Casey Family Programs, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a national operating foundation that provides and improves—and ultimately prevents the need for—foster care. We value a diverse and culturally competent workplace.
To provide youth in or recently transitioned from foster care, their caregivers, and public and private partners specialized knowledge and supports in the areas of education, career/vocational development and employment. This position works with the Director and Foster Care Supervisor to engage in system improvement efforts that enhance the educational resources of youth in foster care and those youth exiting the foster care system. In collaboration with field office staff, this position assists in assuring that the CFS workforce is focused on achieving organizational goals through their direct practice and consultation roles.
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· Provides direct service to children, youth, and young adults receiving services from Casey Family Programs through strategic assessments and the development of an individualized education/vocation plan when appropriate. Reviews youth intake information as part of an initial education assessment and makes education recommendations in the youth’s preliminary service plan. Teams with primary worker to create a historical academic profile to include education documentation for case records (grades, IEPs, 504 plan, etc.) and to provide coordinated and high quality education services.
· Teaches youth and caregivers, including resource families, kin and birth parents, to navigate systems that influence or govern their academic achievement and career development success. Provides technical assistance and training on education advocacy and system navigation for foster care staff, public child welfare staff (as requested by local jurisdiction), and families caring for youth in out of home care. When appropriate advocates for youth with schools and employers.
· Identifies local educational/vocational/career development programs and services and develops linkages between community programs and Casey Family Programs. Makes assessment of tutoring and other relevant services and in partnership with lead social worker coordinates with vendors the securing of services and as appropriate provides initial review and approval of invoices and reports against allocated budgets.
· Develops and maintains positive working relationships with community partners, including: schools, local colleges/universities, employers, federal and state/county vocational services, private businesses, and community agencies. Provides staff and community partner’s information on educational and career development/vocational resources and culturally appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies.
· May participate in local, state, and other system improvement forums to assist in the development and implementation of new programs and services based on emerging and proven best practice.
· Is available for consultation with education and career development/vocational counterparts throughout the organization. Stays updated on educational tools and best practices and works to implement them internally and, when appropriate, externally.
· Other duties as assigned
This position may require a lead case management for young adults in the college scholarship program.
· Master’s Degree in Education from an accredited institution, preferably with a Special Education Endorsement or certification and five years of full-time teaching experience in public or private education is required. Knowledge of educational best practices in assessment, basic skills, technology, special education, and multi-cultural education is required.
· Experience working with and supporting the educational and career/vocational development of youth that are identified as having been drug exposed, survivors of emotional and/or physical trauma, or are developmentally delayed is highly desired. Knowledge of the Special Education Law and Accommodations under section 504 is essential.
· The candidate must also have demonstrated skills in collaboratively working with youth and consultation and advocacy on behalf of youth with schools, families, and community agencies.
· Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical for this position.
· Experience in working with state, county and other government agencies is preferred.
· Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) is essential.
· Local travel required for home visits, meetings with families, and other regularly required meetings. Driving on Casey business may require use of personal vehicle; adherence to vehicle safety guidelines and qualification for insurance is required.
· Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function.