New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an innovative and interdisciplinary child welfare and social services agency that provides essential support to families with at least one family member who has a disability and/or chronic medical condition. Children and their families enter into NAC’s services through the city’s foster care system, preventive services, or by way of community referral. All of our clients have access to a wide array of services including intensive, multi-faceted support for children’s educational needs.
NAC is looking for a creative problem solver to join a fun, hardworking team as an Education Specialist – Community Advocacy and Training Support (CATS) who will support families from NAC who participate in Medicaid community-based support programs in wide-ranging school/schooling related matters. Additionally, the Education Specialist CATS will assist in the development and delivery of opportunities related to the promotion of caregiver and student self-advocacy and empowerment.
Responsibilities of the Education Specialist CATS:
•Primary responsibility is to support NAC families in accessing appropriate educational and developmental supports & services.
•Participate in the creation of service plans with specific goals and objectives for youth & family.
•Liaise with school staff & city agency officials & offices to ensure school/program compliance with federal, state & city laws & regulations.
•Work with teachers & service providers on matters of academic support & related services.
•Participate in NAC case conferences, school visits, classroom observations & IFSP/IEP meetings among other meetings, as necessary.
•Serve as a resource to NAC social workers/case and care managers, as well as, to caregivers and youth in providing technical assistance & guidance with educational matters.
•Collaborate with colleagues within the education department and with colleagues from other departments including medical and mental health staff, transportation, and recreation so as to share best practices and problem solve.
•Assist with and/or facilitate NAC-based programming for youth and family, presentations to staff, and educational workshops.
•Collaborate on grant reporting and application/funding opportunities.
•Manage caseload data
•Prompt development and submission of progress and case notes
•Maintenance of billable hours
•Master’s in Education, Special Education, Social Work or related field with 2-3 yrs exp.
•Proficiency in Spanish is desirable.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.