Deputy Director of Family and Community Engagement

  • 25 Chapel St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS) has dedicated itself to providing high quality early childhood education to children from low-income families for the last 125 years. We serve nearly 450 children in full-day educational classes, each enriched with pre-literacy and language programs as well as arts and music instruction. BKS recognizes that families – the key to children’s success – often benefit from resources and support beyond the classroom. To that end, our social services staff provides counseling, referral services, and workshops for children and their families. We were rated one of the top seven school readiness programs in Greater New York (out of 1,700 organizations reviewed) by Root Cause Foundation. We provide full day, year round care for children who are stimulated by the various curriculum studies initiated by them and guided by the principles of the Creative Curriculum.

Job Description

The Deputy Director of Family and Community Engagement supervises the Family Services team and works closely with the Parent Policy Council to deepen family engagement. He/she will oversee planning and implementing Parent, Family and Community Engagement services, creates individualized Family Partnership Agreements with parents and guardians, and makes home visits in accordance with program requirements. He/she will also supervise the Health, Mental Health and Nutrition Consultants and serve as a community liaison.

 

SCOPE OF INFLUENCE  

  • Direct client group across multiple programs within departments
  • Partners with internal and external customers

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES  

Staff Supervision (50%) 

  • Hire, train and coach Family Services Staff
  • Train Staff to conduct home visits for enrolled families, on schedule and in accordance with program model
  • Ensure that case management plans are responsive and appropriately being implemented
  • Ensure that site staff reviews and tracks children’s attendance and follow up on absences on the first day of absence
  • Monitor files, Child Plus data entry and workflow of the staff to ensure optimal service delivery
  • Assist site staff in organizing, facilitating and conducting meetings and train sessions with parents, including Parent Committee and Policy Committee meetings

 Community Partnering & Organizing with Centers (30%) 

  • Review and track individualized Family Partnership Agreements
  • Train parent representatives of Parent Committee and Policy Committee
  • Organize and participate in inter-agency meetings
  • Participate in community boards, councils, advisory groups, etc.
  • Submit accurate, timely reports as required
  • Ensure confidentiality of records of families and children
  • Coordinate with Directors and designated staff with regard to eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment and attendance
  • Visit program sites on a regularly scheduled basis 

Other (10%) 

  • Organize and participate in inter-agency meetings
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required Knowledge  

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field
  • 3-5 supervisory experience in social work field or related field. Special focus on reflective supervision
  • Experience in Early Childhood Development and/or child welfare preferred

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal, supervisory and leadership skills
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities in order to meet deadlines
  • Strong time management skills, ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments at once
  • Available to work on some weekends (particularly to accommodate families)
  • Proficient in internet navigation, E-mail, and Microsoft Word

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Please provide a cover letter when applying. Applications without cover letters will not be accepted.