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Early Head Start Home Based Program Advocate


Department: Early Childhood Services                                                            

Work Site: Clare County or Gladwin County

Responsible to:  Early Head Start Home Based Program Supervisor      

Status: Hourly                                      

General Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with the coordination, supervision, and implementation of the Early Head Start Program as required by the Head Start Program Performance Standards and state and federal mandates.
  • Ensure quality program service delivery.
  • Protect the privacy of customers/families and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of service.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for direct supervision of designated staff.
  • Responsible for working collaboratively with Home Based Program Supervisor and content coordinators to meet program requirements.
  • Identifies individual or program systems barriers which impede services to children and families and facilitates resolutions. 
  • Meet weekly with staff to provide supervision and case management.
  • Support and attend parent meetings and socializations.
  • Provide Home Visit coverage for families during staff absences if needed.
  • Provide ongoing documented monitoring of Home Based Educators.
  • Supervise staff work schedules, authorizing all change in schedules.
  • Ensure that site files are accurate and complete; including all required follow up. 
  • Provide onboarding and training to new staff, provides continuous and ongoing support as needed for all designated staff.  
  • Provide support and monitor professional development goals of designated staff. 
  • Perform 90 day, annual and ongoing performance evaluations of designated staff.
  • Follow interview procedures when a staff vacancy occurs in a timely manner.  
  • Monitor weekly Home Visits and attendance
  • Work effectively with Home Based Program Supervisor and Component Coordinators in meeting program and overall departmental monthly, quarterly and annual goals and objectives.
  • Collects and analyzes various data efficiently to meet the reporting duties.
  • Utilizes analyzed data to inform the program for effective program monitoring, assessment and improvement.
  • Assures accurate data is entered/submitted by staff on a timely basis to meet requirements.
  • Update on a regular basis specific position how-to’s and timeline.
  • Responsible for being a positive, innovative and supportive team player and promoting a healthy work environment. 
  • Addresses complaints and resolves problems as they arise. 
  • Recruit families and promote agency programs within the community.
  • Participate in personal and professional development activities, including staff meetings, conferences, training opportunities, as identified and approved by supervisors.
  • Attend community events and meetings to support the agency programs; including evening and weekend events/meetings.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor’s Degree in related field with equivalent coursework in Early Childhood Education with a minimum of 3 years of effective supervisory skills, will consider;
  • Associate’s degree in Family Studies, Family Life Education, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or related field with a minimum of 5 years of effective supervisory skills will be considered.
  • Early Head Start/Head Start experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the Head Start performance standards preferred.
  • Must complete 15 hours of annual training in addition to CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogen training.
  • Infant/toddler experiences preferred.
  • Family Service Credential within 18 months of hire or the first session offered thereafter.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability as a strength based leader.
  • Demonstrated ability to present information to community groups.
  • Knowledge of 0-5 Curriculum/Teaching Strategies Gold/Child Plus preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Possess a solid knowledge base with respect to child development and family services and seek to expand knowledge at every opportunity.
  • Exhibit initiative, flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work cooperatively as a team leader and a team member. 
  • Complete additional certifications as required.
  • Maintain confidentiality and code of ethics at all times.
  • Must have Proficient Computer Skills. (Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet)
  • Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, provide proof of insurance, and MMCAA’s “Insurance Carriers” driving record review.
  • Successfully complete required background checks at time of hire and when requested.
  • Shall provide written report by a physician stating their physical capability and freedom from communicable tuberculosis.
  • Must have good communication and organizational skills, and be able to work effectively with people.
  • Must be self-directed and able to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
  • Must possess the ability to prioritize and complete tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allocated time frames.
  • Must be willing to accept new challenges.
  • Ability to navigate and effectively resolve conflict.
  • The job duties require a working cell phone for accessibility to supervisors, clients, or co-worker or to enhance personal safety while away from the office location. The agency will provide a cell phone as needed.
  • Must comply with Agency tobacco free and drug free policies.
  • Understand the importance of daily work attendance, and its impact on coworkers, clients, and the agency.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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