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Family Advocate Head Start Sandpoint

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Work type: Full-time Staff
Location: Sandpoint
Categories: Head Start, Early Childhood Education
Hiring range: $16.86 - $19.83

Work Site Location: Head Start - Sandpoint
Work Schedule: This hourly benefited position is 69% full-time and works Aug-June. Benefits over 12 months. 

North Idaho College does not have a vaccine requirement. However, some departments and programs at NIC, including Head Start and many of our nursing and health professions, are subject to federal or local hospital vaccine requirements. 

Excellent benefits, including PERSI pension retirement

Job Summary:

In conjunction with the North Idaho College Head Start mission, Five-Year Goals and in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations, the Family Advocate implements all aspects of family services.

Job Duties:

This list includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Maintains a positive, helpful, constructive attitude and work relationship with supervisor, staff, families and the community.
  • Conduct home visits, per local program model, with all families to assess strengths and needs, assist in development and completion of child and family goals and objectives and provide crisis support and assistance as needed.
  • Recruit and enroll families/children including direct mailings community outreach and local advertising.
  • Participate in the classroom on a weekly basis.
  • Keep ongoing, up-to-date documentation and records in each family file both electronic and hard copy.
  • Conduct health screenings as needed (height and weight, vision, and hearing)
  • Participate in child developmental screenings as needed.
  • Provide referrals, follow-up and documentation as needed for both children and their families.
  • Support the development of relationships between children and their families through involvement in the program.
  • Provide advocacy and support to families through awareness of local resources available and work cooperatively with other agencies (including but not limited to attendance at IEP, IFSP & MDT meetings).
  • Facilitate parent meetings and parent educational opportunities.
  • Serve as a mentor to new employees, interns, practicum students and volunteers.
  • Staff with Classroom team and Supervisor, on families and children as needed and as indicated in procedure.
  • Participate in internal and external committees, including but not limited to, planning and/or operations committees and task forces as directed by the program Director.
  • Recruit community involvement.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to ensure up-to-date quality services to children and families.
  • Participate as part of the center team to ensure efficient center operations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Plan work time to meet the center operations schedule, knowing that flexibility is required to meet the unique needs of the Head Start program and its participants.
  • Travel as needed throughout North Idaho College Head Start service area

Minimum Qualifications


Level I: Associates degree in Social Services.
Level II: Additional education above the Associates Degree, within a year of obtaining Bachelor’s degree in Social Services.
Level Ill: Bachelor’s degree in Social Services.


Experience as a staff or volunteer in a preschool classroom, with preference given to Head Start experience.

Required License and/or Certifications:

  • Register with Idaho STARS and participate in the professional development system.
  • Meet all training and certification requirements for childcare licensing and Head Start Program Performance Standards,
  • Maintain current Infant/child & Adult CPR and First Aid.
  • Meet terms of Statement of Agreement/ Employment Declaration.
  • Pass an enhanced criminal background check including fingerprinting, as required by Head Start Program Performance Standards and Child Care Licensing requirements, prior to first day of work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people from diverse ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of computers and commonly used software for Internet and e-mail access, word processing and data collection and management.
  • Positive approach to Early Childhood Development programs, health and social services.
  • Demonstrated written, oral, and organizational skills.
  • Understanding of theories of social work ethics, early childhood education and child and family development including family systems.
  • Demonstrate professional ethics and confidentiality.
  • Represent the Head Start program in the community and with other professionals, positively and with professionalism.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background check and proof of degree if required for this position. 

All application materials including resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts must be uploaded and the application completed prior to the close date

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