Family Work Director
The Children’s Aid Society (CAS), established in 1853, is one of New York City’s leading child and family service organizations. Today the CAS Early Childhood Department serves nearly 600 low-income children ages 0-5 in schools and community centers across 9 sites throughout Manhattan and the Bronx through a combination of Universal Preschool, Head Start and Early Head Start funding and child care subsidies.
The Family Work Director must have qualifications that satisfy Federal Head Start requirements and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Article 47 regulations.
Hold a Master’s of Social Work.
• Bilingual preferred
• Dedicated, excited and passionate about working with families.
• Professional approach
• Resourceful & dependable
• Extremely effective communication skills
• High level computer skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Commitment to professional development
• Experience advocating for families
A review and final determination of credentials and qualifications are reserved for the site Program Director and the CAS Director of Early Childhood Programs.
Under the direct supervision of the site’s Program Director, the Family Work Director’s responsibilities include the following:
Program Design, Management and Supervision
• Provide leadership and supervision for all Family Workers. Leadership may be provided through the following: supporting Family Workers with intakes, enrollment, Family Partnership Assessments, etc., scheduling in-service training, providing staff development workshops and holding parent meetings.
• Support families, children and staff.
• Serve as the site’s Mental Health Consultant.
• Serve as a positive partner with fellow CAS Directors (Community Schools, Community Centers, etc)
• Recruit and enroll eligible families; maintain a waiting list.
• Build and foster trusting partnerships with families.
• Provide necessary supports to families based on their strengths and needs.
• Depending on the Center and the funding requirements, participate in home visits, Open Houses, and/or Family Days.
• Monitor children’s attendance and provide supports to minimize absences.
• Parent workshops.
• Work with the program’s parent governance group.
• Serve as an advocate for all children and families.
• Participate in case conferences
• Coordinate and participate in family meetings with special needs coordinator, teachers, health coordinator and mental health consultant.
• Support families during a crisis.
• Responsible for maintaining comprehensive documentation on each child and family.
• Enter, update, and monitor child/family information on the data management system.
• Be responsible for reporting data during reviews by city, state and federal authorities.
• Build and foster community partnerships in order to meet the needs of families.
• Accompanying families to public assistance, court, Department of Educations for special needs and transition and health visits.
Health and Safety
• Track and monitor physical, social, and mental health for each child and family.
• Act as a liaison between families and Health/Mental Health/Nutritional staff.
• Link families to community partners to provide services as needed.
• Collaborate with educational and other program staff in order to best integrate all program services.
• Participate in offered trainings, workshops, in-service days, and/or all-staff conferences.
• Maintain proof of attendance in professional activities.
• Support the growth of the center including participating in program-wide goal setting and individual and program self-assessment.
• Develop comprehensive knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards, DOH regulations, City guidelines, and CAS Early Childhood policies and procedures.
Please upload a cover letter specifying which position you are interested in and resume below:
Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted
Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer