The Homeless Education Facilitator (HEF) will support the goals of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in WJCC Public Schools. The HEF provides direct services to students and families experiencing homelessness in order to remove barriers to accessing education. Developing, enhancing and supporting collaboration between WJCC and other local and state agencies to further the goal of assisting students and families is another key role of the HEF. The full scope of services provided by the HEF includes assessment, intervention, consultation and education, advocacy and data collection.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides ongoing case management services for students/families identified under the McKinney-Vento Act
- Assesses family needs utilizing standardized instruments
- Initiates team meetings with all school personnel and providers, as needed
- Reviews and assesses the case plan and progress towards goals for all families on caseload
- Provides consultative services to staff and parents related to homelessness
- Engages in community outreach activities
- Promotes collaboration and coordination of services among community agencies/service providers
- Develops and utilizes data collection materials. Maintains complete and accurate records of student/family interactions.
- Prepares comprehensive reports for data reporting
- Coordinates referral process with community agencies
- Models the WJCC Strategic Plan Values: Individualism, Integrity, Innovation, Accountability and Collaboration.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or other human services related field
- Knowledge of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act preferred
- Ability to interact with a variety of community service personnel
- Ability to communicate effectively with parents, public agencies, and building personnel
- Ability to plan and organize
- Previous experience working with families experiencing homelessness preferred
- Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, as well as work within a team environment
- Must demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with families and staff
- Ability to follow tasks through to completion with strong attention to detail
- Ability to problem-solve in situations that require immediate intervention
Performs duties under the supervision of Supervisor of Student Interventions
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
Works in coordination with staff of services to students. Works independently to plan caseload and follow-up. Must meet deadlines established by caseload. Individual works and interacts with families and children in school, home and community environments. Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone, to enter data into a computer terminal; to see and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids; hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classrooms and on the telephone; physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds.