dental benefits on the first of the month following 30 days of employment, $25,000 life insurance policy at no cost to employee (with the option of increasing policy amount), flexible spending account for medical and dependent care costs, commuter benefits, 403(b) with employer match, and other benefits. We foster a joyful workplace and offer opportunities for professional development and growth.

Agency Summary

The Unity Council is a nonprofit Social Equity Development Corporation with a 50-year history in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Our mission is to promote social equity and improve quality of life by building vibrant communities where everyone can work, learn, and thrive.

Our programs aim to provide the community with the tools, knowledge, and resources to transform their lives and ultimately achieve their long-term educational, career, and financial goals. These holistic programs and services reach more than 8,000 individuals and families annually in five languages. Programs include: early childhood education, youth mentorship and leadership development, employment services, career readiness training, housing and financial stability, senior citizen services, affordable housing and neighborhood development, and arts and cultural events. The Unity Council employs a diverse workforce of more than 250 people who reflect the linguistic, cultural, and ethnic identity of the communities we serve. Our work expands beyond the Fruitvale district and now reaches across Oakland and into Concord.

Program Summary

The Children and Family Services programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, State Pre-Kindergarten, Home Based Services, and Developmental Play Groups. Over 900 children birth through kindergarten entry and 32 expectant parents and their families receive child development and comprehensive family services through the Unity Council. The programs are diverse, multilingual, developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, and individualized for each child and family services are provided in four centers and two home based programs throughout Oakland and Monument Corridor neighborhood in Concord, CA.

Position Summary

The Early Head Start (EHS) Home Based Coordinator will oversee the education and social services component of the program. Supervise home visitors, and provide child development activities during socializations. The Home Based Coordinator will be responsible for monitoring all aspects of the Home Based Performance Standards (1302.22), areas for infants and toddlers (1302.30), children with disabilities, screening and assessments, and Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum Fidelity practices. The coordinator will also implement the Head Start Learning Outcomes Framework and oversee the social services aspects of the program.

The Early Head Start Home Base Coordinator is responsible for implementing the social service work plan by providing ongoing comprehensive support and case management services to families that promote family well being, self-sufficiency, and social competency. This position is responsible for collaborating with community resources to assist with developing and maintaining family partnerships. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Child & Family Services Manager(s) and within guidelines established in the performance Standards.

Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervise and train a team of Home Visitors;
  • Schedule and conduct individual supervision, case conferences, and staff meetings;
  • Track all home visits in child plus and contact families when appropriate;
  • Oversee and review the case management work to ensure: the Home Visitors support each family in developing a Family Partnership Agreement so the family is able to understand and use goal development as a valuable life skill.
  • Ensure the Home Visitors engage families as full partners in assessing their needs and strengths, and prioritizing their needs and interests according to their own values; ensure there is an appropriate fit between families needs and interests and program services.
  • In coordination with the Home Visitors, ensure that vacancies are filled before 30 days, eligibility is properly determined, enrollment includes 10% children with special needs;
  • Ensure families have regular home visits with families to build on competence in the areas of: understanding attachment and child development, self and family advocacy, developmental transitions, parents as a child’s first teacher, life management skills and family wellness.
  • Ensure the home visitors make and consistently follow up on referrals related to: Family Partnership Agreement goals, strengths/needs assessment items, children with special needs, family health, job and education services and other services related to wellness and family sustainability.
  • Promote a unified approach to sharing child information with families by engaging in joint planning with teachers and other specialists to prepare for home visits and other family interactions.
  • Oversee the education component of the home based program; this includes adherence of home visitors to curriculum, conducting HOVRS assessment; planning for home visits with home visitors and planning and running socializations;
  • Provide leadership and training in the Enrollment, Recruitment, Eligibility, selection, and attendance to maintain full enrollment, participation, and an active wait-list;
  • Monitor all DRDPs in Learning Genie and support home visitors with questions on DRDP;
  • Recruit income and age eligible children continuously, recruitment is active/ongoing and that funded enrollment is achieved and maintained.
  • Train and support staff in the Family Needs Assessments process inclusive of appropriate follow-up;
  • Attend two home visits per year with each home visitor and conduct the HOVRS;
  • Coordinate and track the provision of Mental Health Services;
  • Maintain and distribute caseloads in absence of home visitor;
  • Collect all ASQs from home visitors and ensure home visitors are completing and data entering them in ASQ online;
  • Plan all socializations including assigning home visitors and securing location;
  • Schedule field trips and events as necessary;
  • Coordinates and role models teamwork of all professionals to guarantee interdisciplinary teamwork to best serve each child and their family;
  • Assure compliance with all issues of the Performance Standards for Special Education;
  • Oversee all other areas of the home based program for education and social services;
  • Attend regular management meetings and assist with preparation of end-of-month reports;
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications

  • AA or BA. in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Sociology, Psychology or related field, or a BA/AA with 12 units of Early Childhood Education
  • 2-3 years experience working with low income families or in child development programs;
  • Experience and knowledge of Early Childhood Programming,
  • Good writing ability and experience in program-related materials,
  • Caring, compassionate approach to working with children and families,
  • Communicating with families of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a positive and respectful manner
  • Coordinating and integrating a variety of services for families in compliance with program standards
  • Working collaboratively with a wide range of co-workers and partners
  • Familiarity with administrative procedures,
  • Ability to work harmoniously in a diverse team,
  • Knowledge of work place safety rules regarding lifting, general safety, and utilizing preventative health measures to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) REQUIRED

Physical Requirements

Must be able climb stairs, reach, bend, lift 20-30 pounds, crawl, kneel, stoop, twist, grasp with hands and fingers materials, use arms and legs, able to walk, climb ladders if applicable.

Pre-employment Requirements

  • Physical exam
  • TB test
  • MMR and TDAP immunizations
  • Background/Fingerprint clearance

Application Process

Please send us your cover letter and resume in application for this position.

E-mail:  jobs@unitycouncil.org.

Please put “title of position, your name” in the subject line.

Mail:
The Unity Council
Attention: Human Resources
1900 Fruitvale Ave., Suite 2B, Oakland, CA 94601

Fax: (510) 535-6923

The Unity Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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