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Project NOW employs approximately 150 people in Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry Counties in Illinois. If you are interested in seeking employment opportunities at Project NOW, please send us your application and resume, or come in to one of our locations to fill out an application in person. You can email your resume and application to: amishra@projectnow.org. You will be contacted by Human Resources if you are selected for an interview. Due to the high volume of applicants, we are not able to personally contact each applicant. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we participate in E-Verify.

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Positions within Project NOW are primarily grant funded and funding decreases can affect our staffing levels.

 

Job Title: Driver, Home Delivered Meal Program (15 hours a week)      
Department: Senior Services                                         

SUMMARY Responsible for delivering daily meals to home bound seniors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Pick up meals at designated area
  • To deliver meals to clients in the Rock Island/Mercer County area.
  • Thoroughly clean and return delivery bags and containers to proper location after meal delivery.
  • Attend meetings and trainings as required.
  • Complete and turn in required paperwork in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Must have good verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in different situations.
  • Must have valid drivers license, reliable vehicle and proof of insurability

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as associated with road traffic.

 

Job Title: Driver, Home Delivered Meal Program (15 hours a week)      
Department: Senior Services                                         

SUMMARY Responsible for delivering daily meals to home bound seniors.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Pick up meals at designated area
  • To deliver meals to clients in the Rock Island/Mercer County area.
  • Thoroughly clean and return delivery bags and containers to proper location after meal delivery.
  • Attend meetings and trainings as required.
  • Complete and turn in required paperwork in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Must have good verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in different situations.
  • Must have valid drivers license, reliable vehicle and proof of insurability

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as associated with road traffic.

 

Job Title: Senior Services Director                                             
Department: Senior Services                                                                       

SUMMARY:  Responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating personnel, services and programs for the elderly at the Rock Island County Senior Service Center.   Includes oversight of various Senior programs such as Congregate Meals, Home-Delivered Meals, Transportation, and Information & Assistance/Outreach that are provided at the Senior Center and throughout Rock Island and Mercer Counties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Supervises and is responsible for Senior Center Focal Point operations, including congregate meals, home-delivered meals, transportation, Information and assistance, outreach, and the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) meals, and RIM Rural Public Transit as well as other programs and services deemed necessary by Project NOW.
  • Prepares budgets for all programs or service impacting division operations. Monitors same budgets and makes updates as required.
  • Monitors and participates in all facets of budget administration while insuring compliance with grant directives.
  • Directs preparation of budgets, reviews budget proposals, and prepares necessary supporting documentation and preparation.
  • Plans, implements and evaluates all division programs and makes revisions as necessary.
  • Creates and implements office systems to ensure compliance with federal, state and local funding source regulations.
  • Works with other agencies to provide comprehensive services.
  • Uses customer feedback, Title III advisory, RIM advisory and policy-making bodies to improve services, and attends meetings of these groups as necessary.
  • Ensures that reports to funding sources are prepared correctly and promptly.
  • Authorizes bills for payment on a regular basis.
  • Ensures the safe and appropriate maintenance of the Senior Center facility.
  • Writes and applies for grants for programs that reflect the priority needs of Project NOW.
  • Oversees fund raising activities for the Senior Center.
  • Evaluates program operations and makes recommendations for program improvements.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.  Must have good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistics. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of insurability.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this division. Oversees a staff of approximately 30 employees.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees: planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining all employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Minimum BA and 2 years professional experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office Software, and be able to use office equipment such as 10 key and keyboard.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet as generally associated with an office environment.

 

Job Title: Senior Services Operations Supervisor
Department: Senior Services

SUMMARY: Responsible for oversight of the day-to-day operations and activities related to Project NOW’s Senior Congregate Meal Program. Support in absence of supervisors and director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide supervision for the day-to-day operations of the Congregate Meal Program in Rock Island County.
  • Provide day-to-day supervision of meal program staff in the Congregate Meal Program.
  • Work with Mercer County Site Supervisor on the Congregate Meal Sites in Mercer County.
  • Maintain, prepare and submit reports, including assessments for all divisions within the Senior Services Department.
  • Recruit, supervise, and train staff and volunteers in Congregate Meal Program.
  • Implement marketing of Congregate Meal Sites in Rock Island County.
  • Prepare and lead monthly Meal Site Monitor meetings.
  • Assist Senior Services Director with preparation and review of staff performance evaluations, policy implementations, disciplinary actions, planning and executing fundraising/customer/volunteer events.
  • Handle communications with customers, vendors, meal program staff and volunteers for the Congregate Meal Program.
  • Prepares bills for payment and purchase orders.
  • Serves as backup for Meal Operations Supervisor and Transportation Operations Supervisor as needed.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Associate’s degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; and two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office software and be able to use a 10-key and keyboard.  Must have reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  Must be able to obtain and keep current a Food Handler’s Permit through the State of Illinois.

