Advocate (Part-time)

Macomb County, MI - Clinton Township, MI4.2

Classification Details

DEPARTMENT: Macomb Community Action


FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: Just cause subject to probationary period

CURRENT HOURS AND STARTING TIME: Part-time (up to 29 hours per week) position. The starting time for this position currently varies. A typical shift is 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a year-round position.

Under direction, works cooperatively with families to achieve compliance in mandated screenings; performs on-site registrations; enters, tracks, and stores data and information; makes necessary updates and changes of source information; verifies the accuracy of data entered and source document information; performs related duties as assigned.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Supports parents in their roles as their child's first and most important teacher.

Responsible for enrollment and registration of children.

Performs preliminary income qualifications of potential clients.

Enters, tracks, and stores applications, child attendance, screenings, BMI's, and other pertinent data and information.

Provides follow-up with parents to obtain mandated and timed health and developmental screenings of children.

Must be familiar with the Head Start Performance Standards regarding child health and developmental services, child health and safety, program governance and family partnerships.

Assists in monthly Parent Committee Meetings at site locations.

Works with teaching staff to identify site Policy Council representatives and offers to support them in their role.

Maintains accurate up-to-date records of all services provided and uses applicable computer software as required.

Assists in ensuring compliance with Head Start, Local, State and Federal regulations for early childhood programming.

Must be able to fully participate in all classroom activities, which may include but are not limited to bending, reaching, stooping and sitting on the floor.

Lifts, moves, and carries supplies and equipment that weigh up to fifty (50) pounds.

May work in classrooms with screening and assessment of children to meet program standards.

Attends, meetings, trainings, in-services, and conferences as requested.

Operates an automobile while performing assigned duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

QUALIFICATIONS (Education and Experience):
An Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Human Services, or a related field from an accredited college or university; or a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

A Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Human Services, or a related field from an accredited college or university is preferred.

Previous Head Start experience is preferred.

Knowledge of child development techniques and practices.

Ability to understand and follow directions as well as work independently as needed.

Ability to effectively speak, write and understand the English language.

Ability to speak and understand a language other than English is preferred.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, clients, families, outside professionals, agencies, and the public.

Ability to work with families in a professional, supportive, and non-judgmental manner.

Possession of a valid Michigan driver's license and an operable insured automobile for authorized travel.

Ability to conduct oneself with tact and courtesy.

Required to lift, move, and carry supplies and equipment that weigh up to fifty (50) pounds.

Frequently required to bend, kneel/squat, grasp, have leg/foot movement, reach for objects, stand, walk/run and sit on the floor.

Balancing and crawling are occasionally required.

Manual dexterity and regular fine-finger and hand/wrists motions are required for operating a keyboard, writing and assisting children.

Seeing/vision, talking/speaking and listening/hearing are continuously required.

May be exposed to:
Airborne infectious agents (germs and viruses)
Bodily fluids

General Requirements and/or Disclaimers:
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of personnel so classified.

Complies with P.A. 390, as amended, known as the State's Emergency Management Act and the County's Emergency Management resolution as well as all related plans, policies and procedures covered by these statutes.

Be physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.

GRANT OR EXTERNALLY FUNDED POSITION - This position will continue only if sufficient grant or external funds are provided.

The UAW Local 889 bargaining unit represents this position. Therefore, there may be contract language which could require consideration in the selection process.