Bilingual Foster Grandparent Advocate
Federal Hill House Association
Starting Salary: $33,670
ASAP, Full Time, Permanent
About Federal Hill House (FHH):
Federal Hill House is a nonprofit community-based organization in Providence, Rhode Island. Our mission is to strengthen family and community life in Providence through education, opportunities, and support, at every stage of life. FHH’s Foster Grandparents Program is part of the division of adult and aging services, which also includes two food pantries, community health work, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Our programs and services for older adults are organized as part of our Central Providence Healthy Aging Network.
In addition to these programs, FHH also offers early childhood and parent education programs, school age childcare, service learning and summer internships for teens. Most FHH participants reside in the Federal Hill, West End and Olneyville neighborhoods of Providence and are diverse in culture, language, and home lives.
The Foster Grandparents Program (FGP) is designed to provide a unique service built on the natural bond between generations, serving as a bridge that connects children and older adults. Foster Grandparent “volunteers” are adults over 55 who help children develop the skills, confidence, and strength to succeed in life. FGP’s make their neighborhoods stronger by assisting children at schools, Head Start sites and daycares, community centers, libraries and other non-profit organizations throughout the City of Providence.
Due to the COVID- 19 pandemic all active Foster Grandparents are serving remotely. FHH has issued chromebooks and hotspots to all volunteers, as well as conducted initial tech training. While the pandemic continues, we continue to seek ways to actively involve FGP’s in volunteer opportunities either remotely or virtually.
FGP volunteers that meet income eligibility requirements receive a modest hourly tax-free stipend, travel allowance, meals, paid holidays, accident, and liability insurance while on duty.
Job Description Overview:
The FGP Advocate will be responsible for working directly with an average of 40 older adult participants in the Foster Grandparents Program. They will recruit volunteers, liaise with volunteer stations, and support FGP volunteers to have a successful experience in the program.
This is a 35 hour per week full-time position with benefits. Ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish is required for this position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
* Recruit, enroll, orient, and place senior volunteers at volunteer stations
* With colleagues, recruit volunteer stations to host Foster Grandparent volunteers, including daycares, schools, and other child-serving locations
* Coordinate FGP volunteer assignments including assisting volunteer site staff to develop volunteer assignment plan and volunteer activities
* Monitor progress towards achieving the expected outcomes and impact specified in assignment plans
* With colleagues, plan training and monthly in-service meetings
* Support FGP volunteers with accessing technology including Chromebook, internet hotspot, email and Zoom
* Use creative thinking and community connections to develop remote volunteer projects
* Enhance the total project effort through active involvement with community organizations,
other national service programs and other senior and volunteer programs.
* Assist with preparation of bi-weekly stipend payroll, including monitoring leave time for all volunteers
* Maintain personnel records on volunteers
* Conduct monitoring visits to all volunteer sites on a quarterly basis
* Manage files and data for outcomes and evaluation reporting, as well as use Microsoft Office, excel and powerpoint
* Represent/advocate for the volunteers at meetings, committees and other local and state meetings
* Collaborate with colleagues to provide supportive services to FGP’s including referrals to agency opportunities and support (community health worker, food access, health and wellness, etc.)
* Other duties as assigned by your direct supervisor or by the Executive Director of the agency
* Associates Degree required; Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Health, Education, or related field strongly preferred
* High level of interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish
* Ability to convey complex information in a clear and understandable manner
* Organizational skills to include managing multiple activities; ability to prioritize projects of varying complexities; ability to meet required timelines
* Ability to work in a fast paced environment
Ability to effectively work independently and in collaboration with multiple staff and programs
* Experience working with and outreaching to diverse populations
* Love and respect for older adults
* Fluency (speaking, reading and writing) in English and Spanish required