 

Job Title: Store Clerk (Aledo Good Things NOW)
Department: Community Services
                              
SUMMARY
Provides customer services to a variety of customers and donors while pricing, stocking, selling, restocking and displaying merchandise in Project NOW’s Good Things NOW resale store.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Itemizes and totals customer merchandise selection at checkout counter, rings through cash register and accepts cash and/or vouchers for purchases.
  • Sign off on vouchers and fills in dollar amount of purchase on the voucher.
  • Takes inventory and examines merchandise to identify items to be discarded.
  • Receives, opens, and unpacks donated items, checking items received for damage.
  • Stamps, attaches, or changes price tags on merchandise, referring to price list.
  • Stocks storage areas and displays with new or transferred merchandise.
  • Sets up advertising signs and displays merchandise on shelves, counters, or tables to attract customers and promote sales.
  • Cleans and vacuums the store including restrooms, display cases, shelves, and aisles, and maintains a safe work area.  Keeps all areas free of clutter.
  • Reports any items of safety or maintenance needs to supervisor.
  • Balance cash register and submits required paperwork to supervisor.
  • Packs customer purchases in bags or cartons.
  • Exercise strong customer service skills while interacting with a variety of customers and donors
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization
  • Must understand and use basic mathematical functions
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few variables in different situations.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position has no supervisory responsibilities

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE   
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be able to operate cash register and demonstrate strong customer service skills.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk and listen. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate as associated with a retail store function

 

 

Job Title: Meal Site Monitor –  Port Byron Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Department: Senior Services

Summary: Oversees the day-to-day activities at the meal sites.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Open site and make preparations to serve the meals.
  • Recruit, organize and supervise volunteers to assist in the operation of the meal site.
  • Promote meal site in community and recruit customers.
  • Monitor supplies on hand and reorder when necessary.
  • Maintain accurate records of those who attend the meal site on a daily basis.
  • Count daily donations, make deposit and send in weekly accounting reports.
  • Make daily reservations with the caterer.
  • Take daily reservations and get client signatures when meals are served.
  • Attend monthly Meal Site Monitor and Menu Planning meetings.
  • Learn proper portion control.
  • Will be trained to understand and adhere to all procedures including participant confidentiality, complaints and suggestions.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Must have good verbal communication.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
  • Ensure property handling of food and keep a safe and sanitary meal site at all times.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and proof of insurability.
  • Must become certified in first aid and CPR within 6 months of employment.
  • Must pass the State of Illinois Department of Public Health Food Service Sanitation Certification Exam within 6 months of employment.
  • Must stay current with first aid, CPR training, and Food Service Sanitation Certification.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May supervise 2 or more volunteers in the meal Site Program in accordance with the organization’s policies.

Education and/or Experience:  Requires a high school diploma or GED and three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Job Title: Program Assistant
Department: Property & Assets

SUMMARY Provide assistance and support to Department Head across a variety of program content areas.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Assist other program staff with program guidelines and act as backup for receptionist when needed.
  • Verify/certify that files are complete and do data entry as needed.
  • Prepares bills for payment, purchase orders, and other vouchers as needed.
  • Assist with intake and referral of customers as requested.
  • Must have a working knowledge of program guidelines.
  • Interacts with and assists other staff in the completion and compilation of paperwork, updating of forms, collecting information and communicating with them regularly on various program issues.
  • Perform general clerical duties, which may include taking meeting minutes, maintaining department calendar and assisting in the preparation of all monthly and annual reports and other documents as needed
  • May be directed to perform data entry and all related functions as it pertains to program guidelines. Must have a working knowledge of computer programs including Excel and Word and a willingness to learn more.
  • Must attend meetings and trainings as required.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have basic mathematical skills and be able to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions and, percentages.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • May be required to drive. Must have a reliable vehicle, valid driver's license, and proof of insurance.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be proficient in the use of 10 key, keyboard, and other office equipment. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office software.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk and listen. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds as it relates to the office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet as generally associated with an office environment.

 

Job Title: Receptionist I
Department: Sr. Services

SUMMARY
Operates multiline telephone system to answer incoming calls and directs callers to appropriate personnel by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties as assigned.

