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Since 1969 the Achievement Centers for Children & Families has provided program and services to hard working families and their children. With a strong focus on education and family strengthening programming, Achievement Centers has touched thousands of lives. Achievement Centers is a community-based, private nonprofit organization located in a priority neighborhood of Delray Beach and continues to grow with nearly 90 employees, three sites, and a total annual operating budget of $4.5 million. The agengy has a strong community reputation, an evidence-based approach to services, and a workplace culture that has resulted in committed boards and staff. It is the responsibility of every employee to promote the mission and vision of Achievement Centers as they foster programs and activities that promote the academic, social, emotional and physical development of each child enrolled.

Family Engagement Specialist

Position Overview: All positions are responsible for upholding the mission and vision of Achievement Centers for Children & Families and fostering programs and activities that promote the academic, social, emotional and physical development of each child enrolled.

Family Engagement Specialist partners with families enrolled at ACCF or from the surrounding community to support children’s academic, cognitive and social-emotional success.  The Family Engagement Specialist builds trusting relationships and engages families participation and involvement with their children’s development. They work with students and families to set goals; encourage behaviors that support positive outcomes; and connect to resources/ navigate systems that support success.

Classification:  Exempt – Salaried

Reports to:  Program Manager, Family Programs & Community Partnerships

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  • Develop trusting relationships with students and families enrolled at ACCF or living in Delray Beach’s priority neighborhood. Engage and create relationships with families to foster positive experiences for children and families.
  • Participate in Daily Family greeting activities.
  • Track needs of students at assigned site.
  • Work in coordination with Early Learning Program staff and parents to monitor and support students’ developmental progress and address any barriers to success.
  • Assist in conducting screenings and assessment of all children along with ensuring to communicate and translate results to parents
  • Support linkage and referrals for families and the community.
  • Recruit and maintain a caseload of children and their families with identified need for developmental and case management support. Provide coaching and problem-solving to overcome obstacles for children and families to bolster developmental gains.
  • Support children and families in setting and reaching achievement goals, connecting within the early learning program, and facilitating other supports.
  • Provide families’ access to wrap-around resources from ACCF collaborative partners.
  • Develop and track goals and action steps to encourage and facilitate progress.
  • Recruit, coordinate and host family involvement in ACCF workshops and parent engagement activities.
  • Manage and maintain recruitment, enrollment, parent access to funding, parent communications, fee and documentation collection, etc.
  • Explain absentee guideline process to families enrolling an “At Risk” child during intake
  • Report client progress and enrollment status
  • Assist in processing tuition payments
  • Work with the program staff to create a social and emotionally healthy and responsive environment.
  • Develop and run a Parent Advisory Council
  • Keep all family and process related documentation up to date in client files. Document and record all contact, referrals, case-planning conversations, and progress for program evaluation purposes. Maintain and keep up to date, all contact, referral, and restorative practice logs.
  • Facilitate community building circles, responsive circles, and formal conferences (engaging key stakeholders in the child’s life).
  • Serve as an Early Childhood Educator and count in Health Department ratio if needed.
  • Attend weekly program staff meetings and community meetings and represent Achievement Centers.
  • Provide assistance with translating information for all Creole speaking families.
  • Identify and assess families through an assessment process who may be at risk of poor health outcomes.
  • Implement a solution focused plan that is SMART for all family members to achieve.
  • Act in the best interest of families by advocating for them during meetings with partnering agencies.
  • To be able to engage children through play to support their learning and development in conjunction with the Teaching Strategies Gold Objectives for Development and Learning, VPK Standards, and Head Start Statewide School Readiness Standards.
  • Assist in the planning and delivery of information to families.
  • Report on all safeguarding matters to leadership staff and ensure adherence to staff and organization safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • A./BS in social work, early childhood education, counseling (or similar) and experience in community organizing, or a combination of equivalent experience and training
  • Florida Staff Credential or willing to obtain within 90-days of employment
  • Delray Beach resident preferred
  • Bilingual (Creole-English) is required
  • Required DCF Childcare Training Credential or willingness to obtain within first year of employment (Must be started within 60 days of start date.)

