School Network Staff EDUCATION SPECIALIST
Esperanza is an innovative alternative to incarceration program that seeks to reduce the number of youth who are placed outside of their homes or incarcerated, either through a delinquency case in family court or via an adult court case. Esperanza staff work with youth and their families in their own homes and communities, providing therapy and case management, helping to set short- and long-term goals, and facilitating connections to schools and other community-based organizations to assist youth and caregivers in establishing longer-term supportive networks.
Esperanza is seeking an Education Specialist. Job responsibilities include: working with therapists to enhance educational opportunities and engagement for program youth; attending school-related meetings in more challenging cases, including IEP meetings and other discussions around special education supports and services as well as suspensions/disciplinary actions; on-going training for staff on educational rights, supports and services, school discipline etc.; collection, review and distribution of parent materials created by the DOE and outside organizations regarding school-related rights and responsibilities; development of original support materials for parents and therapists; facilitation of relationships with DOE personnel; and maintaining and advancing relationships with other service providers, such as HSE, job training, and college readiness programs, legal service providers, and Department of Probation personnel. In addition responsibilities include tracking of education-related data to support grant reports, and supervising interns working on education-related projects for Esperanza.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience working with school and district personnel, including, but not limited to guidance counselors, principals, members of school-based support teams, and committees on special education. In-depth knowledge of special education and school discipline procedure is required. Advanced degree in law, education, social work or related preferred. Spanish speakers preferred.
$55,000+ depending upon education and experience, plus excellent benefits