The Division of Early Childhood Learning is actively recruiting candidates for four Paraprofessional - Family Partnership Associate (FPA) positions in Head Start housed at the Grant Gordon location.
These 30 hour per week, benefit eligible positions require eligible applicants to hold 48 college credits or to have successfully completed one of the following Paraprofessional Assessments: WorkKeys ACT, ParaPro Assessment ETS, Paraeducator Master Teacher. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Positions will be offered on both traditional and early start calendars.
Family Partnership Associates provide direct services to Head Start families and children in the areas of recruitment/enrollment, parent involvement, advocacy and health services. The FPA works to develop strong parental connections to the school and in the Head Start program while supporting the MPS strategic plan.How To Apply
Interested applicants should complete all sections of the application including the online submission of a current resume.
At the time of hire, the selected candidate will need to submit three (3) letters of recommendation dated within the last year and signed by the author and a copy of official transcripts verifying the required 48 credits or passing assessment scores.Qualifications
Applicants must be able to obtain a Special Education Program Aide license (O070) from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and
hold 48 college credits or to have successfully completed one of the following Paraprofessional Assessments: WorkKeys ACT, ParaPro Assessment ETS, Paraeducator Master Teacher.
The Family Partnership Associate positon requires selected candidates to have his/her own reliable transportation and a valid driver's license.
Applicants as well as bilingual applicants with the following experience, skills, and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply:Experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Previous experience working as a part of parent organizations to include governance council, PTA/PTO or Title 1 programs. Head Start experience and/or familiarity with school routines, programs and resources would be helpful. Experience with case management and work in the social services area.
- Effective oral and written communication and presentation skills are required. Skilled at organizing resources and establishing priorities. Excellent teamwork skills are essential. The ability to develop effective working relationships with diverse individuals at all levels is required. Must have excellent planning and organizational skills. Must be able to juggle numerous responsibilities with varying deadlines. The ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports is required.
As of November 1, 2021, all MPS employees are required to be fully vaccinated. The health and safety of our staff and students is our number one priority.
All offers of employment are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (currently one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) to pass the pre-employment requirements. Individuals with medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an accommodation from the vaccine requirement.ResponsibilitiesRecruitment/Enrollment
- Assists in the ongoing process of recruitment, registration, enrollment and retention of Head Start families.
- Follow-ups on absenteeism (including excessive tardiness) in order to identify and address barriers to children's regular attendance.
- Maintains enrollment files for assigned schools/students including verification of all mandated documents.
- Leads work with families in assessing family strengths and needs and develop goals through the Family Partnership Agreement process.
- Develops and sustains collaborative relationships with an assigned caseload and serve as the point of contact for children and parents enrolled in the Head Start Program.
- Assists parents in transitioning to and from the Head Start Program.
- Holds monthly parent meetings.
- Assists in the formation of parent committees at assigned site/s and ensure compliance with the requirements of monthly parent meetings.
- Promotes parents' overall participation in Program Governance.
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- Encourages families to provide input into the educational activities of the program.
- Empowers families to successfully use their own voices to advocate on behalf of their children and themselves.
- Supports and assists families in crisis.
- Serves as a liaison between families and school personnel by making personal contacts, home visits, phone calls, or school contacts.
- Supports parents in their role as the primary educator of their children.
- Supports families in making arrangements to complete physicals, dentals and other necessary appointments.
- Assists parents in obtaining a medical/dental home, other health related services and ongoing care.
- Supports and documents child and family health and social services.
- Other duties as assigned.
The Milwaukee Public Schools does not discriminate in its programs, activities, facilities, employment, or educational opportunities on the basis of a person's sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability. Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.
In accordance with Wisconsin Statutes, every applicant for a position with Milwaukee Public Schools will be subject to the open records law. Any applicant not wishing to have his/her identity released, must submit a written statement to that effect to the Office of Human Resources. The identities of all "final candidates" may be released. Milwaukee Public Schools reserves the right to interview the best qualified candidates.