A Family Advocate is warm, accessible, organized and empathetic. The Family Advocate works with Goleta Valley families to promote their health, academic success, and well-being and to reduce family stressors so that parents can support their children’s preparation for Kindergarten and school success. Additionally, this position will engage in focused outreach. She or he assists in the coordination of social services for children and families in the Goleta Valley, and engages in all the work of the Family Resource Center. A can-do attitude, perseverance and ability to work with diverse populations are critical to success in this position. The Family Advocate will be working under the supervision of the Family Resource Program Manager.
DUTIES FOR the Family Resource Center Family Advocate include:
Identify community needs of families and individuals in the Goleta Valley
Conduct outreach to families in the Goleta Union School District as well as and other service organizations
Help organize and conduct parent support / education groups on a variety of topics of interest to families.
Assist with child care during the parenting classes.
Compose and translate materials into Spanish; verbally translate for Spanish-speaking clients
Provide resource & referral to families; maintain positive working relations with referral sources
Food distribution and knowledge of emergency food and resources
Represent IVYP at meetings and trainings
Develop and keep statistical reports and records; accurately enter data onto computer
Coordinate with partner agencies and individuals
Develop additional partnerships/collaborations
Assess the needs of individual children and families
Provide appropriate referrals for parent education, counseling and other family needs
Develop a strength-based service plan with families that includes appropriate referrals and interventions
Advocate for families to receive services when necessary
Maintain updated client records
Enrollment & utilization of Health Insurance Programs
Home visits for families if appropriate
Maintain effective communication with families and staff
CalFresh enrollment and outreach to the community.
Must pass the Department of Justice fingerprint process.
Must pass a pre-employment physical examination and tuberculosis clearance.
Show verification for the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTaP) vaccinations.
Flexible Schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Capacity to handle multiple tasks, remain flexible, prioritize appropriately and manage work flow.
Experience working with at-risk youth and families
Comply with contractual expectations, ethical and legal standards of practice and confidentiality, and HIPAA and FERPA requirements as appropriate
Bilingual Spanish/English and Bicultural required.
Great team player
Passionate and Determined about families
IVYP Core Competencies For All Staff
Mission/Vision-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to our vision of a community where all children are loved, valued and respected and all families are supported to reach their highest potential. This drives their performance and professional motivations.
Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good;
Ethical: Understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation of the organization. Upholds our highest values of integrity, honesty and transparency.
Education, Licenses and Certificates
Minimum A.A. with related experience in providing or coordinating social services; BA/BS preferred
Excellent translation skills
Valid California Driver’s License
Proficiency in Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
$15 – $20 per hour, based on experience. This is a non-exempt, hourly position. Benefits after 30 days include: health, dental and vision insurance, sick/vacation accrual, paid holidays and 403b retirement plan.
Isla Vista Youth Projects is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take afﬁrmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.