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Family Advocate
Family Enrichment Center: About the Family Enrichment Center
The Family Enrichment Center (FEC) is a warm and welcoming community-gathering place in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. It is a space where any member of the community can come for support, information and services. The FEC is a home like setting, which reflects the community, and offers direct services, activities and resources that promote family wellbeing and empowerment. In partnership with FEC staff, families will drive the planning, development, and sustainable co-ownership of the centers. Families who participate in the FEC programming will be encouraged to share their expertise by volunteering at the center, and given meaningful opportunities to engage with neighbors and peers. The goal of the FEC is to strengthen families protective factors and build community connections, capacity and resilience.
Position Summary:
The focus of this job is building connections with FEC Staff, community partners, and stakeholders. An engaging-empathetic communication style based on natural warmth and enthusiasm are the keys to achieving the goals of this job. The FEC Family Advocate is responsible for contributing to the day-to-day operation of the FEC including, co-designing and delivering programming, providing concrete advocacy for members, making referrals and creating a warm and welcoming gathering place. The Family Advocate will welcome newcomers, take active steps to recruit volunteers and ensure that they are valued members of the team.
A key part of the Family Advocates job is to convene, support, and collaborate with a team of local parents to deliver monthly events (training will be provided).
You Are:
A natural collaborator
Able to focus on the big picture as well as the details
Warm, outgoing, enthusiastic, and can enliven, engage, and positively impact individuals and groups from a diverse community
Able to co-create with the Family Enrichment Center community
A sincere appreciation for people and how they are each uniquely motivated to designing and implementing interactive communication and offerings.
Skilled at working in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects occurring simultaneously
Able to promote cooperation and possess a strong commitment to results
Solution-focused and skilled at proactively establishing relationships and new groups.
Able to involve others in decision-making processes, promote cooperation, and possess a strong commitment to results
Community Engagement through Appreciative Inquiry: always attends to community engagement; face to face individual coaching, and coordinates with other organizations including negotiating with community partners on behalf of community to ensure community needs are met on an ongoing basis.
Meets FEC requirements in the timeliness and frequency of member contacts,
Presenting and participate in community events and meetings;
Insures that there is sufficient follow up for both individuals and community partners, which includes relationship building with community partners who participated in various offerings at FEC including Community Cafes among other co-created offerings.
O.U.R. Place Offerings: ensure that families are positively progressing with their families by engaging in family offerings like the Parent Caf. The offerings insure that there are individual and family outcomes that focus on the seven protective factors. The offering framework modifies plans to affirm, lift community voice and celebrate familys success on an ongoing basis.
Documentation: understands the importance of timely documentation as a reflection of FEC planning with families and community. a) Submits all required documentation including petty cash reimbursements, purchase orders and check request for Vendors to ensure that all the necessary supplies are available for successful FEC offerings. b) Completes and submits critical incident reports within the 24-hour timeframe.
Practice: a) immediately reaches out to engage with caregivers and individuals consistently insures that engagement takes place in a timely manner. Weekly Check-ins with community via text messages and phone calls. b) Follow-up with community/ caregivers after an offering via phone call or text message. c) Use text messaging to share opportunities for support and resources distributed from other community partners. Meaningfully follows up with providers to insure that families are receiving appropriate services that address their needs. d) Co-Created pre/post surveys to engage the communitys interest in offerings and to use surveys to co-design future offerings with community. Surveys will be used to ensure that communities needs are being met as well as their voices are being heard
Community Partner Collaboration: a) Engage community partners to develop a connection to community through their participation and engagement of O.U.R. Place offerings. This level of partnership supports community in building stronger relationships with community partners while also building a warm handoff connection between community partner, and O.U.R. Place.

You Have:
Bachelors Degree in social work, public policy, education, public administration, or related field; and/or equivalent experience
Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Lived and/or worked in the South Bronx
Strong interpersonal skills, be able to connect with and engage children, youth and families
Experience imputing data, running data driven reports and using the information to make programmatic decisions
Experience developing and running street outreach events, develop community partnerships and developing community resources
It Is A Plus If You:
Have experience in any of the following areas: political campaigns, street outreach and/or developing community programs and services. Have experience organizing.
Position Type: Full Time
Salary: $45,000/Annually + Merit + Benefits
Graham Windham offers eligible employees a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, paid time off, holiday pay, retirement savings plan, and much more.


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