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Health Disabilities Advocate (Bilingual/Spanish required)

Acelero Learning
United States, Nevada, Las Vegas
February 16, 2023

Are you a socially conscious, dedicated individual who is committed to building a better future for children, families, and their communities? If so, join us as we support early childhood education programs across the country to create positive outcomes for the children and families served.

The Health and Disabilities Advocate (HDA) will work as a member of a team whose primary role is to engage families to partner with us to promote children's healthy development and school readiness. In their specialized role, the Health and Disabilities Advocates are responsible for working with their team members and the Health and Nutrition Coordinators to assure that all children in their assigned Centers are up to date on EPSDT requirements, receive health follow up on acute and chronic conditions, and have medical and dental homes. They will also provide individualized support to a caseload of families whose children have chronic health and nutrition conditions and special needs. In this role, they will collaborate with Health and Nutrition Coordinators and Early Learning Disabilities Specialists/Disabilities/MH Coordinators to assist with family support, care coordination, goal setting and follow up to align home and school interventions and enhance families' capacity to meet their children's special needs.

This position has been established to strengthen our Head Start program's ability to provide tailored, individualized support to a subset of families whose children's health conditions and special needs often require enhanced knowledge and capacity to navigate community based medical, mental health and special education systems. In addition, the Health and Disabilities Advocates serve a critical coordinating function between service areas in our program by assuring that all staff have the information needed to support the children's health and well-being. The position may involve reassignment of caseload and/or center location as deemed necessary for program operations.

The Health/Disabilities Advocate's responsibilities primarily fall within the following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as required by the program:
* Promote Family Environments that Enhance Children's Development
* Assure EPSDT Adherence
* Support Families of Children with Chronic Health Conditions or Special Needs
* Maintain Internal and External Service Coordination
* Maintain Accurate and Timely Record Keeping and Reporting

Job Requirements:
* AA or BA Degree in Public Health, Social Work, Human Services, Family Services, Counseling or a related field preferred, OR AA or BA in another field with a commitment to complete Family Services/Certificate/Credential within 18 months of hire. We will also consider candidates with a High School Diploma with 3 years experience working in the community with families and a completed Family Development Certificate or Credential
* Bilingual/Spanish required.
* The commitment and passion for achieving positive child and family outcomes through high quality family engagement
* Experience, training, and skill assisting the parents of young children to advocate for their families
* Pass physical examination, background check, and fingerprinting screen
* Advanced computer literacy in email, word processing and internet navigation

Additional Requirements:
* Ability to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed
* Ability to obtain certification in CPR and First Aid
* Pass physical examination, background check, and fingerprinting screen

This position earns up to 21.60 Hourly

Why Acelero Learning or Shine Early Learning?
- Ability to make an impact in the lives of the children, families, and partners we serve
- Career growth and professional development opportunities
- Supportive working environment
- Average of 5 weeks of paid time off during 1st year of employment
- Comprehensive benefits, including 401K matching and 100% vesting program

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and healthy work place.

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