Family Peer Advocate

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Meet with families to provide family support, advocacy and empowerment skills.
  • Increase awareness of and enhance family strengths.
  • Advocate for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and family driven.
  • Connect families to natural community supports.
  • Promote effective parent-professional system partnerships and address barriers that may prevent full service participation.
  • Complete all required paperwork in accordance with funding and agency requirements and submit by required deadline.  This includes but not limited to case records, timesheets, mileage forms and expense reports.
  • Conduct groups to offer opportunities for families to connect and reduce isolation.
  • Provide workshops to enhance parenting skills.
  • Support and encourage family participation in community, regional, state, and national activities to develop leadership skills and expand circles of support.
  • Collaborate with other family support programs and the OMH Regional Advisor and participate in workgroups that promote family support policy and planning.
  • Complete all documentation in compliance to agency and funding regulations.
  • Assume other tasks, projects and responsibilities as needed to ensure the effective operation of the program.

Qualifications and Requirements include:

  • High School Diploma, college degree preferred.
  • FPA (Family Peer Advocate) Credential preferred or completed within first year of employment.
  • Must have parented a child with emotional and/or behavioral concerns.
  • Valid New York State driver's license with a safe and responsible driving history.
  • A vehicle that is properly insured and registered in accordance with NYS DMV regulations.

Schedule:

  • Up to (10) hours per week.
  • Flexible schedule based on client's needs and availability, which will include evening hours.