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Family Advocate (Secondary Schools) - 2021/2022 School Year

Henrico County Public Schools-1
Henrico, VA, US
Closing date
Oct 29, 2021

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Product, Services & Policy, Education Advocacy
Grade Level
High School
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Job Title:
Family Advocate (Secondary Schools) - 2021/2022 School Year

Henrico, VA, US

Organization Name:
HCPS - Family & Community Engagement

About Us:
Henrico County Public Schools is one of the six largest county public school divisions in Virginia with a nationally recognized educational program. Henrico County is a suburban community surrounding the city of Richmond, VA. We are 104 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the east; 94 miles from the scenic Sky Line Drive to the west; 106 miles from Washington, D.C. to the north; and 75 miles from the North Carolina border to the south.
Our Mission:
Henrico County Public Schools, an innovative leader in educational excellence, will actively engage our students in diverse learning experiences that inspire and empower them to become contributing citizens.

General Statement of Duties:

This is an 8-hour per day, 220-day position (10 months). This position works with Middle/High Schools and the Department of Family and Community Engagement.

The starting annual salary for this position is $28,804.85. Anticipated start date is August 23, 2021.

Responsible for the coordination, identification, and implementation of activities which enhance parent participation in two-way meaningful communication with the school regarding students' academic learning and other school/community activities. These activities include ensuring parents play an integral part in assisting their child(ren)'s learning by being actively involved in their child's education at school and in the community; helping parents understand their role as full partners in their child's education; and provide service resources to families.
Ability to work as an advocate for at-risk families and children. Knowledge of Social Service Agencies and the public education environment. Must have skills in communicating, problem solving, organizing, interpersonal relationships, staff training, program administration, and decision-making or any equivalent combination of experience and training which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Self motivated. Hours may be flexible.

Essential Duties:
  • Serves as an advocate for ALL families and children;
  • Works with parents to establish and maintain regular attendance for their child and to ensure compliance with school and state guidelines;
  • Becomes familiar with program policies and procedures and service area plans;
  • Provides family crisis intervention as needed with assistance of other program staff;
  • Assist parents in enhancing skills (e.g. parent education classes, ESL classes, computer and Technology classes, adult and parent self-help classes) for the purpose of being actively involved in their child's education;
  • Coordinates resources such as transportation, child care, FAMIS, fuel assistance, Department of Social Services, etc., for the purpose of providing the parent an opportunity to become an active participant in school activities/organizations;
  • Assist parents with transportation to appointments and parent functions as appropriate;
  • Organizes and facilitates workshops (e.g. day, evening, and/or weekends) for the purpose of providing information, resources, and support to parents enhancing their overall parenting skills in the school and community;
  • Collaborates with others to promote and ensure the importance of parent involvement with school personnel for the purpose of providing effective methods and tools for working with parents as equal partners;
  • Communicates with parents, teachers, principals, and community organizations for the strengthening parent/school/community relationships;
  • Maintains ongoing contact with teaching staff through class visits, email, telephone, etc., in order to share relevant information with parents and gain information regarding child performance in the classroom;
  • Conducts home visits for the purpose of enhancing appropriate parenting skills related to the academic success of their students;
  • Actively and creatively encourages parents to participate in parent meetings, field trips, etc.;
  • Encourages parent-initiated school contacts (e.g. PTA, PTO, Parent Volunteerism, and Parent Teacher Conferences) for the purpose of involving the parent as an active participant in their child's education;
  • Informs parents of community-based educational opportunities for the purpose of providing additional academic support beyond the regular school day;
  • Maintains a variety of records/documents (confidential and non-confidential) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or ensuring documentation for future reference in accordance with administrative and legal requirements;
  • Conducts a "Family Needs Assessment" on an as needed basis to assess family goals and needs, provide recommendations and referrals for relevant community resources, and follow-up to ensure supports are in place;
  • Documents and tracks follow-up for family needs and goals;
  • Participates in staff development activities and professional growth opportunities with school staff and Family Advocate team;
  • Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources in a timely manner; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
A minimum of twenty-four (24) college credit hours in Early Childhood Education, Education or related field and willingness to continue training. A minimum of one (1) year experience working with school age children and parents, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A valid Virginia Driver's license. ESL Spanish speaking preferred. HCPS reserves the right to waive one or more of the listed job requirements when in the best interest of the school system. Additional languages may be considered a plus, particularly if they align with the needs of a school.

The incumbent will have a responsibility of providing transportation to students and/or families under certain circumstances. Applicants selected for an interview MUST provide a copy of their DMV driving record on their interview date.

Additional Information:
This is an 8-hour per day, 220-day position (10 months). This position works with Middle/High Schools and the Department of Family and Community Engagement.

The starting annual salary for this position is $28,804.85.

How To Apply:

To be considered for the listed vacancy, you must submit an online application, upload your resume and transcripts, and mail or fax three (3) written references to:

Henrico County Public Schools
Department of Human Resources
P. O. Box 23120
3820 Nine Mile Road
Henrico, VA 23223
Fax: (804) 652-3763

The School Board of Henrico County is committed to nondiscrimination with regard to sex (including pregnancy), gender, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law (except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification), in employment or in its programs and activities.

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Main Organization:
Public Schools Public Schools

Employment Status:
Permanent Fulltime Permanent Full-time

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Henrico County Public Schools expresses a divisionwide commitment to every student by communicating a vision of inclusiveness: “The right to achieve. The support to succeed.” The school division also embraces four critical cornerstones: Student Safety, Academic Progress, Closing Gaps and Relationships.

The school system serves the families of Henrico County, Virginia, a diverse community of more than 320,000 which wraps west, north and east of the independent city and state capital of Richmond. Henrico is Virginia’s fifth-most populous county.

HCPS is the sixth largest public school division in Virginia, and is comprised of 72 schools and program centers serving more than 50,000 students. The division’s schools reflect the geographic diversity of Henrico County, and lie in bustling near-urban and suburban settings; small towns; and quiet rural areas.

Academic excellence and opportunity are hallmarks of Henrico County Public Schools. Twenty-three division schools earned 2017 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement, presented by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education. HCPS was again tops in the Richmond region with the most schools earning the distinction. Short Pump Middle School was one of only nine schools in the commonwealth to earn the highest designation.

HCPS also leads central Virginia in teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Completion of the rigorous process is the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment.

Henrico Schools has robust programs and support services for families of students with special needs; gifted students; homebound and homeschooled students; and students learning English as a second language.

Each of the division’s high schools is fully accredited and hosts an academic specialty center. The specialty centers allow students with clear interests the chance to focus on a preferred area, such as engineering, the arts or world languages. Three middle schools offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program and two high schools offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.

The division also has cutting-edge programs in career and technical education, at individual schools and at two Advanced Career Education centers. From learning about sustainable seafood in culinary arts classes to applying technology concepts at Richmond Raceway, HCPS’ Department of Career and Technical Education helps students become effective participants in the international economy.

From academics to athletics, from the arts to career skills, Henrico County Public Schools is proud to be part of helping our community thrive by ensuring that each child has the right to achieve and the support to succeed.


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