Lead Parent Educator

Casa Central Social Services - Chicago, IL3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $43,000 - $54,000 a year
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Nurtures positive and collaborative working relationships with other Agency staff as well as outside providers.
Implements the Agency mission, philosophy, core values to direct daily work and decision-making adheres to agency policy.
Cultivates a professional and respectful work environment.
To be actively involved and knowledgeable of the Agency’s Performance Quality Improvement process.
Approves time sheets and ensures compliance with Agency and funder guidelines. Accountable for daily activities within the allowable activities approved by the Agency.

Essential Duties:
Include the following, other duties as assigned:
Ensures compliance with all Early/Head Start Performance Standards, particularly as they relate to Education, Safe Environments and Disabilities content areas.
Supports development and implementation of staff professional development plans, and provides ongoing coaching for team of Parent Educators.
Uses data (screening and assessments) to support development of meaningful goals for families and children (school readiness goals).
Supports all home visitors in facilitating Socialization Groups with enrolled families including supporting the health/safety of the environment;
Maintains a caseload of home visiting families providing weekly home visiting to parents and children as needed (vacancy and extended absence coverage for team of Parent Educators).
Establishes trusting, nurturing relationships with children and families.
Works jointly with parents and staff team to develop and implement weekly home visit plans based on each child’s assessment and identified family needs.
Maintains and preserves confidential client files.
Serves as an advocate for Early/Head Start families and as a liaison between families, the program, and the large community.
Assists in identifying children with special needs and makes the necessary referrals.
Encourages participation in the Early/Head Start Parent Committee meetings as well as parent group and socialization meetings, and other events or trainings.
Participates and facilitates regular reflective supervision and staff meetings as required by the program
Enters participant information and other required program information into Child Plus and other data management systems in a timely manner
Actively engages in recruitment activities to ensure full enrollment of the program
Other duties as assigned.

General Requirements:
Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required. Will be subject to drug and alcohol screening as well as aptitude and skills testing. To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education preferred. Requires an A.A. Degree in Child Development or an A.A. in Early Childhood Education, with a plan to complete a B.A. degree within 2 years of hire. A minimum of 3-5 years experience working with young children is required, and at least two (2) years direct experience with Early/Head Start services is preferred.

Language Skills:
Bilingual/Bicultural in English and Spanish. Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and memos. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence using Microsoft word, excel and office 365. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, employees or the organization.

Operating Environment and Working Relationships:
Must be able to make home visits to present, prospective and former clients in their own homes. From time to time, may be required to work weekends and/or holidays. The Home Based Lead Parent Educator must have demonstrated ability to establish helping relationships with families of varying educational, experiential and socio-economic backgrounds and handle emergency and crisis situations.

Decision Making Authority:
Exercises discretion and independent judgment in executing tasks.

People Management:

Physical Demands:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands. Must be able to lift and carry 25lbs.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Must have a valid driver’s license; car; and insurance. Must have cell phone with capability to add applications to communicate with participants and agency staff.

Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them
Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinking
Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.