Educational Advocate

CASA-NYC is a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization providing advocacy for children and youth in New York City foster care. We are seeking a part-time Educational Advocate, who will be responsible for training volunteer advocates and providing expert consultation to volunteer advocates and staff on education related issues.

CASA-NYC seeks a seasoned professional with a minimum of three to five years of post-graduate professional experience in the NYC educational system and a demonstrated interest in child welfare to fulfill the following responsibilities:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide consultation to staff and volunteers on cases involving advocacy for Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs); special education services, high school enrollment and transfers; rights and services for English Language Learners; and other education related issues as needed.
  • Create and maintain partnerships with agencies in NYC that provide educational services and or advocacy to foster children.
  • Accompany volunteer advocates or staff to meetings at foster care agencies, ACS or schools when educational expertise is needed.
  • Develop and facilitate bi-annual in-service trainings for volunteer advocates and staff on topics related to educational advocacy.
  • Facilitate the Educational Advocacy section of the volunteer pre-services trainings four times annually.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MSEd, JD or other relevant advanced degree.
  • Three to five years of experience as a professional educator, administrator or educational advocacy attorney with significant experience in the New York City public school system.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the NYC child welfare system.
  • Supervision experience preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills.
  • Professional maturity and ability to foster positive relationships with a diverse array of individuals and professionals.
  • Ability to work both independently, with strong initiative, as well as collaboratively with a small team.
  • Bilingual candidates preferred

CASA-NYC is a partner project of the Fund for the City of New York.  We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ-identified and differently-abled candidates to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience. A competitive benefits package includes a 401(k) retirement plan with match, health, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, pre-tax transit costs and generous vacation.

To apply please email cover letter and resume to info@casa-nyc.org. No phone calls please. Only applicants considered for the position will be contacted by CASA.