Neighborhood House Association

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at Neighborhood House Association

Pay: $17.96 to $19.34/hour
Posted: 11/29/2018
Job Status: Full Time

Job Description

48 Week Position

Basic Job Assignment:

Under the direction of the Area Director, the Program Assistant-Parent Engagement position manages a wide range of projects and activities designed to implement an integrated multi-faceted parent engagement service delivery system.

Employment Requirements:

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, independent worker who possesses a solid knowledge of Federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable to the Head Start program, and the assigned areas of responsibility and expertise; Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Act; NHA goals, objectives, policies and procedures; Child development theories/strategies, and community resources and adult learning concepts. The ideal candidate will also have the ability to operate a computer terminal and/or computer using word processing, spreadsheet, database and other standard business software; type accurately at a speed necessary to meet the requirements of the position; organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility; interpret, apply, explain and reach sound decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures; instruct and train individuals in a group setting and one-on-one; communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing; maintain sensitive and confidential information; Use tact, discretion and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive situations and concerned people and customers; and Establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with officials, staff, the public and others encountered in the course of work. The incumbent must have demonstrated experience working with culturally and ethnically diverse, low income or no income clients and unique populations.


  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Child Development or closely related field required; OR a minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience providing direct services to low income children and families of diverse cultural backgrounds and experience in the design, planning and implementation of parent engagement activities is required.;         
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a program that emphasizes the parent’s role in the child’s development; capability to communicate with persons from diverse backgrounds;
  • Prior experience with community based groups and/or parent groups is preferred;
  • Experience as a trainer preferred; 

Example of Major Functions:

  • Work with program staff to implement the policies/procedures and practices designed to ensure compliance with the HS Performance Standards and Head Start Act and meet the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the Family and Community Engagement Framework by integrating family engagement strategies into all systems and program services;
  • Responsible for coordinating family engagement services to children and families enrolled in the Head Start and Early Head Start program options;
  • Plan, develop and deliver Family Engagement training for staff and parents;
  • Collaborate with staff to promote parent engagement by helping to plan and implement parent meetings, workshops, parent conferences, training, and other activities that meet the needs and interests of families
  • Plans and organizes family engagement outreach, programs and activities;
  • Evaluates and develop trainings/workshops to help parents/families participate more effectively in school readiness activities;
  • Confers effectively with appropriate site personnel, parents and community agencies to increase parent engagement;
  • Prepares materials for parent engagement activities;
  • Attends and assists with Area Parent Advisory Committees;
  • Participates in professional development opportunities;
  • Keeps abreast of development and research in the professional area of Parent Engagement;
  • Facilitates or leads parent engagement activities;
  • Coordinate, monitor and report all program data related to Parent Engagement;
  • Develop and implement annual leadership training for Head Start/Early Head Start parents; track and monitor parent training requests;
  • Encourage and partner with Head Start parents as they become and/or remain actively engaged in Head Start activities;
  • Orients parents in the philosophy, policies, and practices of parent engagement in the Head Start Program;
  • Promote and support engagement of parents/guardians in Parent Committees and Policy Council;
  • Coordinates with grantee Specialists in arranging for experts in diverse subject matter to provide workshops and training sessions;
  • Provide staff assistance to help plan, implement, evaluate and report on program activities;
  • Assists in the development and updating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
  • Updates resource materials when needed;
  • Assists in pre-service and in-service trainings;
  • Design family engagement activities to help families participate more effectively in improving their children’s learning;
  • Help staff and families develop strong partnerships and enhance communications;
  • Maintains records of work activity and the family engagement resource office;

Application Instructions

Application and Supplemental Questionnaire must be fully completed (per instructions), signed and dated when submitted. The Questionnaire can be found at the end of the job announcement pdf. If you have CD/ECE units, submit copy of official transcripts with your application to receive consideration. Applications and job announcements may be obtained at the above address; 841 South 41 st Street, San Diego, CA 92113; or you may refer to NOTE: 1 - Only properly completed and submitted applications will be considered. Notifications will not be sent for applications that do not meet submission requirements. 2 - Applications of candidates who do not meet the stated position requirements will not be considered. Only those considered for interview will be contacted.