  • Answers incoming telephone calls, determines purpose of callers, and forwards calls to appropriate personnel or department.
  • Takes and delivers messages/transfers calls to voice mail when staff are unavailable.
  • Answers questions about organization and provides callers with address, directions, and other program information when necessary or requested.
  • Retrieves messages from voice mail and forwards to appropriate personnel.
  • Completes phone intake on customer when appropriate.  Forward to appropriate staff person.
  • Welcomes on-site visitors, determines nature of business, follow customer sign-in protocol, and announces visitors to appropriate personnel.
  • Provide program guidelines to customers when necessary or requested.
  • Monitors visitor and customer access.
  • Schedules in office appointments.
  • Signs for and receives incoming packages.
  • Creates, prints & prepares for delivery fax cover sheets, memos, correspondence, reports, and other documents when necessary or requested.
  • Performs other clerical duties as needed, such as filing, photocopying, compiling and distributing paperwork when necessary or requested.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Ability to apply common sense to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE    High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must be proficient in the use of 10 key, keyboard, and other office equipment and be able to use Microsoft Windows and Office software

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; talk and listen.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds as associated with the office environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet as typically associated with an office environment.

 

Job Title: Housing Inspection Specialist
Department: Housing

Summary:  Responsible for initiating, assessing, monitoring, and/or acting on work orders for various Weatherization, Housing Rehabilitation projects, Properties & Assets projects, and LIHEAP emergency furnace jobs and inspecting all completed work.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Record and review the results of all assessments and work performed and use automated approaches to develop work orders according to established guidelines.  Completes all reporting and monitoring requirements.
  • Performs duties relating to Housing, Weatherization, Property & Assets, and Rehabilitation projects, including but not limited to:  inspection, assessment, development of work specifications and construction cost estimates, bid preparation and contract award.
  • Assist with selection of contractor(s) and the assignment of all work activities related to a job in accordance with all rules, contracts, policies, and guidelines.
  • Completes assessments and/or final interior and exterior inspections in Housing, Weatherization, Properties & Assets, and Rehabilitation projects, LIHEAP emergency furnace jobs, and other programs as required.
  • Responds to customer questions and/or concerns related to work to be performed or that has been completed.
  • Evaluate and address the safety needs of the home relating to fire risk and CO2 poisoning, lead hazard reduction.  Able to inspect and evaluate residential units for compliance with Housing Quality Standards and lead paint regulations.
  • Performs field inspections to ensure steady progress on projects; monitors workmanship, quality, and job completion; must have ability to identify substandard conditions and recommend correction in compliance with local codes and Housing Quality Standards.
  • Requires state or other required certifications to be obtained within one year of employment, including but not limited to Weatherization Inspector/Assessor Certification and HQS Certification.  Must obtain necessary certification as lead risk assessor, as required by state/federal programs within 6 months of hire.
  •  Requires valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance.

Education and/or Experience:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or 1 year related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb, balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision and hearing abilities are required.  Noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

 

Job Title:  Family Service Worker
Department:  Head Start

Summary:  Functions as a member of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program requirements. Includes the following and other duties as assigned.

  • Functions as a member of the center team to facilitate communication and smooth operation of parent activities.  Supplies parent with Parent Handbook/Social Service Directory and other notices, informing parents of program activities and assists in production of center newsletter.
  • Develops familiarity with community agencies and resource persons.  Make appropriate referrals as needed, assists other staff to make and record referrals.
  • Conducts regular home visits (minimum of 2 per year) with parents, setting family goals and assisting parent in achieving them, follow up on needs, providing case management and parent trainings.
  • Participates in monthly Center supervisory team meetings.  Follows up on Family Needs Assessment, applications, transitions and attendance to assure progress of family goals.
  • Assists Center Parent Committee chairperson with parent meetings such as parenting sessions, family fun nights and transition activities.  Attends all parent meetings at assigned site(s), providing what assistance is requested.
  • Arranges transportation and babysitting for all meetings, referrals, and other program activities, including in-kind forms, activity sheets, updates to child records, referrals and follow ups, family service plans and other documents.
  • Initiates the recruitment, enrollment, and encouragement of parent involvement in all areas of Head Start.
  • Works with all families in acquiring a primary health care source and assuming responsibility for family needs.
  • Provides input to the Social Service/Parent Involvement/Community partnerships along with the Family Engagement for the annual plan update.
  • Assists parent to develop a Family Engagement Outcome, Family Partnership Agreement and Attendance Plan/Transition with goals to accomplish during the Head Start year.
  • Maintains accurate documentation for all children and families information; utilizes database for recording and reporting data.
  • Submits reports and required forms to Program Supervisor and or Manager on time, including parent meetings, center team meeting and parent committee meeting agendas with minutes attached.
  • Communicates with office staff regarding updated information from individual child health records.
  • Transports families to and from medical/dental appointments as needed.
  • Helps families with a smooth transition into public schools or Head Start.
  • Requires the ability to travel area-wide to access classroom sites and family homes to evaluate visits with families.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence; speak effectively before groups; apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Assists in organizing and participates in parent orientation for assigned center(s).  Collaborates with teaching staff on the parent bulletin boards at the center(s).
  • Requires the ability to pass a medical examination, certifying freedom from communicable diseases upon offer of employment.  Requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of agency requirements for automobile insurance.  Requires minimum age 21 years to comply with regulations.

Education and/or Experience:  Requires a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification or ability to complete CDA within 18 months of hire and 2 years’ full time experience in Early Childhood, Family Services or related field.  An Associate’s degree in Social Work or Early Childhood education is highly preferred.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; site; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, as when dealing with pre-school age children.  Work environment as associated with the normal office environment and the pre-school element.

 

Job Title: Cook (Kewanee)
Department:  Head Start

Summary:  Functions as a part of the meal service team for the site(s) assigned and is responsible for food service in compliance with all regulatory guidelines and program requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Responsible for meal preparation and service at assigned center site(s) by completing daily and weekly checklists.  Assures preparation of healthy, nutritious meals in a safe and sanitary manner.  Follows proper food sanitation procedures to assure safety of foods served and stored.
  • Works cooperatively with other staff and managers to provide food service at assigned center site(s).  Assists with meal service and child services, as needed.  Complies with all Risk Management procedures; participates in regular fire and tornado drills.
  • Maintains a safe, healthy work environment, overseeing cleaning of food service areas on a daily basis.  Washes dishes following proper sanitation procedures.  Ensures that equipment and appliances are well maintained, conducts monthly safety checks of all appliances to ensure safe operation.
  • Accepts and reviews deliveries; stores promptly.  Utilizes First In/First Out method in food storage and use.
  • Ensures transport of food to assigned center site(s), maintaining proper temperature and sanitation conditions.
  • Assists with menu planning, providing suggestions and making written changes on menu when they occur.  Prepares grocery list/supplies for purchasing each week based on menu and inventory.  Ensures food and supplies are ordered and stored in a timely manner.

Education and/or Experience:  Requires a high school diploma or GED and Food Service Sanitation certification, or ability and willingness to complete GED and courses in food service and sanitation.

 

Job Title: Family Service Worker
Department: Head Start
SUMMARY: Functions as a member of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive services in accordance with all regulations and program requirements. Includes the following and other duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties as assigned.

  • Functions as a member of the center team to facilitate communication and smooth operation of parent activities.  Supplies parent with Parent Handbook/Social Service Directory and other notices, informing parents of program activities and assists in production of center newsletter.
  • Develops familiarity with community agencies and resource persons.  Make appropriate referrals as needed, assists other staff to make and record referrals.
  • Conducts regular home visits (minimum of 2 per year) with parents, setting family goals and assisting parent in achieving them, follow up on needs, providing case management and parent trainings.
  • Participates in monthly Center supervisory team meetings.  Follows up on Family Needs Assessment, applications, transitions and attendance to assure progress of family goals.
  • Assists Center Parent Committee chairperson with parent meetings such as parenting sessions, family fun nights and transition activities.  Attends all parent meetings at assigned site(s), providing what assistance is requested.
  • Arranges transportation and babysitting for all meetings, referrals, and other program activities, including in-kind forms, activity sheets, updates to child records, referrals and follow ups, family service plans and other documents.
  • Initiates the recruitment, enrollment, and encouragement of parent involvement in all areas of Head Start.
  • Works with all families in acquiring a primary health care source and assuming responsibility for family needs.
  • Provides input to the Social Service/Parent Involvement/Community partnerships along with the Family Engagement for the annual plan update.
  • Assists parent to develop a Family Engagement Outcome, Family Partnership Agreement and Attendance Plan/Transition with goals to accomplish during the Head Start year.
  • Maintains accurate documentation for all children and families information; utilizes database for recording and reporting data.
  • Submits reports and required forms to Program Supervisor and or Manager on time, including parent meetings, center team meeting and parent committee meeting agendas with minutes attached.
  • Communicates with office staff regarding updated information from individual child health records.
  • Transports families to and from medical/dental appointments as needed.
  • Helps families with a smooth transition into public schools or Head Start.
  • Requires the ability to travel area-wide to access classroom sites and family homes to evaluate visits with families.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence; speak effectively before groups; apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Assists in organizing and participates in parent orientation for assigned center(s).  Collaborates with teaching staff on the parent bulletin boards at the center(s).
  • Requires the ability to pass a medical examination, certifying freedom from communicable diseases upon offer of employment.  Requires a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of agency requirements for automobile insurance.  Requires minimum age 21 years to comply with regulations.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Requires a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification or ability to complete CDA within 18 months of hire and 2 years’ full time experience in Early Childhood, Family Services or related field.  An Associate’s degree in Social Work or Early Childhood education is highly preferred.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; site; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, as when dealing with pre-school age children.  Work environment as associated with the normal office environment and the pre-school element.

 


Project NOW is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and PROVIDER

Positions within Project NOW are primarily grant funded and funding decreases can affect our staffing needs.

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