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15 Nov 2017

Research and Policy Advocate, Parent Center

Advocates for Children of New York, Inc.

Job Description

Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) is a not-for-profit organization that works to ensure a highquality education for New York students who face barriers to academic success, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds. AFC works on behalf of children and youth who are at greatest risk of academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, homelessness, immigration status/limited English proficiency, or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students.

AFC seeks an Advocate to join its Parent Center staff, which provides information and training to families of students with disabilities throughout New York City. AFC is open to considering applicants for this position who want to work full-time (40 hours a week), as well as applicants who want to work part-time (32 or more hours a week).

 Assists families who contact Advocates for Children with school-related matters, including families who contact AFC by email.
 Provides training to groups of parents, professionals, and students in all five boroughs of New York City.
 Coordinates Parent Center training and outreach, including publicizing training programs.
 Acts as liaison to organizations and groups asking AFC to conduct trainings or attend informational fairs.
 Maintains clear and accurate records of all calls and activities, as well as information on workshops and fairs, in Salesforce database.
 Participates in committees and collaborative efforts to benefit the office as

 Demonstrated commitment to supporting students with disabilities and their families.
 Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
 Strong interpersonal skills.
 Flexibility and initiative.
 Ease and comfort with technology.
 Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
 B.A. or B.S. required.
 Familiarity with Microsoft Word required. Familiarity with Excel, PowerPoint, and Salesforce a plus.
 Fluency in a language other than English, especially Spanish, a plus.

The salary depends on experience and includes generous benefits.

How to Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to with “Parent Center Advocate” in the subject line. Candidates should highlight in their cover letter any personal or professional experience that demonstrates their connection to the populations that AFC serves. No phone calls, please. Only candidates being scheduled for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This position is available immediately, and candidates are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible. AFC is an affirmative action employer that actively encourages applications from a broad spectrum of people, including people of color, with disabilities, and of diverse religions, national origins, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Research and Policy.

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