Student and Family Advocate (PT)

Job #202 Category: General Staff

About the Job:

The Student and Family Advocate position will play a vital role in Miami Children’s Initiative Impact Zone and its implementation of the block-by-block strategy. 

MCI’s Block-by-Block is a two-pronged approach: an intentional and recognized value of every child and their family and visual signs of positive change.

The Student and Family Advocate position will work directly with children and families residing within an eight-square block area surrounding Charles R. Drew K-8 Center.  The advocate will monitor the progress of assigned students, and will develop individualized action plans to help students achieve academically, socially and personally.  This position includes administrative duties, completing intake forms, tutoring, mentorship and complete participation in the agency’s after school programming. 

Responsibilities: 

  1. Promote academic, social and personal success for students
  2. Develop and maintain a relationship with students and their families
  3. Implement and participate in curriculum and activities for students in the afterschool program.
  4. In partnership with the MCI Impact Zone Team, schedule visits, meet with guidance counselors and teachers to discuss student progress
  5. Maintain effective communication and rapport with students, school personnel and parents.
  6. Address cultural, ethnic, financial, physical and/or emotional problems through the development of student profiles.
  7. Actively supervise students in the afterschool program to ensure safety
  8. Demonstrate professional integrity by adhering to ethical standards appropriate to the position.
  9. Assist with administrative duties including data entry, maintenance of student records consistent with Miami Children’s Initiative’s procedures.
  10. Attend meetings, agency based events, and conferences as necessary
  11. Participate in recommended trainings, programs, conferences, courses and other professional growth activities to enhance and maintain knowledge of appropriate childhood practice.
  12. Perform additional duties assigned by the Program Director according to programmatic needs.

Other Requirements:

  1. Possess the ability to write well, analyze and solve problems, communicate effectively, and follow verbal and written instructions
  2. Provide exceptional customer service

Qualifications: 

  1. A. Degree or equivalent experience (preferred)
  2. Pass all necessary Federal and State background checks
  3. Ability to commit to service hours required for after school service
  4. Ability to effectively engage students
  5. Motivated, well organized, with exceptional communication skills
  6. Experience in working with underserved youth
  7. Ability to work easily with people at all levels of the organization
  8. Strong communication and interpersonal skills among diverse populations
  9. Ability to lift more than 10 pounds
  10. Computer literate and have basic knowledge of common Microsoft Office applications

Mandatory Requirements: 

  • Employment eligibility verification
  • Valid government picture ID
  • Successful completion of background screening

MCI Team Member Expectations:

  • Manual labor
  • Weekly mandatory staff meetings
  • Attend service training(s)
  • Trilingual Preferred but not required (Speaking, Reading, and Writing) in English, Spanish, and Creole.

Working Conditions:

  • The Student and Family Advocate Coach may have to manage several projects at one time, and may be interrupted frequently to meet the needs and requests of children and staff. The environment will be busy, noisy and fast paced. The employee is required to stand; walk; use hands handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; kneel; crouch; talk; and hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee must frequently lift and/or move more than 10 pounds

Salary Range: $15.00 per hour 

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