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Robin Hood Project – Case Manager
Advocates for Children
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) is a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with New York City's most disadvantaged families to secure quality and equal public education services for their children. AFC works on behalf of children and youth who are at greatest risk of academic failure due to poverty, race, ethnicity, disability, 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. Candidates should highlight any personal or professional experience that demonstrates their connection to the populations that AFC serves.
The Robin Hood Project at AFC partners with roughly 20 other Robin Hood-funded organizations to help their staff assist clients who are struggling with education-related issues, including problems relating to literacy, learning disabilities, truancy, and emotional and behavioral disorders. The Project, which also includes a staff attorney, a senior case manager, and a supervising attorney, builds the capacity of these organizations through training and technical assistance so they can better address the educational needs of their clients. Additionally, the Robin Hood Project works directly with families served by these organizations by providing legal representation, advocacy, and case management services.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Providing case management and advocacy services to families experiencing school-related difficulties such as inappropriate special education placements and services, enrollment issues, or suspensions. This may include conducting client interviews, assisting clients with school admissions, locating educational resources for clients and advocating for students at school meetings or suspension hearings.
• Providing training and workshops to parents and staff at partnering agencies on a variety of education-related topics
• Providing on-going technical assistance to staff at partnering agencies with the aim of building the capacity of these organizations to better address students’ educational issues
• Tracking and recording project statistics and preparing data for grant reports.
Strength in oral and written communication skills. Experience presenting to groups a plus.
• Ability to identify, analyze, and creatively resolve layered and complex problems
• Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and work both independently and as a member of a team. Applicant should be highly-organized and able to multi-task.
• Commitment and ability to empower the families that are the focus of AFC’s mission.
• Fluency in Spanish required
• Experience in education or social services required
• BA or BS degree required
Experience presenting to groups a plus.
How TO APPLY:
Please send an email with “Robin Hood Case Manager” in the subject line with a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only candidates being scheduled for interviews will be contacted.
* The position is available immediately, and resumes will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information on AFC, see www.advocatesforchildren.org. Salary: Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits included.
*No phone calls please.
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, gender identities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds.