Family Peer Advocate

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Meet with families according to their scheduling needs at least 60% of worked time.
  • Increase awareness of and enhance family strengths.
  • Advocate for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and family driven.
  • Assist families to rediscover and reconnect to natural community supports.
  • Promote effective parent-professional system partnerships.
  • Address barriers that may prevent full-service participation.
  • Empower families to make informed decisions and advocate on behalf of and in collaboration to promote shared decision making.
  • Prepare and accompany families to meetings to ensure their voice is included in the planning and decision-making at all levels.

Qualifications and Requirements include:

·  High school diploma.

·  Complete the required OMH trainings within the first year of employment.

·  Must parent or have parented a child with special needs.

·  Must have a valid New York State driver's license with a safe and responsible driving history.  A motor vehicle that is properly insured, registered, and maintained in accordance with NYS DMV regulations and the ability to regularly travel to and from residences, worksites and schools within Nassau or Suffolk County.

·  Knowledge of Outlook, Microsoft Word and the Internet.  Ability to adapt to program specific applications.

Schedule:

·  Full time, 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

Family and Children's Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran