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Job Opening: Bilingual Parent Advocate

EDCI is seeking to fill the position of Bilingual Parent Advocate, a position central to the EDCI’s work with elementary school children and families. This full-time, benefits-eligible position will report to the EDCI Parent Advocate Program Manager.  The Bilingual Parent Advocate will serve as a link between families and school personnel at Y.E. Smith Elementary Museum School, EDCI’s target elementary school in East Durham.

East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) is committed to improving outcomes for children and families living in a 120-block area of East Durham, referred to as the EDCI Zone.  EDCI works to ensure that all youth in the EDCI Zone graduate from high school prepared for college or career. We provide a continuum of high-quality services for children and families extending from birth through high school years.  EDCI partners with over 20 local organizations and community members who share our vision and commitment to the success of East Durham children and families.

Minimum Qualifications

A Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) or related field and/or equivalent years of experience is preferred.  Candidates must be bilingual in English and Spanish and have experience working with the Latino community. Translation and interpretation skills, experience working with low-income families, conducting trainings, and/or teaching/tutoring at the elementary school level is highly preferred.  Knowledge of the East Durham community and/or Durham Public Schools System also preferred.  Candidates should be resourceful and knowledgeable of community resources, with a working knowledge of city systems and agencies that support children and families. Successful candidates will work effectively in a small, fast-paced team environment.  It is essential that candidates for this position possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills, are dedicated to parent and child success, and are committed to the mission of EDCI.  Candidates must also have flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Specific tasks of the Bilingual Parent Advocate will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships and regular communication with students, families, school administrators, community stakeholders, and partner organizations
  • Recruit families into the Parent Advocate Program and other EDCI programs
  • Make referrals to partner agencies or outside services as appropriate
  • Manage caseload of English and Spanish-speaking families living in the EDCI Zone
  • Conduct home visitsand/or meetings with families in the community
  • Assess family strengths and needs to develop action plans as appropriate
  • Attend school meetings with parents and/or school staff as needed
  • Document concerns and work with children, families, and teachers
  • Provide weekly HillRAP tutoring to a cohort of students at Y.E. Smith Elementary School
  • Attend trainings as programs are implemented for student and family success
  • Assist in developing workshops that use skills and knowledge to empower parents to advocate on behalf of their children’s learning both at home and at school
  • Assist in developing workshops for school staff to foster supportive, equitable, and accountable relationships with EDCI
  • Enter program and evaluation data into online database in a thorough and timely manner
  • Keep and maintain all files up to date and confidential where necessary
  • Prepare and complete internal reports as assigned
  • Must have flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
  • Maintain strict adherence to EDCI and Durham Public Schools policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send cover letter, resume, and three references by email to:

Amber Wade
Operations and Financial Services Coordinator
East Durham Children’s Initiative
107 N. Driver Street Durham, NC 27703


East Durham Children’s Initiative prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or age.  EDCI is committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.