Family Advocate-Sandston Elementary
Essential Duties Serves as an advocate for ALL families and children in Title I schools. Becomes familiar with program policies and procedures and service area plans. Assists with recruitment and enrollment. Provide family crisis intervention as needed with assistance of other program staff. Assist parents in enhancing skills (e.g. parent education classes, ESL classes, computer and technology classes, and adult classes) for the purpose of being actively involved in their child's education. Coordinates resources such as transportation, child care, FAMIS, fuel assistance, Department of Social Services, etc., for the purpose of providing the parent an opportunity to become an active participant in school activities/organizations. Assist parents with transportation to appointments and parent functions as appropriate. Organizes and facilitates workshops (e.g. day, evening, and/or weekends) for the purpose of providing information, resources, and support to parents enhancing their overall parenting skills in the school and community. Collaborates with others to promote and ensure the importance of parent involvement with school personnel for the purpose of providing effective methods and tools for working with parents as equal partners. Communicates with parents, teachers, principals, and community organizations for the strengthening parent/school/community relationships. Maintain ongoing contact with teaching staff through class visits, email, telephone, etc., in order to share relevant information and gain information regarding child performance in the classroom. Conducts home visits for the purpose of enhancing appropriate parenting skills related to the academic success of their students. Actively encourages parents to participate in parent meetings, field trips, etc. Encourages parent-initiated school contacts (e.g. PTA, PTO, HFPAC/SPAC, Parent Volunteerism, and Parent Teacher Conferences) for the purpose of involving the parent as an active participant in their child's education. Informs parents of community-based educational opportunities for the purpose of providing additional academic support beyond the regular school day. Maintains a variety of records/documents (confidential and non-confidential) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or ensuring documentation for future reference in accordance with administrative and legal requirements. Implements "Family Needs Assessments" for each family to assess family goals and needs; and provide recommendations and referrals for relevant community resources. Document and track follow-up for family needs and goals. Work with parents to establish and maintain regular attendance for their child. Participates in staff development activities and professional growth opportunities. Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources. Performs other duties as assigned.