Essential Skills/Abilities

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to learn and grow through professional development within a results oriented culture
  • A devotion and ability to build close relationships with students, families, partner agencies, and the community
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups
  • Positive approach to changing priorities and demands and work assignments
  • Computer proficiency preferred
  • Strong commitment to the expectation that all children regardless of their wealth, home language, zip code, gender, race, or disability should have access to opportunity
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn Restorative Practices, Wrap-Around, and Motivational Interviewing
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn about cultural and community strengths
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn about race equity and systems barriers to school and college readiness

Work Environment                                                                                                         

  • Be able to lift 25-30 lbs.
  • Be able to walk, squat/kneel, sit on floor, see, hear, speak with children to ensure children’s health and safety
  • Must be able to frequently walk, grasp, push, kneel and stand while setting up and taking down events.
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time while operating a computer
  • Frequently required to speak and listen while communicating
  • Must be able to endure repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement while operating office equipment
  • Requires clarity of vision at close distances while operating a computer
  • Must have a flexible schedule to work mornings and evenings as needed.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function

Other Employment Information

  • Fingerprinting and background check
  • Pre-employment and random drug screening
  • 90-day initial review period

Achievement Centers for Children & Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time.

Please submit resumes to hr@delraychild.org

Activity Instructor, Out of School Program

Position Overview

Oversees an assigned group of students and provides academic and extracurricular activities in a safe and structured environment. This position works in concert with program staff members to administer a wide variety of engaging learning opportunities to children and students.

Classification

Non-Exempt – Hourly (part-time)

Reports to

Site Director

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assumes all responsibilities as assigned and carries out duties in accordance with best practices and standards as outlined by affiliates and regulatory, contractual and funding agencies such as the Palm Beach County Health Department, Prime Time Palm Beach County and Early Learning
  • Reports to assigned area(s) on time to assist in daily student intake and Works with supervisors to ensure ratio requirements are maintained.
  • Teaches and supervises a group of school aged children. Prepares scheduled curriculum and provides instruction to children as outlined by curriculum, providing homework and learning support as well as fun and engaging
  • Plans, gains approval, and implements an enrichment club and activities that encourage the acquisition of new skills, promote healthy living and lifestyles, increase social development and proficiencies, and expose students to new and or expanded academic
  • Involves children in all program activities and acts as a positive role model for children and Interacts in a positive and encouraging manner with students, providing as many student-directed choices and leadership opportunities as possible. Responsible for the health, safety and well-being of children at all times.
  • Distributes snacks and meals and supervises assigned group during mealtimes.
  • Tracks and records all pertinent information for individual student progress, including attendance, task completion, measureable outcomes, report cards, FCAT scores, and other assigned evaluation tools used for data collection and reporting while keeping all records confidential and
  • Reports concerns regarding students and any incidents to the administrative team. Assists in parent conferences and follow-up referrals for any concerns regarding individual emotional state, academic progress and or social
  • Exhibits professional and collaborative behavior with children, program staff, parents and guardians, and school personnel.
  • Attends special agency events to be connected with students and plans recognition for outstanding student
  • Assists with classroom maintenance, ensuring a neat and clean environment; requests necessary materials and supplies from supervisor(s) in
  • Reports any needed repairs or maintenance to supervisor as soon as
  • Assures lesson plans and activity schedules are available for any substitute filling in during
  • Remains flexible with regard to work schedule to allow for special events.
  • Obtains all necessary training and credentials and attend staff meetings as
Education and Experience
  • High School Diploma
  • Completion of 40-hour DCF course or ability to do so within the first year of employment
Essential Skills/Abilities
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to project a positive attitude at all times
  • Ability to remain flexible regarding job requirements
  • Ability to manage time effectively
Work Environment
  • Must be able to frequently walk, grasp, push, kneel and stand
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time while operating a computer
  • Frequently required to speak and listen while communicating
  • Must be able to endure repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement while operating office equipment
  • Requires clarity of vision at close distances while operating a computer
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Other Employment Information
  • Fingerprinting and background check
  • Pre-employment and random drug screening
  • 90-day initial review period

Achievement Centers for Children & Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time.

Please submit resumes to hr@delraychild.org

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