Family Advocate

Pierce College District - Lakewood, WA3.4

Position Summary
The mission of Pierce College is to provide quality educational opportunities for our diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

The job of the Family Advocate/Family Support Specialist is done for the purposes of determining eligibility for program, enrolling families in program, enlisting parental involvement in child educational programs; working with parents in identifying and achieving goals; accessing support services; creating training programs; and facilitating positive parent, school and student relationships.

This job reports to Child Development Center Director.

Essential Functions
Maintains a variety of manual and electronic documents, files and records (e.g. program participation, contact sheets, family file, Child Plus computer program, agency referrals, etc.) for the purpose of providing required information and/or documentation.

Visits children's homes for the purpose of enrolling students in program, interviewing parents, informing parents/students of school and/or community resources and providing child development and parenting information.
Participates in workshops, meetings, community events, etc. (e.g. monthly FA meetings, site support, ESD staff meetings, WAEYC/EHS conferences, etc.) for the purpose of receiving and/or presenting information.
Reports suspected incidents (e.g. physical, sexual and/or substance abuse, contagious diseases, etc.) to appropriate parties for the purpose of maintaining students' personal health and safety and adhering to Education Code, district and/or school policies.
Plans and facilitates family meetings and parent involvement events (e.g. health and welfare, nutrition, counseling, etc.) for the purpose of providing for family support needs and complying with program regulations.
Orients prospective participants (e.g. site tours, program overview and eligibility requirements, benefits, etc.) for the purpose of establishing familiarity with program, services, and required processes.
Provides or assists with providing health screenings, immunization verifications, and outside agency referrals (e.g. hearing, vision, immunization compliance, height/weight relationships, etc.) for the purpose of promoting needed treatment and complying with program requirements.
Recruits selects and enrolls eligible children for the purpose of maintaining full enrollment and serving families most in need of services according to federal guidelines.
Provides outreach to low income communities, community leaders and organizations for the purpose of recruiting families to Head Start, developing resources, and building partnerships with community members.
Administers Head Start program standards for the purpose of ensuring program eligibility and compliance with mandated regulations.
Assesses family and infant/child needs (e.g. conducts surveys, interviews, etc.) for the purpose of determining eligibility and/or developing an action plan to remove barriers to child's success in school.
Assists parents in a variety of areas (e.g. filling out forms/surveys, health, nutrition living skills, budgeting, job skills, goal setting, etc.) for the purpose of developing an action plan to remove barriers to child's success in school and supporting the family in basic life skills.
Conforms to the PSESD's Principles That Guide Our Culture for the purpose of 1) building trust, collaboration, and strong teams within the program and the Agency and 2) providing exemplary service to external clients.
Develops individualized health, nutrition and family support plans for all enrolled children for the purpose of furthering family goals, plans, and success strategies.
Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.

Required Education:
Bachelor's Degree in job related area or an Associate's Degree with progressive job-related experience.

Required Experience:
Job related experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to perform single, technical tasks with a potential need to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.
Ability to plan and manage activities; preparing and maintaining accurate records; and operating standard office equipment including pertinent software applications.
Knowledge of basic math, including calculations using fractions, percents, and/or ratios; read a variety of manuals, write documents following prescribed formats, and/or present information to others; and solve practical problems.
Knowledge of community resources; early childhood development and parenting skills; life skills; family support principles; and Social Work Best Practices.
Ability to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment.
Ability to work independently and with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined and similar processes; and operate equipment using defined methods.
Ability to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment. In working with others, problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited.
Ability to establish and maintain constructive relationships; adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with culturally diverse populations, including those with limited English proficiency; maintaining confidentiality; setting priorities; and working flexible hours.

Conditions of Employment:
As a condition of employment, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in this position.
Proof of physical examination, including TB screen.
CPR/First Aid Certificate (within 60 days of hiring); Hepatitis B immunization within 120 days of employment.
Must possess a valid Driver's License and evidence of insurability.
Application Process

Application Requirements:
To be considered for this position, you must:
Meet the required qualifications as outlined this announcement
Complete the online application profile at
Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired qualifications as outlined in this announcement. Be sure to provide specific examples to support your experience, training and/or skills. (Cover Letter)
Upload (attach) a detailed résumé (Résumé)
Upload (attach) a list of at least two current professional references with names, addresses, and telephone numbers (References)
Special Note: All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.

Terms of Employment:
This is a part-time (less than 20 hours per week) classified, position with Pierce College. The primary work location will be at Pierce College Lakewood campus but occasional travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekend work, and occasional travel as required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:
The starting salary range of this position is $18 per hour (dependent upon qualifications). For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at:

Physical Work Environment:
This position is required to work indoors in an office environment.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Conditions of Employment:
An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Equal Opportunity:
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices for all persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, and status as a disabled veteran, or Vietnam-era veteran.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Holly Gorski
Vice President for Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams
District Affirmative Action Officer
(253) 864-3229