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.
As such, 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.
Position Type: Full-Time
Location: 37 West 26th Street 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Description of Responsibilities:
•Primary responsibility is to support NAC families in accessing appropriate educational and developmental supports and services.
•Participate in the creation of service plans with specific goals and objectives for youth and family.
•Liaise with school staff and city agency officials and offices to ensure school/program compliance with federal, state and city laws and regulations.
•Work with teachers and service providers on matters of academic support and related services.
•Participate in NAC case conferences, school visits, classroom observations, and 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 and 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
Required Education and Experience:
•Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education, Social Work, or a related field
•Bachelor’s Degree with at least 2-3 years of relevant experience
•Knowledge of Federal, State, and City regulations regarding provision of special education and general education services.
•Knowledge of and/or experience with the New York City public school system and/or early learning centers and service providers a plus.
•Proficiency in Spanish is desirable.
For information on New Alternatives for Children, Inc., including more information on employee benefits and our agency culture, visit our website at www.nackidscan.org
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity, entity and inclusion.