Education Liaison (DHS)
PMHCC - Philadelphia, PA

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The major responsibilities of the DHS Education Liaison are to lead and support the removal of education barriers for children in DHS care; identify educational support resources to meet the specific educational needs of children in DHS care; collaborate and communicate with child welfare and school staff on a regular basis on behalf of the educational needs of children in DHS care; and educate and train child welfare and school professionals on the needs of children and youth in out of home placement or otherwise actively involved with DHS. The Education Stability Education Liaison directly reports to the Education Support Center Supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Serves as a liaison between DHS, DHS’ Improving Outcome for Children ‘s Community Umbrella Agencies , DHS contracted Providers, Community Behavior Health, Foster Parents, Families and School personnel to promote collaborative processes and communication in educational planning for DHS involved students

Provide individual consultation, technical assistance, and training to DHS, providers, school district staff, charter schools, school counselors, principals, vice principals, RTI/SAP specialist and external stakeholders and resource families in order to remove educational barriers and promote academic well-being for children and youth involved with DHS

Track Early Warning Indicators (EWI) for children in DHS care attending school K - 12 and utilize educational data to plan and consult with DHS and provider workers, school counselors, and other stakeholders

Convene and coordinate meetings and conference calls with and assist DHS and provider agency case workers and school support staff in the removal of educational barriers and the development of appropriate action plans to support and solve educational issues for children and youth in DHS care

Support special education planning for children in DHS care who are eligible for or receiving special education services

Support early intervention and early childhood program linkage with School District of Philadelphia and other system partners for children less than 6 years old involved with DHS.

Coordinate with the School District’s Student Transition Center and Re-engagement Center to address school transitions, enrollment, supports credit recovery issues and diploma attainment for youth involved with DHS care

Convene and coordinate with and assist Probation and DHS delinquency provider workers and school counselors to address and remove educational barriers for children and youth returning from delinquent placement and/or receiving delinquent services

Provide technical assistance and training to Probation, DHS, DHS provider agency, and school district staff on the educational needs of children and youth in the delinquency system

Research and identify resources and tools for child welfare workers that can support the educational needs of children and youth in DHS care. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and responsibilities are needed.
Timely input, maintains, and manage Education Support Center database to track all consultations, activities, and resolutions on behalf of removing educational barriers for children and youth in DHS care.

Attend internal, external, and cross-systems meetings that address the educational needs of children and youth in DHS care

Perform other duties assigned by direct supervisor related to advancing the goal of the Education Support Center as assigned

Skills Required:
Knowledge of Philadelphia School District programs and procedures. Strong writing skills; writing sample will be requested prior to interview. Strong oral communication skills. Training and/teaching, seminar, or work shop delivery experience a must. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and responsibilities. Ability to work as a team. Significant local and state-wide (nearby PA counties) travel required. Knowledge of special education programs, truancy services. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a fast paced environment. Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and other standard computer software packages. Excellent organizational skills.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Education, or related field. 5 years of experience in child welfare, social work, juvenile justice, or related field

Essential Functions:
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as maneuvering in office space - reaching file cabinets, fax and copier machines when necessary. Must be able to sit for up to 2 hours while looking at and using a computer. Must possess the ability to use a keyboard and mouse for typing or performing data entry functions. Must be able to interact with the School District, DHS, Court, providers and the public.

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