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. As such, NAC is looking for a creative problem solver to join a fun, hardworking team as an Education Specialist for Elementary Aged Clients who will support families from NAC who participate in community-based support programs in wide-ranging school/schooling related matters. Additionally, the Education Specialist will assist in the development and delivery of opportunities related to the promotion of caregiver and student self-advocacy and empowerment.
*Please note, the Education Department is largely working remotely from home at this time. As of now, outside providers are not permitted into NYC schools. However, should that change, we expect Education Specialists to resume in-person school visits, IEP meetings, and classroom observations, as per usual.
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 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 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 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 a plus.
•Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
•Excellent written and oral skills.
•Willingness to travel throughout NYC, as needed
•Proficiency in Spanish is desirable.
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. was founded on the principle of inclusion. We strive to create and maintain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace at all levels. It is not enough to serve; we must strive to dismantle oppressive policies and practices.