Family Advocate Specialist - School of Social Work (135642)
University of Illinois

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Family Advocate Specialist

School of Social Work

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Located in Champaign, Illinois


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking dynamic professionals to join a partnership between public university social work programs and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).

The Family Advocate Specialist works with the Family Advocate Coordinator to train and support Family Peer Supporters in the Integrated Health Home model. The Family Advocate Specialist will provide leadership, on-going coaching, and support for Integrated Health Home staff, provide oversight of fidelity to the family peer support model and serve as Subject Matter Expert for family peer support.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Plan and deliver both web-based training, including questions and answers, and on-site trainings statewide for:

  • Systems of Care Family Support Training
  • Associated monthly booster training for Family Peer Supporters

Using various training, coaching and transfer of learning methodologies, the trainer will engage in person and by webinar with Integrated Health Home Staff to:
  • Effectively and strategically shares personal stories around systems navigation.
  • To assess agency-specific challenges and build strategies for effective implementation of Family Peer Support staff within the Integrated Health Home model.
  • Work in conjunction with the Systems of Care Coordinator and Family Advocate Coordinator team to ensure providers are integrating SOC principles including family-driven care.

Develop training, including on-site training and web-based training on intermediate and advanced topic related to Family Peer Support.
  • Provide feedback to Systems of Care Coordinator, Family Advocate Coordinator and Workforce Development Team as Subject Matter Expert on Family Peer Support implementation efforts to guide future curriculum development and statewide support strategies.

Other Duties as Assigned
  • Some analysis of training effectiveness may be required.
  • Travel may be necessary several days per week in order to effectuate training and coaching.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree required. Must complete Systems of Care certification within 120 days of employment. Parent or primary caregiver involved in the day-to-day care of a child or adolescent with emotional/behavioral health challenges. Experience successfully navigating two or more child-serving systems for child(ren) with emotional and/or behavioral challenges including but not limited to, mental health, public education, child welfare, juvenile/family court, and corrections. Experience with coaching, training, teaching, and/or public speaking.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience in a peer support role to families that include children, adolescents, or transition-age youth with emotional/behavioral health challenges preferred. Experience with wraparound services preferred. Past participation in support groups and/or advisory committees preferred.

Knowledge Requirements:

Knowledge of pertinent resources, including funding options, and how to access them. Fundamental knowledge of child and adolescent mental health disorders, treatments, services, and supports, including public service programs available to youth. General knowledge of parenting strategies and family dynamics. Knowledge of individual and systems advocacy approaches; know how to find information on child / parental rights as well as state / federal laws and regulations. Fundamental knowledge of special education and other services/accommodations available through the public education system. Fundamental knowledge of the wraparound process and principles. Knowledge of the current best practices for addressing challenging behavior. Knowledge of the impact of trauma on children, youth, and families. Knowledge and experience with advocacy and strength-based interventions. Basic knowledge of conflict resolution methods. Knowledge of transition services, resources, and timelines. Proficient in Microsoft Office. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills. Highly organized, able to work independently. Basic understanding of group facilitation techniques.

This is a full-time (100%), twelve month academic professional position. There are multiple positions available. The position is grant-funded and renewal is contingent upon availability of funds. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by May 28, 2021. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume, and the name, address, and phone numbers of three professional references. Interviews and hires may occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

For further information about this specific position, contact You may also visit for additional information. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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School of Social Work


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Family Advocate Specialist - School of Social Work (135642)

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