Family YMCA of Greater Augusta
  • 08-Feb-2018 to 09-Apr-2018 (MST)
  • Head Start
  • Aiken, SC, USA
  • Starting at $33,467
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Life and LTD

Job Title: Family Services Specialist Parent Involvement

FLSA Status: Full Year Specialist- Non-Exempt                                Job Grade: 6

Reports to:  Head Start Director                                                      Revision Date: November 2016



Position Summary: Under the direction of the Head Start Director the incumbent is responsible for carrying out the programs and policies and procedures authorized by the Head Start Performance Standards, Policy Council and the Director of Early Education and Care relative to the provision of family services and the establishment of community partnerships to assist in carrying out the goals and objectives of the program. Responsible for developing and organizing parents, groups, and committees necessary for parent involvement; and for establishing a system for identification of families and children in need of social services and implementing program activities to meet their needs.

Supervision Exercised:Yes

Typical Physical Demands: Physical stamina is required to tolerate standing, stooping, reaching, grasping, kneeling, walking, bending, and lifting objects weighing up to 25lbs.  Requires full range of body motion, including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.  Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.  Occasionally requires working under stressful conditions and irregular hours.  Requires the completion and acceptable results of a physical examination and TB screening per the rules and regulations of the Head Start Program.



Typical Working Conditions:  Position is divided between an office environment and field work conducted in various branch locations.   Requires frequent automobile travel to various branches, training, seminars and workshops. 


Job Segments:

  1. Develops a plan with the Policy Council to address the Head Start's Performance Standards for delivery of family services, parent involvement, and community partnership building.
  2. Oversees, coordinates and implements all aspects of the family services content area, integrating efforts with appropriate supervisory personnel and other Content Area Specialists in accordance with program performance standards.
  3. Plans and develops programs designed to implement the parent involvement goals and objectives, integrating efforts with appropriate supervisory personnel and other Content Area Specialists in accordance with program performance standards.
  4. With input from the Policy Council, Director of Early Education and Care, and other program staff, develops and implements a plan for the recruitment, selection and enrollment of children assuring the enrollment of children with disabling conditions
  5. Assists in the development and implements a planning system that supports parents as they identify and meet their own goals and nurtures the development of their children within the context of their family and culture.


  1. Provides on-site consultation to staff and parents relative to family and community partnership activities.
  2. Responsible for eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment and attendance in the program.
  3. Provides communication and service coordination
  4. Ensures the utilization of a confidential file on each family, located at each center, which contains registration and enrollment information; health, nutrition, mental health, disability, parent contact information; and the Family Partnership Agreement.
  5. Through the efforts of the Family Services Worker, ensures collaborative partnership building with parents to establish mutual trust and to identify family goals, strengths, necessary services and other supports.
  6. Facilitates family goal-setting across all areas of Head Start including child development and education, health, nutrition, mental health education, community advocacy, transition practices, and home visits through the family partnership agreement process. Coordinates and oversees registration, recruitment and enrollment of all Head Start children and families.
  7. Monitors to ensure that content area goals and objectives are achieved.
  8. Ongoing monitoring and self-assessment
  9. Supervision and Human Resource interaction
  10. Program governance, reporting, leadership and fiscal management
  11. Determines areas of weakness in the service delivery system and takes corrective action or makes recommendations for corrective action.
  12. Serves as liaison between Head Start and other community services agencies to network, identify resources, and to establish partnerships and collaborative efforts to carry out program goals and objectives.
  13. Seeks community resources and partnerships that would provide additional revenue to enhance services for parents and establishes collaborative partnerships to provide In-kind services and resources for the families.
  14. Compiles In-Kind Contribution reports.
  15. Establishes and maintains accurate records of home visitations, monthly meetings, case records and parent activity projects.
  16. Facilitates regular and emergency meetings of the Policy Council, including committee meetings.
  17. Encourages parents to participate in policy-making decisions relative to the Head Start Program and provide information to Head Start's Policy Council.
  18. Assures that parent training occurs as outlined in the Performance Standards and documents the same.
  19. Accepts and demonstrates the Character Development Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
  20. Performs all other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Services, Social Work, Education Psychology, or other related field, required.
  • Two to Four year's previous experience in a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and implementation of early childhood and/or family support services programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills with the ability to effectively manage others.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with standard business software, to include book-keeping platforms.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing using correct English usage, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  • Position requires a clear criminal background check to include an MVR (Motor Vehicle Report).




Effect on End Results:

This job description may not be all-inclusive and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and directed by their supervisor.  Job description and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by management.

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