Child Advocate - YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region

Child Advocate

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 Payrate:  $35,568

Job Summary
Under general supervision, provides program and support services to the children of participants of the Transitional Living Center (TLC) and tenants of the Rapid Rehousing Program (RRH). Works in tandem with the Youth Advocate to conduct case management, advocate and create programming that promotes positive youth development. Maintains statistics of activities. Performs as a supervisor ‘on call’ on a rotating basis. This position is grant funded. Continuation of position is contingent upon the availability of grant funds.

Key Responsibilities
*  Regular attendance at Employer’s place of business and/or during particular hours, as assigned, is an essential function of this position.
* Guides parents in their search for childcare options to include Child Care Services, private pay and childcare paid for by program;
*  Meets with parents to assess children’s needs, school performance and to learn children’s preferences regarding sports or other healthy activities.
*  Develops, coordinates and facilitates positive children’s activities.
*  Organizes groups of volunteers when conducting children’s events for the TLC and RRH youth and children.
*  Implements children’s programming consisting of positive developmental activities and program curriculum on a daily basis.
*  Provides transportation of children and/or parents from TLC and RRH to events and activities whenever possible.
Documents each event by taking attendance.
*  Serves as a supervisor ‘on call’ for the entire facility on a rotating basis, handling multiple issues and ensuring the safety of residents.
*  Interacts with child participants in the course of activities and meets with children to discuss issues that may arise in the course of such activities children’s specific needs, such issues at school, behavior/emotional or mental health problems, or medical needs.
*  Works in tandem with appropriate supportive services staff to assure that education and career goals, as well as other needs are identified and worked on.
*  Learns, conveys and enforces YWCA policies and procedures, including procedures that are unique to the day-to-day community living circumstances of a transitional living center and the TLC handbook.
*  Complies with documentation requirements of multiple funding sources, including timely recording of data for current and exiting residents into individual participant files and into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
*  Must be able to solve problems and make sound judgments and decisions.
*  Strictly follows and adheres to funding sources requirements for client services documentation, including documentation of time spent in specific grant related tasks and distribution of this information to the administration office on at least a monthly basis.
*  Advocates with community agencies, schools, and governmental entities on behalf of participants and coordinates support services for children and their participant mothers, where applicable.
*  Coordinates needed educational programs with education advocate and/or community agencies.
*  Provides training, advocacy, expertise and assistance to assist participants in negotiating and resolving conflicts.
*  Adapts work schedule to meet the needs of the program, especially attendance during Life Skills classes and other evening and week-end events.

Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred, in social work, psychology, sociology, child development, or related field.

Two (2) years related work experience (or additional education) required.  Additional work experience with children preferred.