New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an innovative child welfare agency located in Midtown Manhattan, which provides services to medically fragile children and their families. NAC is currently seeking applicants for a Youth Development Specialist/ MSW.
Responsible as Project Director of New Alternatives for Children’s New Horizons for Kids Program, for the design, implementation, administration and evaluation of mentoring, counseling and adult supervision activities for pre-teen children ages 9 to 12 years.
1. Coordinate and supervise volunteer mentors (recruitment is ongoing responsibility of NAC’s Director of Volunteers and Community Relations)
2. With Director of Volunteers, help train and orient new mentors
3. Plan and coordinate mentor/mentee activities and confirm mentor and participant attendance.
4. Provider support and supervision to mentors in person and via telephone
5. Coordinate with NAC Transportation Department regarding logistics
• Adult-supervised activities
1. Develop a variety of activities and outings that stimulate cognitive, social, and/or emotional growth and provide a context for productive relationship building.
2. Coordinate arrangements with venues, sites, and loci of activities
3. Coordinate logistics with NAC Transportation Department and other staff
4. Work with community partners to recruit participants and schedule use of their space as needed
• Adult-led group discussions
1. Prepare and co-lead (with other NAC staff) discussion groups focused on tropics of concern to pre-teen youth.
2. Design (non-monetary) incentives to ensure attendance and participation of youth recruited through NAC and/or program community partners.
• Parent Education
1. Consult with NAC’s Director of Educational Services and utilize resources provided in the grant to develop a curriculum for parent education groups.
2. Prepare and co-lead (with other NAC staff) parent education groups.
3. Design and implement (non-monetary) incentives to promote attendance and participation of parents of children enrolled in the program.
• General Duties
1. Coordinate content of all activities such that project objectives are consistently integrated and reinforced across program components
2. Set up and monitor mechanism to track attendance, compliance, and indicators
3. Work with NAC staff to evaluate project findings and results
4. Prepare reports for funder and supervisor
• Requires excellent computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet, and web-based applications).
• Prefer experience working with special needs youth and youth in the child welfare system.
• Prefer bilingual (Spanish/English).
HOURS: 35 hours per week